Regulatory and Compliance


Seth Cowell is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he counsels and represents domestic and foreign entities in national security-related areas, including matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He also counsels clients on matters relating to federal government contracting under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other laws and regulations concerning domestic and international business.

After graduating from law school, Seth was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as a member of the USAF Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His last active duty assignment was at the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he served as government contracts counsel to small research and development (Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR) programs and several multibillion-dollar programs.

After separating from active duty, Seth continued to advise on government contracts, fraud, and ethics as an Air Force civilian at Hanscom. He then took a position as the senior civilian legal advisor to a Department of Defense (DoD) organization tasked with supporting the USS Cole and 9/11 trials, as well as counter-threat finance. In 2015, Seth joined the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an operations attorney, where he prepared and presented applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Recipient, Assistant Attorney General Award for Excellence, 2017
  • Recipient, Reginald C. Harmon Award for Outstanding Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year, 2011
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Contact Information

1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-791-8015

Email | Seth

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