Erin Macgowan


  • JD, summa cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2012; Order of the Coif; James W. Smith Award for Highest Academic Rank; Editor in Chief, Boston College Law Review
  • MEd, summa cum laude, University of New Hampshire, 2006
  • BS, summa cum laude, University of New Hampshire, 2005


  • Massachusetts, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2014
  • Honorable Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Erin Macgowan


Erin Macgowan is an associate in the Litigation and Enforcement group. Erin’s practice focuses on appellate matters, as well as bankruptcy, antitrust, environmental, tax controversy, and other complex commercial disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Erin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. During law school, Erin was Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Law Review and won the Francis D. Privitera Family Commencement Award for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the Law School.  Currently, she teaches a seminar on judicial process at Boston College.



  • Successfully represented mortgagee before the Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank f/k/a/ Hyde Park Savings Bank (U.S. No. 14-116) in case involving appellate jurisdiction in bankruptcy proceedings, resulting in unanimous decision in client’s favor.
  • Represented individual charged with obstruction of justice in connection with Deepwater Horizon oil spill before the Fifth Circuit seeking mandamus review of a denial of a recusal motion and on government appeal from a motion granting a new trial.
  • Successfully represented father in a high profile international child custody dispute before both the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court (U.S. Nos. 14-1053), prevailing before both courts. 
  • Co-drafted an en banc petition to the Eleventh Circuit, representing three national medical organizations and six physicians in First Amendment challenge to Florida law that prevented doctors from speaking freely with patients about gun safety.
  • Co-drafted an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Clark v. Rameker (U.S. No. 13-299).
  • Represents individual in section 8 housing appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, resulting in affirmance of preliminary injunction order in client’s favor.
  • Represented indenture trustee for first lien noteholders in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and on appeal of the bankruptcy court’s approval of a settlement before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


  • Trial counsel in two-week arbitration before JAMs involving contractual dispute over land contamination and clean-up recovery costs. 
  • Represented Veolia Energy Boston, Inc. in bench trial before Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board involving property tax exemption, resulting in favorable order for client.

Other Matters

  • Represented Google in connection with government antitrust investigations.
  • Represented cable company in pending antitrust litigation involving claims of unlawful tying and monopoly in connection with cable set-top boxes.
  • Represented various creditors and creditors committees in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented various companies in connection with environmental regulatory matters.
  • Represented company engaged in remedial design process under CERCLA, including filing a motion for further relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
  • Represented nonprofit land reservation in appeal of denial of federal funding for disaster assistance.


  • Erin Dewey, Dust in the Wind: Is TVA’s Permit Shield a Death Knell for Interstate Nuisance Claims?, 52 B.C. L. REV. E. SUPP. 43 (2011)
  • Erin Dewey, Sundown and You Better Take Care: Why Sunset Provisions Harm the Renewable Energy Industry and Violate Tax Principles, 52 B.C. L. REV. 1106 (2011)
  • Robert Bloom & Erin Macgowan, When Rights Become Empty Promises: Promoting an Exclusionary Rule That Vindicates Personal Rights, 46 IRISH JURIST 38 (2011).
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