John McGowan Bio

John McGowan

Of Counsel
Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel

Founding Member
AmCham Abu Dhabi
US – UAE Public Affairs Committee
AmCham Abu Dhabi

John McGowan is an American lawyer who has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for over 25 years. Few western lawyers have more U.A.E. legal experience than John. His time in the U.A.E. began as an advisor to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council (Claims Committee) on construction claims against the government. Over the years, John has represented the gamut of construction project stakeholders – employers, developers, engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. For more than a decade he served as outside general counsel for three (3) oil companies operating in the GCC, providing legal advice and counsel on contracts, claims and disputes. John serves as both an arbitrator and advocate in arbitrations. He also conducts legal training courses. John is a founding member and former Board member of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi (AmCham Abu Dhabi) and presently a Board member of the International Business Women’s Group (IBWG) in Abu Dhabi.