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Carson McKowen HEADSHOT

H. Carson McKowen, MD, JD

Carson McKowen retired in 2022 after 12 years with the firm, specializing in medical malpractice law. He was one of the three founding members, along with David Ardoin and Matthew Ory, to established Ardoin, McKowen & Ory, LLC in 2010, before changing its name to AMO Trial Lawyers, LLC in 2019. Dr. McKowen grew up in Baton Rouge, where he attended Tara High School. Before becoming an attorney, he practiced Neurological Surgery in Thibodaux and Houma, Louisiana. Although retired from both the practice of law and medicine, Dr. McKowen is always available to the firm for informal advice on medical issues.



  • University of Texas School of Law (with Honors), December 2004 (Class of 2005)

  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans, Doctor of Medicine, 1981 (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Norma Jean Adamo Award in Neuroscience, Russell Hollman Award in Pathology)

  • Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Magna cum Laude, 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi)

Medical Training


  • Neurological Surgery Residency at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, 1983-1988 (Chief Resident of Neurosurgery and Acting Clinical Director of Charity Hospital 1987-1988, voted Best Teaching Resident by the Aesculapian Society of the class of 1988)

  • General Surgery Internship – Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX, 1982-1983

  • Pathology Residency – University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and Parkland Hospital, 1981-1982

Board Certification


  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, November, 1991, lifetime certification (99th percentile, written Board Exam, 1988)

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