Bradford L. Cowgill, President of SmartClaim
Bradford L. (Brad) Cowgill is the husband of Margaret Cowgill and the proud father of three grown children: Bo, Ben and Ann. All other achievements have been secondary.
Mr. Cowgill is a Lexington attorney with diverse experiences in legal, governmental, business and civic affairs. Mr. Cowgill is president of SmartClaim, a Lexington investment company engaged in bankruptcy asset management, and Pixar Financial Services, an investment firm. He is currently a member of the Prichard Committee and Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.
A native of Lexington, Mr. Cowgill practiced law for 26 years with Wyatt, Tarrant &Combs and Stites & Harbison, concentrating in corporate matters and commercial litigation, including particularly construction disputes, real estate development and state tax. From 2003 until 2007, Mr. Cowgill served as State Budget Director, one of three statutory offices reporting directly to the Governor. During a period of fiscal turbulence following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Mr. Cowgill and his staff prepared the Governor’s executive branch budgets for 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mr. Cowgill was the principal author of Kentucky's Tax Modernization Act of 2005.
In 2007-08, Mr. Cowgill served as Interim President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education where he championed the state's 'Double the Numbers' goal for increasing for bachelor's degrees, developed a 'performance funding model' for higher education and advocated an aggressive exercise of the Council's regulatory power to ensure affordable tuition at Kentucky's public institutions. In 1993 Mr. Cowgill served as Councilmember-at-Large of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and was recognized in 1984 as 'Lexington's Outstanding Young Man.'
Mr. Cowgill has chaired the boards of Saint Joseph Hospital, the New Century Lexington Partnership, United Way of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Continuing Legal Education Commission, TEAM (Toward Efficiency in Administration and Management) Lexington, Inc., the 1990 Annual Meeting of Kentucky Attorneys, the advisory board of the Lexington Community College, the Lexington-Fayette Historic Commission and the Lexington Transit Authority.
Mr. Cowgill is married to the former Margaret Riner and they are the parents of three grown children: Bo (34, New York.), Ben (31, Atlanta) and Ann (29, Atlanta).