Cody P. Fowler
Cody Fowler focuses her practice on government contracts & compliance, administrative law, aviation law and national security law. She is a member of the Colorado, Florida and District of Columbia bars, registered patent attorney, former U.S. Air Force developmental/flight test engineer and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate.
Cody was a judge advocate in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2021 as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. She practiced in a variety of areas, including government contracts, national security law, government ethics, aviation law and military justice.
Cody’s unique background as an engineer conducting flight tests prior becoming an attorney and judge advocate makes her uniquely qualified to assist aerospace, aviation and engineering clients. She understands the technical details of projects and provides in-depth analysis for contract drafting and review.
Patent Attorney, Judge Advocate and Flight Test Engineer
Cody began her Air Force career as a flight test engineer focusing on helicopters. In that role, she developed tests to ensure hardware and software modifications and new systems were compatible, functional and compliant. Notable testing included Altitude Hold/Hover Stabilization systems to land in brownout conditions, electrical system repairs for the auxiliary fuel tank jettison system, multiple EW system upgrades and a complete overhaul of the UH-1 to create the TH-1H training helicopter.
Cody transitioned to a legal career when she was selected for the Air Force Funded Legal Education Program and attended University of North Carolina School of Law.
During her final assignment prior to retirement, Cody focused on government contracts, aviation law and national security issues for an Air Force Special Operations unit. She provided legal analysis on matters of first impression, including briefing both the SOCOM Acquisition Executive and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict on expanded authorities for SOCOM contracts. She was a member of multifunctional teams that developed the requirements and contracts to support unique and cutting-edge programs in addition to monitoring compliance, advising on investigations and developing remedies.
While stationed at Shaw AFB and Andrews AFB, Cody oversaw 10+ attorneys and 15+ paralegals responsible for prosecuting all court-martials in the respective commands. While deployed to Afghanistan, Cody was the Staff Judge Advocate for an Air Force Wing. She was responsible for advising Air Force leadership on a wide variety of issues. Notably, she conducted the research and made the recommendation, which was accepted by the commander, to charge misconduct before the enemy which had not been used since the Korean war. She has litigated a number of court-martials, including trials with classified evidence.
Cody’s experience as a flight test engineer prior to becoming an attorney gives her tremendous breadth and depth of understanding regarding the DoD acquisition process. She has welcomed her transition to the civilian side of government contracts and her role in supporting clients in their endeavors. Finally, she has expanded her knowledge of aviation law by completing the coursework to earn the U.S. Aviation Law Diploma (April 2022) from IATA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Areas of Practice
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS & COMPLIANCE
- Contract drafting & administration
- RFP review & analysis
- Review & negotiation of prime contracts (competitive and sole-source)
- Detailed knowledge of SOCOM procurement authorities
- Reviewing technical data
- Small business set-asides
- Intellectual property
- Suspension & debarment actions
- Contract disputes
- FAR/DFAR compliance
- Procurement Integrity Act
- Internal investigations
- DOD and service regulations
- Aircraft accident investigations
- International treaty & requirements
- U.S. aviation law and regulations
- NTSB investigations
- Aviation contracts and insurance
- Freedom of Information Act
- UCMJ disciplinary actions
- Board for Correction of Military Records
- Colorado State Bar
- Florida State Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
University of North Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor, May 2009
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, June 2002
United States Air Force Academy
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, May 2001, Distinguished Graduate
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Defense Industrial Association
- Women Tech Network
- Air Force Association
- Military Officers Association of America
- Association of Graduates – United States Air Force Academy
- Golden Women in Business
Previous Work History
Executive Law Partners, PLLC
Counsel, 2021 –2022
U.S. Air Force
Attorney (Judge Advocate), 2009 – 2021
U.S. Air Force
Flight Test Engineer, 2003 – 2006