Debra Kowich

Senior Associate General Counsel


Telephone: (734) 764-0304
Fax: (734) 763-5648
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Secretary:  Denise Truesdell
Telephone: (734) 764-4503

1109 Geddes Avenue
Ruthven Building, Suite 2300
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Primary Practice Areas

  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Litigation
  • University Governance

Debra received her B.A. degree in psychology and communications in 1984 from the University of Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. She joined the Office of the Vice and General Counsel as a clerk in her third year of law school and was hired by the OGC upon graduation.

Since joining the OGC, Debra has held various positions within the office. She currently leads the University’s legal representation of the Athletics Department and serves as Chair of the Public Higher Education Practice Group within the office. Debra has litigated a variety of matters on behalf of the University in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She has broad knowledge of the University of Michigan and of higher education law.