Charlene Swartz McGowan

Charlene Swartz McGowan

Charlene Swartz McGowan

Atlanta, Georgia

Charlene Swartz McGowan is a commercial and regulatory attorney with extensive experience representing clients in complex litigation and administrative proceedings, as well as advising clients on regulatory and intellectual property matters.

Prior to joining Kaufman & Forman, Ms. McGowan served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ms. McGowan also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Georgia, representing the state in consumer protection matters. In this role, she worked with officials at the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In addition to her experience in state and federal government, Ms. McGowan has 10 years experience in private practice, representing large corporations and small to mid-size companies in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. She has tried cases to jury verdict and successfully defended cases in state and federal appellate courts and before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Ms. McGowan advises manufacturers and retailers on compliance with product safety regulations and requirements, product recalls, and brand protection and marketing strategies.  

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Product Safety
  • Administrative & Regulatory Law
  • State Attorney General Investigations

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2002
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. cum laude - 2002
    • Law Review: Georgia Law Review, Editorial Board and Articles Editor , 2000 - 2002
  • Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1998
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Consumer Policy Leadership Institute

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Senior Counsel to the Chairman, 2017 - 2018
  • Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Assistant Attorney General, 2013 - 2016
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, 2008 - 2012
  • Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP, 2002 - 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization
  • The Federalist Society
  • The Michael O’Neal Singers


  • English