The Honorable Stephanie M. Bowick

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 019

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Biography

The Hon. Stephanie M. Bowick is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. She filled the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Joe W. Hilberman (Ret.).

She is registered decline-to-state.

Judge Bowick graduated with her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. She went on to earn her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C. in 1988. While in law school, Bowick served an internship for Clairol in their legal department.

After graduating from law school, Bowick became a deputy city attorney for the San Diego City Attorney's Office from 1990 to 1993. She left the City Attorney's Office to practice as an associate for the law firms of Mills and Schroeder, Berman and Clark, and Barrack, Rodos, and Bacine. Then in 1998 Bowick joined the San Francisco City Attorney's Office as a deputy. In 2001 she served a brief stint as a deputy for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Bowick, whose parents were both teachers, then became the assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2001. During her time at LAUSD, she served as counsel for the district's inspector general, as well as served as counsel for the districts special-education hearings and appeals. She remained at LAUSD until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2009.

She enjoys cycling, golfing, and scuba diving.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Stephanie M. Bowick

  • ANGELA WATSON VS GILBERT A. CABOT

    Oct 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Gilbert A. Cabot and PressCorps MediaPlus, Inc.’s Demurrer is OVERRULED and SUSTAINED as to the 1st Cause of Action as explained further below, and SUSTAINED without leave to amend as to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Causes of Action.

    Defendants’ Motion to Strike is GRAN...

  • JOHN VORZIMER ET AL VS STEVEN BERKOWITZ ET AL

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    After consideration of the briefing and pleadings filed, Plaintiff John Vorzimer’s and Plaintiff Samantha Vorzimer’s Motion to Tax [and/or Strike] Costs of Defendants Steven Berkowitz, Law Offices of Steve Berkowitz, the Berkowitz Law Group, and the Kadish Law Group is GRANTED in its entirety. The motion i...

  • ALBERTO BUENO VS PROTO-HOMES, LLC AKA PROTO HOMES, LLC, ET AL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Proto-Homes, LLC, Group F. Buildings, Inc., Frank Vafaee, Farhad Vafaee, and Factors, LLC's Motion to Strike Irrelevant Material From Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint and Case Management Conference are CONTINUED TO October 27, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court needs additional time to revi...

  • ARTURO LANDEROS VS GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    Aug 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court’s own motion, the Hearing on Demurrer with Motion to Strike, filed by Defendant General Motors, LLC, scheduled for August 31, 2020, is CONTINUED TO November 2, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 19 at Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

    Moving party to give notice.

    DISCUSSION:

    The C...

  • SEON JOO CHUNG VS HEE SOO LEE, ET AL.

    Aug 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Hee Soo Lee’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is CONTINUED to October 26, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court is not satisfied that Defendant has fully complied with the statutory meet and confer requirements prior to filing the motion as req...

  • JOHN DOE VS BRIXINVEST, LLC

    Aug 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    1. Plaintiff John Doe’s unopposed Motion to for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff to file and serve the proposed Second Amended Complaint within 5 days.

    Counsel for Plaintiff to give notice.

    2. Defendant Brixinvest’s Motion to Compel Arbitration is CONTINU...

  • NEAL L. EIGLER, ET AL. VS STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Aug 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    After consideration of the briefing filed and oral argument at the hearing, Defendants State Farm General Insurance Company, Festa Insurance Agency, and Richard J. Festa's Motion to Strike Portions of Second Amended Complaint is GRANTED, with 20 days leave to amend.

    Counsel for Defendants to give n...

  • SUNAMERICA HOUSING FUND 567, A NEVADA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP VS IONIC ENTERPRISES, INC., A CORPORATION

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Sun America Housing Fund 567's Motion for Summary Judgment is CONTINUED TO September 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Court needs additional time to consider the issues raised by the parties.

    If any counsel has a conflict with this new date and time, the parties are to meet and confer regarding...

  • TIFFANY SMITH VS CAROLINE FRATACCI

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Caroline Fratacci’s Special Motion to Strike (Anti-SLAPP per CCP section 425.16) is CONTINUED TO September 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

    The Court needs additional time to consider the issues and arguments presented, as well as the objections asserted by the parties in the briefing filed.

    ...

  • SALLY KELLY VS TOLUCA LAKE MANOR SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The Motion of Attorney, Frances O’Meara, To Be Relieved As Counsel is MOOT because the clients, Defendant Toluca Lake Manor Senior Assisted Living, and Mariana Romano filed notices of Substitution of Attorney on June 25, 2020 and July 7, 2020.

    Moving party to give notice.

    ...

  • HUGO PLANCARTE VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Hugo Plancarte’s Motion To Compel Deposition of Person Most Knowledgeable and Custodian of Records is DENIED. Plaintiff's request for monetary sanctions is also denied.

    The Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to show that reasonable meet and confer efforts were made in a good faith atte...

  • JOEL VARGAS ET AL VS SWISS PARK INC ET AL

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    (1) Defendant Heidi’s World’s unopposed Motion for Order Deeming Requests for Admissions (Set One) Nos. 1-16 served upon Plaintiff Elvia Vargas is GRANTED.

    Sanctions are GRANTED in part. The Court reduces the amount and awards reasonable sanctions in the amount of $315.00 plus the $60.00 filing fee...

  • MARCELINO LOPEZ VS G & M MATTRESS AND FOAM CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Marcelino Lopez’s unopposed Motion for Approval of Settlement Pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 is GRANTED.

    The Court enters the proposed order and judgment lodged by Plaintiff.

    Counsel for Plaintiff to give notice.

    ...

  • DUANE SMITH VS DOWNTOWN L.A. MOTORS, LP, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Duane Smith's Motion to Compel Further Responses to Request for Production of Documents, Set Two, is DENIED in its entirety.

    First, Defendant Mercedes-Benz, USA, LLC is only obligated to produce documents of which it has custody, possession and/or control. The cases cited by Plaintiff fai...

  • MONICA ANGELICA SANTILLAN VS JONATHAN ORNSTEIN

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Jonathan Orstein’s Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to October 22, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court finds that Defendant has not complied with the statutory meet-and-confer requirements prior to filing the instant demurrer. (C...

  • MONICA ANGELICA SANTILLAN VS JONATHAN ORNSTEIN

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Jonathan Orstein’s Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to October 22, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court finds that Defendant has not complied with the statutory meet-and-confer requirements prior to filing the instant demurrer. (C...

  • MORTON MAZAHERI ET AL VS MOHAMMAD ALI TALAIE

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    (1) Defendant and Cross-Complainant Mohammed Ali Talaie’s Motion for Issue/Evidence Sanctions or Terminating Sanctions is GRANTED. The Court issues terminating sanctions against Plaintiffs and Cross-Defendants Morton Mazaheri and Kiumarz Mazaheri for their willful failure and refusal to comply with two pri...

  • LUPE GARCIA VS CECILIA LUNA SANCHEZ ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant and Cross-Complainant Cecelia Luna Sanchez’s Motion for Summary Adjudication By Partition Sale is CONTINUED to September 15, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court needs additional time to review the briefing submitted by the parties.

    On its o...

  • SKY POSTERS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL. VS BRETT CARUSO, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    RULING

    Plaintiffs Sky Posters, Inc.; Sky Tag, Inc.; United Film Corporation; West Hollywood, Inc.; Michael McNeilly; X Space, Inc.; and Steel Magnolia, LLC’s Motion to Stay Arbitration Pending Litigation is TAKEN OFF-CALENDAR as MOOT. Plaintiffs filed a Request for Dismissal of Defendant 3.0 Outdoo...

  • MYRIAM ZEITUNI, ET AL. VS EDARD AND MADELEINE FRYMER

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Edward and Madeleine Frymer’s Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 581(f)(2).) The Complaint against Defendants is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. A written ruling will be filed by the Court.

    Proposed order signed this date. Defendants to submit a proposed judgment of dismissal wi...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO September 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO September 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO October 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court ha...

  • JAMES SHELTON VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Jul 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Hyundai Motor America's Motion to Strike is CONTINUED TO August 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

    Defendant is ordered to meet and confer by telephone with counsel representing Plaintiff, within the next 5 court days, in an attempt to informally resolve the issues set forth in the motion. The Court fin...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Stephanie M. Bowick

  • ANGELA WATSON VS GILBERT A. CABOT

    Oct 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Gilbert A. Cabot and PressCorps MediaPlus, Inc.’s Demurrer is OVERRULED and SUSTAINED as to the 1st Cause of Action as explained further below, and SUSTAINED without leave to amend as to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Causes of Action.

    Defendants’ Motion to Strike is GRAN...

  • JOHN VORZIMER ET AL VS STEVEN BERKOWITZ ET AL

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    After consideration of the briefing and pleadings filed, Plaintiff John Vorzimer’s and Plaintiff Samantha Vorzimer’s Motion to Tax [and/or Strike] Costs of Defendants Steven Berkowitz, Law Offices of Steve Berkowitz, the Berkowitz Law Group, and the Kadish Law Group is GRANTED in its entirety. The motion i...

  • ALBERTO BUENO VS PROTO-HOMES, LLC AKA PROTO HOMES, LLC, ET AL.

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Proto-Homes, LLC, Group F. Buildings, Inc., Frank Vafaee, Farhad Vafaee, and Factors, LLC's Motion to Strike Irrelevant Material From Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint and Case Management Conference are CONTINUED TO October 27, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court needs additional time to revi...

  • ARTURO LANDEROS VS GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    Aug 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court’s own motion, the Hearing on Demurrer with Motion to Strike, filed by Defendant General Motors, LLC, scheduled for August 31, 2020, is CONTINUED TO November 2, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 19 at Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

    Moving party to give notice.

    DISCUSSION:

    The C...

  • SEON JOO CHUNG VS HEE SOO LEE, ET AL.

    Aug 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Hee Soo Lee’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is CONTINUED to October 26, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court is not satisfied that Defendant has fully complied with the statutory meet and confer requirements prior to filing the motion as req...

  • JOHN DOE VS BRIXINVEST, LLC

    Aug 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    1. Plaintiff John Doe’s unopposed Motion to for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff to file and serve the proposed Second Amended Complaint within 5 days.

    Counsel for Plaintiff to give notice.

    2. Defendant Brixinvest’s Motion to Compel Arbitration is CONTINU...

  • NEAL L. EIGLER, ET AL. VS STATE FARM GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Aug 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    After consideration of the briefing filed and oral argument at the hearing, Defendants State Farm General Insurance Company, Festa Insurance Agency, and Richard J. Festa's Motion to Strike Portions of Second Amended Complaint is GRANTED, with 20 days leave to amend.

    Counsel for Defendants to give n...

  • SUNAMERICA HOUSING FUND 567, A NEVADA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP VS IONIC ENTERPRISES, INC., A CORPORATION

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Sun America Housing Fund 567's Motion for Summary Judgment is CONTINUED TO September 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Court needs additional time to consider the issues raised by the parties.

    If any counsel has a conflict with this new date and time, the parties are to meet and confer regarding...

  • TIFFANY SMITH VS CAROLINE FRATACCI

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Caroline Fratacci’s Special Motion to Strike (Anti-SLAPP per CCP section 425.16) is CONTINUED TO September 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

    The Court needs additional time to consider the issues and arguments presented, as well as the objections asserted by the parties in the briefing filed.

    ...

  • SALLY KELLY VS TOLUCA LAKE MANOR SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The Motion of Attorney, Frances O’Meara, To Be Relieved As Counsel is MOOT because the clients, Defendant Toluca Lake Manor Senior Assisted Living, and Mariana Romano filed notices of Substitution of Attorney on June 25, 2020 and July 7, 2020.

    Moving party to give notice.

    ...

  • HUGO PLANCARTE VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Hugo Plancarte’s Motion To Compel Deposition of Person Most Knowledgeable and Custodian of Records is DENIED. Plaintiff's request for monetary sanctions is also denied.

    The Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to show that reasonable meet and confer efforts were made in a good faith atte...

  • JOEL VARGAS ET AL VS SWISS PARK INC ET AL

    Aug 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    (1) Defendant Heidi’s World’s unopposed Motion for Order Deeming Requests for Admissions (Set One) Nos. 1-16 served upon Plaintiff Elvia Vargas is GRANTED.

    Sanctions are GRANTED in part. The Court reduces the amount and awards reasonable sanctions in the amount of $315.00 plus the $60.00 filing fee...

  • MARCELINO LOPEZ VS G & M MATTRESS AND FOAM CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Marcelino Lopez’s unopposed Motion for Approval of Settlement Pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 is GRANTED.

    The Court enters the proposed order and judgment lodged by Plaintiff.

    Counsel for Plaintiff to give notice.

    ...

  • DUANE SMITH VS DOWNTOWN L.A. MOTORS, LP, ET AL.

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Duane Smith's Motion to Compel Further Responses to Request for Production of Documents, Set Two, is DENIED in its entirety.

    First, Defendant Mercedes-Benz, USA, LLC is only obligated to produce documents of which it has custody, possession and/or control. The cases cited by Plaintiff fai...

  • MONICA ANGELICA SANTILLAN VS JONATHAN ORNSTEIN

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Jonathan Orstein’s Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to October 22, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court finds that Defendant has not complied with the statutory meet-and-confer requirements prior to filing the instant demurrer. (C...

  • MONICA ANGELICA SANTILLAN VS JONATHAN ORNSTEIN

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant Jonathan Orstein’s Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to October 22, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court finds that Defendant has not complied with the statutory meet-and-confer requirements prior to filing the instant demurrer. (C...

  • MORTON MAZAHERI ET AL VS MOHAMMAD ALI TALAIE

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    (1) Defendant and Cross-Complainant Mohammed Ali Talaie’s Motion for Issue/Evidence Sanctions or Terminating Sanctions is GRANTED. The Court issues terminating sanctions against Plaintiffs and Cross-Defendants Morton Mazaheri and Kiumarz Mazaheri for their willful failure and refusal to comply with two pri...

  • LUPE GARCIA VS CECILIA LUNA SANCHEZ ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The hearing on Defendant and Cross-Complainant Cecelia Luna Sanchez’s Motion for Summary Adjudication By Partition Sale is CONTINUED to September 15, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., Department 19, Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Court needs additional time to review the briefing submitted by the parties.

    On its o...

  • SKY POSTERS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL. VS BRETT CARUSO, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    RULING

    Plaintiffs Sky Posters, Inc.; Sky Tag, Inc.; United Film Corporation; West Hollywood, Inc.; Michael McNeilly; X Space, Inc.; and Steel Magnolia, LLC’s Motion to Stay Arbitration Pending Litigation is TAKEN OFF-CALENDAR as MOOT. Plaintiffs filed a Request for Dismissal of Defendant 3.0 Outdoo...

  • MYRIAM ZEITUNI, ET AL. VS EDARD AND MADELEINE FRYMER

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendants Edward and Madeleine Frymer’s Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 581(f)(2).) The Complaint against Defendants is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. A written ruling will be filed by the Court.

    Proposed order signed this date. Defendants to submit a proposed judgment of dismissal wi...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO September 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO September 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court...

  • JUAN OREA LEYVA VS FCA US LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On the Court's own motion, Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses to Request for Production (Set One) is CONTINUED TO October 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    The Court finds that once again, Plaintiff's counsel has drafted overbroad and unduly burdensome discovery requests that this Court ha...

  • JAMES SHELTON VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Jul 27, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Defendant Hyundai Motor America's Motion to Strike is CONTINUED TO August 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

    Defendant is ordered to meet and confer by telephone with counsel representing Plaintiff, within the next 5 court days, in an attempt to informally resolve the issues set forth in the motion. The Court fin...

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