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The Honorable David J. Cowan

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 003 (website)

Court Info

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 003 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (213) 633-0253

Biography

The Hon. David J. Cowan is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2014 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Diana M. Wheatley (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Cowan received his B.A. from Columbia University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1988.

After graduating from law school, Cowan became an associate at the law firms of Rogers and Wells from 1988 to 1992, and Leland, Parachini, Flinn, Steinberg, Matzger, and Melnick from 1992 to 1994. He became a sole practitioner in 1994, during which time he worked as of counsel at Hong and Chang from 2001 to 2002. His areas of practice included real estate, business, tax, and insurance litigation.

Then, in 2005, Cowan became a court commissioner for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. While a court commissioner, Cowan presided over the Santa Monica Family Law Court. He was reassigned to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in 2013 to preside over probate cases. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the bench in 2014.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1988)

B.A. from Columbia University

Career

Court Commissioner at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2005 to 2014)

Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (1994 to 2005)

Of Counsel at Hong and Chang (2001 to 2002)

Associate at Leland, Parachini, Flinn, Steinberg, Matzger and Melnick (1992 to 1994)

Associate at Rogers and Wells (1988 to 1992)

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