Hon. David J Cowan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.4 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   8.0 - 5 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. David J Cowan



Comment #: CA14237
Hope some unethical attorney lies under oath and uses his money to steal his inheritance. Justice is bullshit. My father died, and my uncle, a criminal attorney lied under oath stealing an inheritance he was never mentioned in. But like OJ, he got 5 attorneys to hide the truth. And he didn’t spend a dime. My brother with schizophrenia made him a deal. Never even stepped foot into my fathers home or even knew what type of dog he owned.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA13449
Since Judge Cowan doesn't follow the law, I am the private detective proving perjury and a total of 4 unethical attorneys. The sheriff will be told of these four men stealing millions of dollars in a scheme that was originally civil. Cowan is either a "bought off judge" as he does not read a TRUE LIER in court. He has no common sense or logic in looking at the consequences of his rulings. So now there are groups of attorneys being criminals themselves assaulting, using extortion, fraud, and perjury and committing grand larceny. And the public suffers INJUSTICE.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13002
While a congenial personality in the courtroom, he either doesn't know basic law or chooses not to follow it. He rarely misses an opportunity to make the wrong decision, no matter how hard he tries. For easy matters, he is okay...for anything complex, stay away. His lack of legal scholarship will depress you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12392
This judge should have retired many years ago. My uncle attorney lied on the stand stealing a 5 million dollar inheritance by bullying the deceased daughter a registered nurse in the state of California. Imagine the after effects of a family being robbed and a judge so damn lazy that the documents meant nothing. For this Christmas, wishing the dear judge have a criminal attorney care for him rather than a responsible registered nurse with integrity. This judge has lost discernment and now we have to go outside the civil court to the district attorney for criminal charges. Just saying that attorneys have no code of ethics like board certified angels.


Comment #: CA11681
There was nothing special about my case - sole heir, no problems. I made sure I did absolutely everything perfectly to avoid the same. Both of my hearings were about 15 seconds and none of my paperwork was ever rejected or anything.

Different judge ended up signing my order for final distribution.

Watching him handle other cases, he was very agreeable with a calm demeanor that was infectious. It was mostly continuances though, nothing exciting.

He doesn't appear to like CourtCall, but I imagine few judges would.


Comment #: CA11085
So far so good! I agree with positive comments mentioned above! Honorable David Cowan seems thorough! I thank God for fair Judges! This Judge is currently Hearing the case that I am a party to. I have been tricked out of my inheritance by siblings! What is this world coming to? God help us all! Thank you for this JUDGE!!!


Comment #: CA10229
This a judge who is thorough, intelligent, fair and cares about what he does. I feel he is not part of the Good Ole Boy system and is an honest judge with integrity.


Comment #: CA10221
Incredible. I have hope in the legal system again. After 6 years, we finally have a judge, who has read ALL the briefs, asked relevant questions, and reviewed all documents from a 6 year legal battle. Thank you, thank you. An intelligent, caring, and seemingly very fair judge, who actually cares about the litigant. Rulings can change the fate of an entire family, for generations. Judge Cowan seems to know that and care about justice being served. Amen.