Hon. David J Cowan See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.8 - 9 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   6.0 - 7 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25974
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Cowan appears to have seen better days. Doesn’t follow the law the way it is written. Easy buy out for someone waving money over his head. I thought the man was asleep during half of the case as he seemed hard to see what was happening in the courtroom and didn’t take proper corrections. Here there was a witness sitting in on the entire case and then he absolutely had it erased from the transcript. That does border a bit on the unethical side. Sadly the man appeared clueless about the laws and “did his own thing”. I hope he is removed from the bench within the near future.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: CA25606
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Guess this judge snoozed with the attorney population too long. When there is crime in a civil case it points to a judge being biased and not respecting the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA23163
Rating:2.0
Comments:
So easy to fool this judge with lies and heresay. Easy to pull him over with theatrical paid off witnesses and no disclosures. He never looks at the documents or asks about validity of the situation. My client was able to obtain millions and not be even listed. If you are an attorney, this man takes bribes. He will even scratch from the record anything you want. Just throw him a few Benjamin bills.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA22451
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Thanks for looking at the dead cat on the table so I could gain more money to hide in my real estate company and never get sued. By bullying my godchild, lying to my brother, and taking advantage of the situation, I am a wealthy man. I have no feelings for anyone I hurt. I am a narcissist. And as an attorney I won the prize in lying.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA21598
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is a place waiting for bought off judges called Hell and Damnation. May your death be unfelt by others, your soul list for eternity, and may one of your attorney buddies steal everything you have ever owned. For you are not a good judge, you are sold out to an evil force

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA20097
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Doesn't read the documents and appears to be bought off. Can not concern truth from manipulative BS.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA18834
Rating:3.0
Comments:
He picks sides based on appearance and not based on evidence. Check out his Facebook page and I HATE his british accent.

Litigant

Comment #: CA17517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Engaged in Willful Suppression.

Litigant

Comment #: CA17026
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Cowan does not read my filings but reads the defendants filings and believes their lies. He admitted that he has not read any of my filings or the previous orders by the court or the court in Arizona. This is very damaging to me. He has denied me due process to discovery on my case against my trustees who are wasting my estate assets.I have been denied discovery by this court for over 4 1/2 years. Now Cowan is trying to protect his buddies by threatening to appoint a GAL over me, a very competent and capable 48 year old man. I have been found time and time again to be competent and able to handle my own affairs both financial and personal. My trustees are getting by with crimes against me because Cowan is friends with their attorneys. He is violating the laws, has no regard for the laws and is making his own laws up from the bench. This probate court is a disaster and needs to be investigated by the Feds or someone who gives a care about justice.

Other

Comment #: CA14237
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:2.3
Comments:
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
Rating:3.8
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA11681
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11085
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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!!!

Other

Comment #: CA10229
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10221
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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.