Hon. David Cowan

Los Angeles Superior Court


Hon. David J. Cowan is Supervising Judge of the Civil Division of the LASC. In that capacity, he is responsible for assignment of trials around the County, among other duties pertaining to managing Civil, including the PI Hub, I/C and UD courts, as well as Complex. Before then, Judge Cowan was an Assistant Supervising Judge of Civil and sat in an I/C courtroom at the Mosk Courthouse. Judge Cowan was formerly Supervising Judge of the Probate and Mental Health Depts. While in Probate, he focused on long or complex trials and settlement conferences. Based on that experience, Judge Cowan developed expertise in elder abuse issues, as well as concerning medical aspects of cognitive impairment. Judge Cowan is a member of the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of California, as well as Vice-Chair of the Probate Law Committee of the Calif. Judges Ass’n. He is also a member of numerous LASC committees, including Chair of the Special Civil Jury Trials Committee. Judge Cowan was appointed a Judge by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. Previously, Judge Cowan served as a Court Commissioner. For much of that time, Judge Cowan handled a Family Law calendar at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Prior to going on the bench, Judge Cowan practiced business and real estate litigation for seventeen years. He started at Rogers & Wells, now known as Clifford Chance. Later, he had his own office. Judge Cowan is a graduate of Univ. of Calif., Hastings College of the Law and Columbia University. Judge Cowan has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School and is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal subjects.


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