Practice Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Civil Litigation
  • Education
  • Government
  • Labor
  • Personal Injury
  • Property


Mr. Dowd was born and raised in Hanford, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University (B.A., '68). He was an honor graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps The Basic School ('69, Honors). He graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law ('76, J.D. magna cum laude). He is a Retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He is married with two children and three grandchildren. Mr. Dowd is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, has been awarded the highest personal rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected by the San Francisco Magazine as a Super Lawyer in Northern California for the years 2007-2020. Mr. Dowd's concentrations are civil litigation, government, and agricultural cooperatives.


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
    • B.A. - 1968
  • U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School
    • Honors: Honors

Past Positions

  • United States Marine Corps, Retired Colonel

Professional Associations

  • International Society of Barristers, Invited Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Invited Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Invited Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Joaquin Valley Chapter
  • Veterans Advisory Group for the 17th Congressional District, 1997 to 2004
  • Kings County Judicial Selection Advisory Board, 1996 to 1998
  • Tulare County Judicial Selection Advisory Board, 1996 to 1998
  • California Western School of Law, Board of Trustees, 1992 to 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • State Bar of California, 1976 to Present
  • American Bar Association, 1976 to Present
  • Kings County Bar Association, 1981 to Present
  • Kings County Bar Association, President, 1987 to 1988

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy, State Bar of California, 2017

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1994 - 2020
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2020
  • Top Attorneys of North America, 2017

Year Joined Firm

  • 1981
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