Lawsuits are not won by luck. In fact, more often than anyone would like to admit, many times people with valid claims lose. Careful planning and preparation both before and during trial makes a huge difference. John plans far ahead, anticipates and preempts the defense, in his cases. This has made a tremendous difference in the results. This ability is not surprising as John is an internationally-rated chess player.
John has been practicing law for almost thirty years and has seven and eight figure verdicts. He has focused much of his time and effort on products liability cases, representing clients who have been catastrophically injured or whose loved ones have been killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, train accidents, airplane accidents and defective products.
John Rowell has been a pioneer in the field of consumer safety. He has represented clients in cases involving a wide array of products where the product design was unsafe such as airplanes, automobiles and tires.
John started his career working on Grinshaw v. Ford Motor Co., the famous Pinto exploding gas tank case, and in the Paris Air Crash case, where a defective cargo door cost the lives of all on board. He has handled all types of product liability cases, including actions where injury was caused by defective design or manufacture of cars, tires, air bags, aircraft, medical devices, drugs, industrial machinery, and other consumer products such as coffee makers.
As a California plaintiff attorney, John has handled hundreds of cases for victims of motor vehicle accidents and unsafe products. He has taken on many corporate giants, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Freightliner, Honda, Isuzu, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota, Goodyear, Goodrich, Firestone, Bridgestone, Hyundai, Caterpillar, Greyhound and others.
John is an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has received awards and certificates of appreciation from several organizations including the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA).
He is currently serving on the California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone Tire cases. He is a member of Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), a national litigation group specializing in automotive and other product defect cases.
John received both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Southern California. His interests outside the practice of law include chess, basketball and horses.
Licensed since 1977
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Superb Rating 10/10||AVVO||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Superb Rating 10/10||AVVO||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|So. California SuperLawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Appellate Lawyer of the Year nomination||Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||2008|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Los Angeles Superior Court||2008|
|Associate Award||American Board of Trial Advocates||2008|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions||The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||2006|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions||The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||2005|
|Partner||Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett||2000 - 2012|
|Attorney||Law Offices of John D.Rowell||1997 - 1999|
|Partner||Rowell & Tessier||1992 - 1997|
|Attorney||Law Firm Paul & Stuart||1989 - 1992|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)||Member||N/A|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||N/A|
|California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone Tire||N/A||N/A|
|Grimshaw v Ford||Victim Got $127.8 Million|
|Paris Air Crash||The US courts granted the largest settlement from|
|Warren v. Schecter (1997) 57 Cal.App.4th 1189||Gross verdict of $14,961,821|
|The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys Association||Safety or Profit: Ford’s Rollover Protection System||2010|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||The Road Less traveled: Often Ignored Sources of Information About The Accidents And Your Client's Injuries||2008|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||The Sordid History of Auto Safety Glass||2006|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||How to Determine If Seatbelts Were in Use.||2004|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||Choice of Law in Punitive Damage Cases||N/A|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||Ford Explorer: History Repeats Itself||N/A|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||The Owner’s Manual, Warranty and Advertising Can and Should Be Used to Support Consumer Expectations Claims||N/A|
|The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California||What of Mine is Yours?||N/A|
|The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys Association||What to Do When Served with an Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss||N/A|
|Univ of Southern Calif||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|USC Law School||N/A||law||N/A|
|2009 Las Vegas Convention||Auto Cases: A to Z||2009|
|26th Annual Las Vegas Convention||Auto Collision Cases||2008|
|24th Annual Las Vegas Convention||Pre-Trial Procedure||2006|
|2006 Las Vegas Convention||Safety or Profit: Ford’s Rollover Protection System||2006|
|23rd Annual Las Vegas Convention||The Industrial & Mechanical Equipment Case||2005|
|23rd Annual Las Vegas Convention||Product Liability||2005|