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John David Rowell

John David Rowell

Practice areas:

Defective and Dangerous Products, Personal Injury

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About Me

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.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%

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Contact Info

10100 Santa Monica Bl #2460
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197705/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Superb Rating 10/10AVVO2011
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Superb Rating 10/10AVVO2010
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
So. California SuperLawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Appellate Lawyer of the Year nominationConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2008
Certificate of AppreciationLos Angeles Superior Court2008
Associate AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding ContributionsThe Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California2006
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding ContributionsThe Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns2012 - Present
PartnerCheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett2000 - 2012
AttorneyLaw Offices of John D.Rowell1997 - 1999
PartnerRowell & Tessier1992 - 1997
AttorneyLaw Firm Paul & Stuart1989 - 1992

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)MemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone TireN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Grimshaw v FordVictim Got $127.8 Million
Paris Air CrashThe US courts granted the largest settlement from
Warren v. Schecter (1997) 57 Cal.App.4th 1189Gross verdict of $14,961,821

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationSafety or Profit: Ford’s Rollover Protection System2010
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaThe Road Less traveled: Often Ignored Sources of Information About The Accidents And Your Client's Injuries2008
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaThe Sordid History of Auto Safety Glass2006
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaHow to Determine If Seatbelts Were in Use.2004
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaChoice of Law in Punitive Damage CasesN/A
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaFord Explorer: History Repeats ItselfN/A
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaThe Owner’s Manual, Warranty and Advertising Can and Should Be Used to Support Consumer Expectations ClaimsN/A
The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern CaliforniaWhat of Mine is Yours?N/A
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationWhat to Do When Served with an Anti-SLAPP Motion to DismissN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of Southern CalifN/AundergraduateN/A
USC Law SchoolN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2009 Las Vegas ConventionAuto Cases: A to Z2009
26th Annual Las Vegas ConventionAuto Collision Cases2008
24th Annual Las Vegas ConventionPre-Trial Procedure2006
2006 Las Vegas ConventionSafety or Profit: Ford’s Rollover Protection System2006
23rd Annual Las Vegas ConventionThe Industrial & Mechanical Equipment Case2005
23rd Annual Las Vegas ConventionProduct Liability2005