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Donald Guy Sowers

Donald Guy Sowers

also known as Don Sowers

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About Me

Donald G. Sowers 

Rated 10.0” and a “Top Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Lawyer in California” Don is a Criminal Defense – DUI – DMV Attorney who has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. He is a former police detective and former deputy district attorney. For nearly twenty-five years, Don has been a criminal defense attorney who is also a current Instructor at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy where for over twenty seven years he has taught thousands of deputy sheriffs and police officers Constitutional Laws of Arrest – Search & Seizure and Evidence.  The recipient of numerous awards, he was named the Southwestern University School of Law “Alumnus of the Year 2000.”  He is the past Chairman of the Executive Committee of Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. And he is the past Chairman of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles and Vice-President of Make-A-Wish Foundation International.  He has served as president or chairman on many non-profit boards. And he is also the past Chairman and a current Disaster Preparedness Instructor for the City of San Juan Capistrano CERT – Community Emergency Response Team. Don currently is a lawyer in private practice handling Criminal Law matters primarily in Orange County located in Southern California.


Admitted to State Bar: 1986, California; Practice in State Courts of California
Previous Positions: Police Detective, Santa Monica Police Department, 1977-1986; Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney 1986 - 1989; Instructor of Criminal Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure and Evidence at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy, 1988 to present; Southwestern University School of Law Alumnus of the Year 2000; Former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
Awards: Southwestern University School of Law - "Alumnus of the Year 2000." Police Detective of the Year Award, Santa Monica, 1985
Memberships: Southwestern University School of Law Board of Trustees 1995 - 1999; Former Alumni and Student Bar Association President; Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations, Phi Alpha Delta, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenser's Association, Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, State Bar of California
Practice Areas: Criminal Law; DUI DWI; DMV; Drug Crimes; All Misdemeanors & Felonies and Juvenile Law



Practice Areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

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    I have known Don Sowers for almost 20 years. He is truly an outstanding professional in his field. I would highly recommend him to anyone. In fact, I personally recommended him to a family member who received outstanding representation. With Don by your side, you know that you have the best there is.


    Richard Stilz
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Don Sowers is a fabulous lawyer. However, I would be derelict in my duties if I did not go on to say more. Don, is a great counselor, friend and mentor. It is my personal and professional opinion that if you're represented by Don Sowers, whoever is on the other side of your case is underrepresented - you're in great hands with Don.


    Gordon Turner
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

7545 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 200
Serving All Orange County Courts & Lamoreaux Juvenile Court
Irvine, CA, 92618-2933

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

895 Dove Street, 3rd Floor
Serving Newport Beach Harbor Court & Costa Mesa
Newport Beach, CA, 92660-2941

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

7755 Center Avenue, Suite 1100
Serving Huntington Beach & Westminster Court
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

2400 East Katella, Suite 800
Serving Anaheim - Santa Ana & Fullerton Courts
Anaheim, CA, 92806

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

135 So. State College Blvd, Suite 200
Serving Brea - Fullerton - North Court
Brea, CA, 92821

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Serving North County San Diego & Vista Courts
Carlsbad, CA, 92011-1028

The Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers

3281 E Guasti Rd #700
Serving Ontario & Rancho Cucamonga Court
Ontario, CA, 91761




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
"Top Lawyers in California"The Legal Network2014
"Top 100 Criminal Defesne Lawyers in the State of California"The American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Lead Counsel Rating Drunk Driving Defense & Criminal LawLead Counsel Review Board2014
2014 Top AttorneyOC Register Metro Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
"10 Best" Attorneys for the State of CaliforniaAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 DUI Attorneys in CaliforniaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC2013
Top Lawyers in California - Highest Standards & ExcellenceAmerican Lawyer Magazine2013
2013 Edition of Global Who’s WhoGlobal Who's Who, Inc2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Annual Orange County Top Rated AttorneysOCMETRO Magazine "Top Attorneys"2012
City Council ProclamationCity of San Juan Capistrano2011
The President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident's Council on Service and Civic Participation2010
Congratulatory Letter from President Barak ObamaThe White House2010
Alumnus of the YearSouthwestern University School of Law2000
Outstanding Police Detective of the YearRotary Club of Santa Monica1986
Silver Key AwardAmerican Bar Association1986
Who's Who American LawWho's Who Legal USA1985
Who's Who in America's UniversitiesWho's Who Legal1984
Student Bar Association President of the YearNational Student Bar Association1984
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney-at-LawThe Law Offices of Donald G. Sowers2012 - Present
Former PartnerTakakjian, Sowers & Sitkoff, LLP1989 - 2011
Volunteer Instructor (Laws of Arrest - Search & Seizure)Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy1987 - 2013
Former Los Angeles County Deputy District AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorney's Office1986 - 1989
Former Police DetectiveSanta Monica Police Department1977 - 1986
Sergeant - ReserveBurbank Police Department1974 - 1977
Grocery ManagerRalphs1970 - 1977
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
City of San Juan Capistrano - CERTChairman2007 - 2011
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2008
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionChairman1997 - 1998
Southwestern University School of Law - Board of TrusteesTrustee1995 - 1999
Southwestern University School of LawPresident - Alumni Association1993 - 1995
Make-A-Wish Foundation InternationalVice President1992 - 1994
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Santa Monica JayceesChairman1989 - 1990
Former District Attorney's Association of Los Angeles CountyMember1989 - Present
Santa Monica Bar AssociationMember1989 - 1996
Malibu Bar AssociationMember1989 - 1996
Santa Monica Junior Chamber of CommercePresident1988 - 1989
Make-A-Wish Foundation of AmericaDirector1988 - 1993
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1986 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionExecutive Lt. Governor1984 - 1985
Southwestern University School of LawPresident - Student Bar Association1983 - 1984
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los AngelesChairman1983 - 1996
Ameircan Bar AssociationN/A1982 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Recruit Training AcademyLD-15 "Laws of Arrest" - Instructor2014
California State PTA ConventionDisaster Preparedness - What You Do Before, During and After?2014
I.D.A.P. - Impaired Driver Apprehension ProgramOfficer Testimony at DMV Hearings and Court Proceedings2013
College of the Canyons - North Academy - Santa ClaritaLaws of Arrest - LD-152012
IDAP - Impaired Driver Apprehension ProgramCourtroom Testimony - Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer in a DUI Case2011
LD-15 Laws of ArrestConstitutional Law2010
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy ClassLaws of Arrest2009
Southwestern University School of LawKeynote Speaker - Entering Class Orientation1998