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Timothy Michael Kowal

Appeals Attorney at Costa Mesa, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Tim Kowal, Timothy Kowal

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Appeals are won in the trial court, which is why I split my practice evenly between the trial and appellate courts. This sets me apart from other appellate attorneys, who work on appeals either exclusively, or only occasionally.

    17 years

  2. Business
    I have successfully represented business owners, lenders, borrowers, and developers in the trial and appellate courts involving over $60 million.

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    My trial and litigation practice focuses on complex business and property disputes, including the top verdicts in California for fraud and trespass in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

I have been practicing law since 2007, with trial and appellate victories totaling over $60 million. I was proud to be part of the trial and appellate teams that achieved one of California’s 50 largest judgments in 2018, and one of the 20 largest in 2019.

I took my law degree with honors from Chapman Law School, now the Fowler School of Law, in 2007, where I had the privilege of serving as editor-in-chief of the Chapman Law Review. I had the honor to extern for the late Presiding Justice David Sills of the Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, and to teach civil procedure to law students as an adjunct professor of law at the Fowler School of Law. My legal analysis on issues including trial and appellate practice has been published in several law reviews and legal journals.

My wife, Andi, and I have two young children and are active in our community. We started the group Non-Toxic Huntington Beach in 2017, and we are involved in the city's Fourth of July Parade Committee. I have served on the board of the Orange County Federalist Society since 2008, and I previously served two terms on the Orange County Human Relations Commission on appointment by the Board of Supervisors.

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Thomas Vogele & Associates, APC
129 West Wilson Street, Suite 200
Costa Mesa, CA, 29627

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Posted by Robert | January 28, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tim Kowal - 5 stars!
Tim helps trial attorneys win appeals and even works with lawyers during trial, so they don’t create appealable issues for the other side. He is THE California expert in appellate law. I’ve worked with Tim on several cases, and he knows the law, the judges, the justices, knows what needs to be in the brief, and takes a load of work off the trial attorney’s plate. If you, or any attorney you know, could benefit Tim’s assistance, I highly recommend you call him. -Bob Hartmann
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Posted by Gene | January 26, 2024
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Top Attorney
I think of Tim as the attorney's attorney. He steps in when other attorney's need help with their cases. He has expertise in appeals and disputes. A great resource!
Posted by Niki | September 28, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, kind and thorough
Attorney Kowal generously spent almost an hour of his time to discuss some questions I have regarding my specific complex case. He was well informed on procedural requirements as well as applicable case law. The time spent talking with Attorney Kowal provided me valuable and usable information. Attorney Kowal was kind, thorough and extremely knowledgable.
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Posted by Rachel | October 15, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Attorney Timothy Kowal is simply awesome. He was the ONLY appellate attorney I felt comfortable with after speaking to several others. Not only is he smart, he is honest and caring which is rare to find.
Posted by Mary | November 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tim Kowal understood just how to approach the Trust's collection issue!
During the initial in-person consultation, Tim listened carefully to the complicated contract details and outlined additional information he would need to approach the other party to demand performance on the contract. He outlined a step-by-step approach which he confirmed in the engagement letter for his services. Further matters, confirming facts, research, etc., were conducted entirely by email for the convenience of the client. The result was that the other party immediately chose to perform and further litigation was avoided! That's a great attorney! So we trusted him with a small matter and believe we will again call on him and his firm, Thomas Vogele & Associate for more excellent service!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2017
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Attorney Who Cares
I hired Tim Kowal from Thomas Vogele and Associates for a landlord/tenant issue. He was very honest, helpful and actually cared about my case. I was a bit reluctant to hire him at first since most attorneys I have dealt with do not seem to really care about your case unless there is a huge profit for them. Tim was very diligent, professional and followed through on what he said he would do. If you want a lawyer with integrity you should hire, Tim Kowal.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer with compassion not mechanical
My wife and I decided to move all of our lawsuits to Tim Kowal at Thomas Vogele and associate. He is honest and not mechanical like others. He is patient and meticulous in business and corporate law.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Thomas Vogele & Associates, APC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Enterprise Counsel Group
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Trutanich Michel
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Co-Founder and Service Manager
  • CloudStep (formerly Innovative Technologies & Engineering)
  • 1997 - 2006
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  • Chapman University, School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • UC Irvine
  • BA
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • C&C Properties, Inc., et al. v. Shell Pipeline Company, et al.
  • $40 million jury verdict
  • Yang v. Sui
  • $10 million jury verdict
  • Shapiro v. Dohr
  • Reversed $5.1 million judgment
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  • Orange County Federalist Society
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • UCI Alumni Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Ferguson Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Orange County Human Relations
  • Commissioner
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Huntington Beach Tomorrow
  • Director, Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Chapman Law Review
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • #1 Trespass Jury Award (CA, 2019)
  • 2020
  • Top 20 Jury Award of California in 2019
  • 2020
  • #1 Breach of Fiduciary Duty Jury Award (CA, 2018)
  • 2019
  • #1 Conversion Jury Award (CA, 2018)
  • 2019
  • #1 Fraudulent Transfer Jury Award (CA, 2018)
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Breach of Contract Jury Award (CA, 2018)
  • 2019
  • Excellence for the Future Award: Constitutional Jurisprudence
  • CALI
  • 2007
  • Excellence for the Future Award for Administrative Law
  • CALI
  • 2007
  • Environmental, Land Use & Real Estate Law (ENLURE) certificate
  • Chapman University, School of Law
  • 2007
  • 1st Prize, Seventh Annual Judicial Awareness Writing Competition
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • 2006
  • Excellence for the Future Award for Natural Resources
  • CALI
  • 2006
  • Hagman Conference Scholar
  • UCLA Extension's 20th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference
  • 2006
  • Excellence for the Future Award for Contracts I
  • CALI
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions
  • Don't Be an Activist, Be a Neighbor: How to Persuade Your City Council
  • 2018
  • 2007 Chapman Law Review Symposium: Miranda at 40: Applications in a Post-Enron, Post-9/11 World
  • Opening Remarks
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Timothy
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Kowal are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to meet the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Friend
"Tim Kowal is an outstanding lawyer who understands the law on a deep level and applies that knowledge to achieve optimal outcomes for his clients. He is a hardworking and focused problem solver who brings to his work both an ethical eye and a commitment to helping others."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tim is an outstanding litigator and tireless advocate for his clients. I endorse Tim without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Other
"I worked with Tim for several years. He is one of the brightest and most upstanding attorneys with whom I have worked."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is one of the brightest people I know. He is a clear thinker, a skilled lawyer, and tireless worker."
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