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Lonnie L Mcdowell

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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Before founding McDowell & Associates, Attorneys, Mr. McDowell was an associate at one of Southern California’s largest Defense Firms. While there, he was responsible for handling various matters that ran the gamut from small routine matters to large disputes involving complex legal issues and significant amounts of money. During this time, Mr. McDowell worked with and represented numerous top medical, scientific, criminal and mechanical experts in preparation for trial.

Mr. McDowell graduated from Southwestern Law School in Southern California with top honors. He was a member of the Dean’s List and was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. Mr. McDowell was the Lead Articles Editor as well as a board member of the Southwestern Law Review in addition to being a teaching assistant and tutor for various Criminal Law classes.

While still in law school, Mr. McDowell served as a certified law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office, for the District of Nevada, working on the Organized Crime Strike Force. While with the USDOJ, Mr. McDowell handled daily criminal appearances on behalf of the U.S. Government as well as prosecuting DUI’s at trail for which he was recognized as a skilled litigator. Mr. McDowell was also selected to intern in the United States District Court, Southern District of California for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson.

After taking the California bar, but still waiting for the results, Mr. McDowell won one of nine ABOTA Fellowships. The Fellowship is designed to give new attorney’s experience in various aspects of the legal profession. Mr. McDowell spent time working in the offices of a Plaintiff and Defense Attorney as well as in the chambers of a Family Law Judge.

Mr. McDowell is a member of The American Bar Association, The Los Angeles County Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, The Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

As the founder of McDowell & Associates, Attorneys, Mr. McDowell is dedicated to helping people resolve any legal problem they may be facing. He is committed to offering every client personalized representation, while preserving their dignity. Mr. McDowell offers a general legal practice well equipped to squarely and promptly address any legal issues or concerns you may be facing.

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McDowell & Associates, Attorneys
1055 West 7th Street
33rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

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Posted by Elsa Alcala | November 20, 2019
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Life Saver!
I was blessed to be able to hire Lonnie to represent my husband. My husband was being charged with 6 felonies! & Looking at several years in prison! Lonnie’s Guinness work, great knowledge and awesome work ethic got my husband 6 months in the county jail and all the charges dropped down to misdemeanors. Lonnie works hard for his clients and isn’t afraid to go up to bat for them! He’s an amazing attorney and a great person to have on your side!
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Posted by Dustin | May 1, 2019
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The best lawyers around
I had my first DUI case, didn’t know what to do or who to call. When Shakti and Lonnie gave me a call I knew they were the ones for the job. Being as young as I am none of the law talk made sense to me and many other lawyers that came in contact were too fast and didn’t make it seem like they even had time for me. Lonnie and shakti were there to answer my questions whenever I needed them and got back to me ASAP in a timely manor. Lonnie was able to reduce my penelties tremendously, dropping the DUI from my record and turning it into an infraction leaving me with no probationary period. I could not thank him and his team enough for all the help they gave me and my family
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Posted by Mike | November 15, 2018
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Man i thought i was going to jail forsure dude when i called these n+$$×s i was so happy and pleased knowing my situation they got me out of everything i was facing please lonnie is the best !!!!!
Posted by Christian | October 2, 2018
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Good girl in a bad situation
I received a notice in the mail. A notice I wasn't expecting. I was told I would probably need a lawyer. I did research and his firm was highly recommended. They were also very inexpensive in comparison to most lawyers. Lonnie cared about my case and doing what's best for me. My case was very small in comparison to his other cases, but he treated me like I was his only client. I appreciated the time he took with me. It seems like he genuinely wanted what was best for me. My hearing went amazing and I would recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Vivek | June 15, 2018
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Highly Recommended!
Lonnie is a genius. His ability to think quickly and remembering the details are amazing. He has the talent to unearth the truth in the most stressful environments. His cross examinations skills are the best. He saved me from a Domestic violence case and the verdict was not guilty 12-0. Lonnies speech and personality demands the attention of everyone around him, Judge, Da, Jury and even the public's eyes and ears are wide open when Lonnie speaks. Once the case was over Lonnie had asked the jurors if there was anything he could do to improve; The answer was " No you were perfect." He is the best defense lawyer you can find.
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Posted by Darwin Arreola | April 13, 2018
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DV Case
This guy will literally fight for you. Hiring him for a unjustified DV case with my girlfriend was the best decision. Watching him argue and defend our case with Downey's DA was more than pleasing. Lonnie went to bat and got us a good deal overall. Highly recommend Lonnie Mcdowell for any legal defense.
Posted by Anuujin | December 27, 2017
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The best!
Attorney McDowell without a doubt exceeded my expectations and helped me achieve the best possible outcome given my situation. His knowledge and understanding was so appreciated and definitely unmatched—honestly the best legal counsel I’ve had in my personal experience. Thank you so much!
Posted by Ann | June 24, 2017
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Highly recommended - knows how to get it done!
I was helping a friend with a legal matter, and I hired Lonnie McDowell to help. Lonnie is knowledgeable, a quick study, easy to work with, and he knows the system. He was able to cut through the red tape and handle my friend's issue quickly and efficiently. Results were much better than I initially hoped - great in fact. Cost was reasonable, and worth every dollar. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense guy who knows how to get things done! Because it was not my case, I can't post the details, but I can say for sure that Lonnie responded quickly and resolved the matter skillfully. I'm grateful!
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Posted by Eric | October 24, 2016
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One of the best choices I made
The police charged me with five felonies. The public defenders offer was terrible so I started to interview criminal defense attorney's in my local area. I must have met with at least twenty of them. I wanted a fighter and ended up choosing Lonnie. The first time I had him represent me, I asked him to try to change a "no contact" restraining order so my marriage was not destroyed by the state. I saw him fight for me before the judge. I believed then that he was the right choice. Never would I have imagined that it would be such a long drawn out fight. One and a half years of court appearances till the final outcome. I have no charges and no criminal record. I live in the Coachella Valley and hesitated to retain an attorney who lived so far away. Every court date I wondered if he would make that long drive. He is utterly dependable. My life is saved and most important my marriage is saved. How could I be more thankful. I will never forget how important it is to choose the right guy. To say I would recommend him would be an understatement. Retaining Lonnie is one of the best decisions I have made. Now its over. I couldn't be happier.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
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The lawyer that gets you off!
I had a very odd arrest where I was accused of masturbating in public. Lonnie took the case he was gentle and as time went on he became more aggressive and was able to get me off. In the end the charges were dropped and I was relieved. He really worked the case with style and finesse like a well oiled litigator.
Posted by Ora | August 5, 2015
Brilliant Attorney
My husband was accused of a crime he did not commit. Due to the nature of the crime, the case was complicated. I obtained an attorney who was not sensitive to the situation and refused to take suggestions from my husband or myself regarding the issues at hand. He ultimately withdrew from the case right in the middle of the pretrial. I prayed and was directed to Mr. McDowell, who not only listenedto the entire situation but offered some assurance that he would never leave us in the middle of the case and would fight to the finish. The entire process took 14 months and Mr. McDowell endured until the end. Case was ultimately Dismissed. I would recommend Mr. McDowell to anyone who needed an attorney who is not just looking at the facts but trying to get to the truth of the matter to service his client. His entire staff was kind and sensitive and made you feel like a person, not a criminal. I actually enjoyed the fact that Mr. McDowell was both professional and personable. It is Good to know that all lawyers are not just in the profession for only money. He cares.
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Posted by Andy | April 29, 2015
From Facing Life Imprisonment to 6 Years Imprisonment.
There comes a time in your life, where many of us will make a mistake. Well, my partner was the kind of knuckle head that made a terrible, horrible mistake, where he was facing 25 years to life imprisonment. Our life changed immediately. It was not until a friend recommended Mr. McDowell as our legal representative, I immediately saw a light at the end of the tunnel, hoping that he could save my partner’s life. His review and concern over my partner’s case was truly sincere and caring. He was not overly zealous with his retaining fee and the price for his legal representation was quite reasonable. I never felt as though he only cared about his financial gain. He dedicated himself to do his very best with our difficult case. When he reassured me that everything would be ok, I felt a lot at ease. He represented our case professionally and appeared as many times as required without additional cost. Mr. McDowell answered all my questions with a wealth of information, and kept me informed before, during and after the court in timely manner. He worked really hard on resolving my partner’s case with a great outcome. He was miraculously able to reduce my partner’s life sentence to 6 years sentence, which is way below the mandatory minimum sentence! To be honest, after the sentencing, I hired another attorney to review the entire case of my partner. He said that from the facts gathered that were particularly egregious, my partner was exposed to significant state prison time and possibly extended prison time. His statement: “From my 33 years legal experience, Mr. McDowell did a truly miraculous job and your partner should consider himself lucky - I mean that.” Who does that? There are not many attorneys out there like him. They usually give up and only move forward if there is more money coming in their hands. I will honestly and truly recommend his professional and sincere service to all who want an attorney that really cares about your case as much as you do.
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Posted by Connell | November 25, 2014
Prompt, effective and dedicated
I'm writing to thank you for the wonderful job you did handling my case from the beginning until my sentencing. I really appreciated your promptness, effectiveness, dedication, and ability to pay attention to detail. Thank you so much for your help and assistance.
Posted by Michael | September 16, 2014
Awesome!! The Best!! If you need a criminal lawyer, you can't go wrong with him!!
He was Awesome!! The public defender seemed not to care about my case. She just wanted me to settle. This was even before the preliminary. I thought I'd better look for another attorney. I called several attorneys, but they were all too expensive. I finally called, Mr. McDowell, and while not cheep his price was much more reasonable than the other 3 or 4 attorneys I received price quotes from. He even had some alternative financing options, including making payments over a few months. I decided to hire Mr. McDowell and I'm so glad I did. First, in regard to the plea the public defender wanted me to take, he said, why do you want to plead when you haven't even seen the evidence the D.A. plans to use later. That was what I was thinking, so I knew I found my attorney. Mr. McDowell was kind, compassionate, and best of all knowledgeable. He had his investigator look over the police report and found several errors. While not enough to get it dismissed without going to court, it did make a big difference in my case. Yes, I had a two word verdict on all counts "NOT GUILTY" I'm so glad I decided to fight instead of settle and have a conviction on my record. I highly recommend anyone in need of criminal legal defense, to hire Mr. McDowell. He, and his whole staff, were just great. I owe so much to them. If your looking for an attorney in Southern California, give him a call
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Posted by Lisa | September 8, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
Mr. Mcdowell is very compassionate and takes the time to really look at the issues involved. He is an excellent negotiator and obtained the exact outcome I was hoping for. He would be my first call if I ever needed an attorney again.
Posted by LAURYN JONES | December 16, 2013
He was professional and he communicated very well his assistant was very nice as well overall he was a great lawyer and worked with me on my case!!!
Posted by Michael | July 15, 2013
Experienced, Knowledgeable, & Assertive
I have worked with Lonnie on numerous occasions in the past, and he has exceeded my expectations each time. From the simplest criminal matter to the most daunting case, Lonnie will treat whatever he faces with the utmost professionalism and zeal. He is results-oriented, incredibly knowledgeable about the intricacies of the law, and unwaveringly honest. I highly recommend Lonnie.
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Posted by Steven | June 16, 2013
Saved my Life
I was facing serious charges which could have resulted in a very lengthy prison sentence. I interviewed a couple of attorneys, not feeling good about any of them. A friend happened to tell me about Mr. McDowell, who represented him a few years before. I called and spoke with Mr. McDowell. He really listened to me. By the end of our consultation, I decided to hire Mr. McDowell, and I'm really glad I did. As I said I was facing up to 13 years in prison. Mr. McDowell was able to get me into a diversion program instead of prison, which I've been in for the past 3 years. I have almost successfully completed the program. I'm free from drugs and alcohol. I've got my life back. I didn't go to prison, and I will have a clear record. Mr. McDowell saved my life.
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Posted by A. | June 7, 2013
Everything You Want a Lawyer to Be
Lonnie fights for his clients the way attorneys SHOULD fight for their clients. He goes after the other side relentlessly and won't let them get away with any crap. I've worked with a number of L.A. lawyers over the years -- many of whom should be disbarred. Lonnie was a refreshing tonic in a sea of sludge, and will go the extra mile for his clients. Can't recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Timothy | March 5, 2012
Expert Representation
Lonnie answered all my question and handled my matter in a timely professional way. I will use Him on any future legal matters I
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • McDowell Forster Attorneys
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney / Partner
  • The McDowell Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Carroll, Kelly, Trotter, Franzen & McKenna
  • 2008 - 2010


  • Southwestern Univ Sol
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Phoenix
  • BA
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Castro
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Rodriguez
  • Client plead to wet reckless instead of second time DUI with enhancements
  • People v. Quintero
  • Diverted to Veterans' Court with charges dismissed after successful completion of diversion program.


  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Thai

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Southern California
  • National Trail Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • 100 Top Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Southern California
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • CALI - Top Honors in Civil Procedure
  • Western Law School
  • 2005


  • LA DUI Defense Journal
  • Senate Bill 289's Zero Tolerance Won't Keep Californians Safe From Impaired Drivers
  • 2013
  • James Publishing publication
  • Correlating Alcohol Use with Traffic Accidents
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Personal Managers Interchange
  • Putting Out Fires: 4th Amendment Issues
  • 2015
  • Radio Interview
  • You Have the Right to Remain Silent - Use It!!
  • 2014
  • Legal Discussions on DUI's
  • DUI - What You Need to Know if You Get Stopped
  • 2014
  • West Los Angeles Professional Network
  • DUI - What To Do If You Get Stopped
  • 2013
  • West Los Angeles Professional Network
  • DUI Myths and Legends
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mcdowell's passion and dedication to his craft is of the highest level. He is not an attorney to just "get by" or do the "bare minimum." Lonnie Mcdowell will dedicate all of his energy and time to ensure that your matter is taken care of with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. I endorse Mr. Mcdowell with the utmost confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lonnie. Excellent contributions and endorsements. Reviews by clients are stellar. If your in or near Orange County give him a call for a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is skilled and well-respected in the community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Routinely offers excellent advice to Avvo users. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. McDowell at the US Attorney's Office in Las Vegas. I found him professional, competent, and a pleasure to work with. He is detailed-oriented and commands a firm understanding of criminal law and procedure. If I had a criminal matter in southern California, I would not hesitate to call Mr. McDowell. I am confident he would pursue every avenue to build a successful defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lonnie is a great guy to work with. He truly cares about his clients, and will take care of your referrals. I encourage anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney to give him a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lonnie McDowell. I have known him since law school. There's only one lawyer that I would trust with a criminal defense, where the stakes are so high. Anyone who hires Lonnie can expect the best result from his or her case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lonnie for many years and can honestly say that he is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. His dedication to his clients is admirable. Put your trust in him, you will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Lonnie McDowell approaches each and every case with an intensity and passion I've not seen in many other criminal defense attorneys. He truly fights to the death for each individual client and sees them as a person, not just a case. He is worth every penny!""
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lonnie for several years. He works with a relentless passion for what he does. I endorse his services fully and his clients should consider themselves fortunate to have him by their side."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lonnie for about five years. I have always known him to be well prepared and knowledgeable on whatever matter was presented or argued. I feel that Lonnie will greatly benefit any clients legal needs and will do so conscientiously and graciously."
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Los Angeles Criminal defense Lawyer Lonnie L Mcdowell
Lonnie L Mcdowell
Criminal defense Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 15 years
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