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Based in Santa Monica, Jeffrey W. Cowan of The Cowan Law Firm is a Los Angeles employment lawyer and business trial lawyer.


Since 2002, Jeffrey has had an AV rating (the highest given) from, and he also has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Jeffrey has tried (and won) jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations; and recovered millions of dollars for his clients via individual lawsuits and class action lawsuits.  He also has considerable appellate experience.  His published appellate decisions are Kim V. J. F. Enterprises, 42 Cal. App. 4th 849 (1996), and Cowan v. Krayzman, 196 Cal. App. 4th 907 (2011).


Jeffrey Cowan's firm represents both businesses and individuals. Clients include businesses in Southern California and throughout the United States, as well as celebrities, entrepreneurs, professionals (including other lawyers) and just regular folks. Visit for examples.


When appropriate, Jeffrey will represent clients on a contingency fee basis.  Rates for hourly work are highly competitive for lawyers with comparable credentials and experience.


Jeffrey also is a former professional magician who “performed” his way through Cornell University (where he graduated cum laude) and the UCLA School of Law – and who still sometimes moonlights at trade shows.  During law school, Jeffrey also headlined at the Magic Castle, and he has performed at venues ranging from the Playboy Mansion to the Friars Club in Los Angeles to the Canadian and Dutch embassies in Washington DC.


Finally but not least, Jeffrey is a devoted father to his identical twin sons.


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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 35%
    24 years, 15 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    24 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    24 years, 25 cases
  4. Employment: 10%
    24 years, 100 cases
  5. Class Action: 5%
    24 years, 5 cases



Hourly ($325-500/hour), contingent (33-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    Jeffrey Cowan is an AV rated litigation and labor lawyer. He is highly skilled in his area of labor and litigation. On the labor side he represents both employees and employers. Jeffrey is knowledgeable and responsive to client needs. I have referred Jeffrey clients and worked with him to solve client problems. Uniformly, Jeffrey has done an outstanding job and the clients have been very satisfied. I highly recommend Jeffrey.


    Stephanie Granato Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nhan Thien Vu

    Jeff is an excellent attorney and committed advocate for his clients. As someone who was on the opposite side of a matter from him, I give him the highest compliment, which is to say that I have and would refer cases to him without hesitation.


    Nhan Vu Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

1541 Ocean Ave Ste 200
Santa Monica, CA, 90401-2104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super Lawyer -- Employment LawPolitics & Prose2016
Southern California Super Lawyer -- Employment LawPolitics & Prose2015
Super Lawyer -- Southern CaliforniaPolitics & Prose2014
Super Lawyer -- Southern CaliforniaPolitics & Prose2013
Super Lawyer -- Employment LawPolitics & Prose2012
Super Lawyer -- Southern CaliforniaPolitics & Prose2011
Super Lawyer -- Southern CaliforniaPolitics & Prose2010
Super Lawyer -- Southern CaliforniaPolitics & Prose2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Cowan Law Firm2004 - Present
Of CounselHennelly & Grossfeld2001 - 2003
Partner & AssociateKendig & Ross1992 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
National Chain Pays $435,000 to Sexual Harassment Victim$435,000 settlement
$476,500 Recovery for Local Company Cheated Out of Sales Commissions$476,500 settlement for Jeffrey Cowan's client
Victory Over Famed Los Angeles "Pit Bull" Law FirmConfidential six figure settlement for Jeffrey Cowan's client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Genii, The International Conjurors’ Magazine“How To Get Paid When The Client Cancels"1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Magic Live!Why A Lawyer is The Working Magician’s Most Valuable Secret Assistant2009
MCLE SeminarUsing Discovery as a Sword2008
Recent Developments in Employment Law"Protecting At-will Employment"2007
California Self-Storage Association Annual MeetingMinimizing Litigation Risks for Self-Storage Facility Operators2005