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Mr. Cowhig has been Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1998. Mr. Cowhig acquired enough experience handling all levels and types of family law matters within his first four years of practice with a former Orange County Judge to qualify as a Cerified Family Law Specialist upon passing the specialization exam on his first attempt, making him one of the youngest, if not the youngest, Family Law Specialist in the state of California at the time.

Mr. Cowhig is a graduate of the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute as well as the Advance Family Law Trial Institute presented in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Cowhig is on the Board of Directors of Vocational Steps, a non-profit organization which prepares, instructs and guides adults with mild special needs in how to obtain employment while providing the support necessary to ensure their long term success.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    22 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

John S. Cowhig, Esq.

1920 Main Street
Ste 870
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer starting in 2004Southern California Super Lawyers2016
Certified Family Law Specialist since 1998Board of Legal Specialization- State Bar of California1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of John S. Cowhig2016 - Present
Lawyer - PartnerStabile and Cowhig2004 - 2016
LawyerMinyard Morris, LLP1999 - 2004
LawyerLaw Offices of Stephen C. Stewart1994 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Robert A. Banyard American Inn of CourtMember2015 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Board of DirectorsBoard Member2015 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2014 - Present
Hispanic Bar Association of Orange CountyMember2014 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Education CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyMember2012 - Present
Vocational StepsBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1994 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive CommitteePresident2008 - 2008
Orange County Bar Association Famiy Law Section Executive CommitteeCommittee Member, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President2003 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OCBA Travel SeminarFamily Law Misconceptions2015
Family Law Update2015 Family Law Review2015
Family Law update2014 Family Law Review2015
MCLE Last DashFamily Law for the Non-Family Law Lawyer-2014
Family Law Update2013 Family Law Review2014
Family Law sectionFamily Law Update: Comprehensive Review of 2012 Appellate Decisions, New Statute and Court Rules2013
Family Law sectionFamily Law Evidence in Action2011