David T. Stowell


Recognized “Top Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” with 35 years of thorough knowledge of, and direct experience with complex and varied domestic and international commercial, corporate and business transactions and issues across a broad array of private, public, nonprofit and academic entities; Extensive business litigation in the trial and appellate courts as the primary attorney; Advising corporate management at the officer and board level.



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David T. Stowell offers a unique combination of business expertise and trial experience to advise clients on all aspects of their business operations and to defend their rights in litigation. His focus is to provide innovative counseling and creative business-focused legal solutions to assist each client in growing and protecting their personal assets and businesses.


In Mr. Stowell’s business practice, he counsels a wide range of clients from individuals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to public companies and religious, charitable and educational institutions on the daily operational issues and problems involved in today’s complex business environment. For over five years, Mr. Stowell has assisted clients in business formations, daily business issues, contracts for business transactions, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, reorganization and dissolution of business entities, construction projects, corporate matters and complex business transactions. See Representative List of Business Transactions.


When litigation is required, Mr. Stowell resolves disputes efficiently and effectively. In state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution settings, Mr. Stowell has successfully litigated, arbitrated and mediated hundreds of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract, business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate derivative actions, real estate disputes, easement disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, unfair business practices, lender liability, securities fraud, partnership dissolutions, broker-dealer liability, construction issues, insurance coverage, computer licenses and corporate governance and control. See Representative List of Litigation Matters.


Mr. Stowell has successfully handled clients’ appellate matters for over thirty years in California’s state and federal appellate courts. Whether preserving a victory at the trial court level, or reversing an adverse judgment, Mr. Stowell has vast experience in structuring factual and legal arguments that position each matter for its best chance of success at the appellate level. As both a trial attorney and an appellate lawyer, Mr. Stowell has a unique perspective in understanding the factual and legal issues developed during a trial and how those issues will be reviewed and analyzed by the appellate courts. Mr. Stowell’s expertise allows him to handle appeals in virtually all areas of civil law. See Representative List of Appellate Matters.


Mr. Stowell has an extensive practice in counseling private schools on a broad range of issues involving private school operational issues, employment concerns, compliance with state and federal law, leases, liability matters, real estate, facilities management, investigatory concerns, student and faculty issues and facility use. See Representative List of Private School Matters.


In 2009, Mr. Stowell was named a Southern California Super Lawyer, a recognition garnered by only five percent of the attorneys in the State of California, based upon a detailed research process that relies upon numerous indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Stowell has also been recognized in the Presidential Who’s Who and Montclair’s Who’s Who in North America. For over twenty five years, Mr. Stowell has held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating Preeminent (AV) for legal ability and ethics. In addition, he has twice been selected in the Who’s Who in Professional Services by the Pacific Coast Business Times.


In 1981, Mr. Stowell, earned his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, was the school’s valedictorian, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine University Law Review. Mr. Stowell is admitted to practice law in all California state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

“Trusted Legal Advisor — Creative Solutions — Guidance Necessary for Navigating a Complicated Legal Landscape”