Michael J. Dowd

Partner

“I’m proud to work every day alongside what I consider to be the very best lawyers, paralegals and support staff in the business.”

Office

San Diego
T: (619) 231-1058
F: (619) 231-7423

Mike Dowd served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California from 1987-1991 and again from 1994-1998.

Michael J. Dowd graduated from Fordham University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin in 1981. While at Fordham, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1984 and entered private practice in New York that same year. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1985 and in California in 1988. 

Mr. Dowd served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California from 1987-1991 and again from 1994-1998. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Dowd obtained extensive trial experience, including the prosecution of bank fraud, bribery, money laundering and narcotics cases. He is a recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Dowd has been responsible for prosecuting complex securities cases and obtaining recoveries for investors, including cases involving AOL Time Warner, UnitedHealth Group, WorldCom, Qwest, Vesta, U.S. West and Safeskin. Mr. Dowd was the lead lawyer for the Firm's trial team in In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., which was tried in the District of New Jersey, and settled after two weeks of trial for $100 million. In 2009, Mr. Dowd, with his partners Spencer Burkholz and Daniel Drosman, tried Jaffe v. Household Int'l in the Northern District of Illinois, which resulted in a jury liability verdict and judgment of $2.46 billion. Mr. Dowd also participated in the prosecution of the Firm’s tobacco cases.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2010-2014
  • Attorney of the Year, California Lawyer, 2010
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2009
  • Director's Award for Superior Performance, United States Attorney's Office

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Education

University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., 1984

Fordham University, B.A., 1981, History and Latin, magna cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin