Michael J. Dowd

Michael J. Dowd

Of Counsel

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Mike Dowd was a founding partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. He has practiced in the area of securities litigation for 20 years, prosecuting dozens of complex securities cases and obtaining significant recoveries for investors in cases such as UnitedHealth ($925 million), WorldCom ($657 million), AOL Time Warner ($629 million), Qwest ($445 million) and Pfizer ($400 million). 

Dowd served as lead trial counsel in Jaffe v. Household International in the Northern District of Illinois, a securities class action that obtained a record-breaking $1.575 billion settlement after 14 years of litigation, including a six-week jury trial in 2009 that resulted in a verdict for plaintiffs. Dowd also served as the lead trial lawyer in In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., which was tried in the District of New Jersey and settled after only two weeks of trial for $100 million.

Dowd served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California from 1987-1991, and again from 1994-1998, where he handled dozens of jury trials, and was awarded the Director's Award for Superior Performance. Dowd has received the AV Preeminent certification by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available). He has been named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. Additionally, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ NACD Directorship magazine named him to their “Directorship 100,” which recognizes those individuals who have had a profound impact and the greatest influence on corporate governance. 

Dowd graduated from Fordham University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin. While at Fordham, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. 


  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2015-2019
  • Hall of Fame, Lawdragon, 2018
  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2016-2018
  • Super Lawyer, 2010-2018
  • Litigator of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2017
  • Top Lawyer in San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2014-2016
  • Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, 2015
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013
  • Directorship 100, NACD Directorship, 2012
  • Attorney of the Year, California Lawyer, 2010
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2009
  • Director’s Award for Superior Performance, United States Attorney’s Office

Practice Areas


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

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

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • 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

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