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Joseph Lester Cowan Jr - #55559

Current Status:  Resigned with Charges Pending

This member is resigned and may not practice law in California.

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 55559    
Address: 10519 C St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-4608
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: egfiklda@djh.orgwdtmicm@rqqtrjkw.comstrgtrmfe@nuy.edugnhoyu@qpr.orgecufus@kfnerkjs.comjoeverip@aol.commmigm@nedoae.govelelp@lasd.netgypwqi@ffioamq.govtljybgapo@lcpll.comwmdtcnb@hgroan.orgeuwbqaok@mimdot.educjkooyke@iab.netoncemuoa@kgqhndbk.govktyqfqb@ajtkuoey.comgdocwdygw@kgskt.nettgksul@pwlpuir.orgqsajs@lklgh.netafnji@mrkly.netcflk@edejh.com 
County: Nevada
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
District: District 3    
Sections: None Law School: Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Resigned
7/14/2001 Resigned  
7/2/1997 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
1/1/1980 Active  
6/28/1973 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

7/14/2001 Resignation with charges pending 01-Q-02053 Resigned 
6/1/2001 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) 01-Q-02053 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
7/2/1997 Interim suspension after conviction 97-C-10383 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
7/2/1997 Discipline w/actual suspension 97-C-10383  

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.


Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

August 17, 2000

JOSEPH LESTER COWAN JR. [#55559], 60, of Berkeley was suspended for four years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with an actual two-year suspension, and was ordered to prove his rehabilitation, and take the MPRE. Credit will be given for the period of actual suspension which began July 2, 1997. The order took effect Aug. 17, 2000.

In 1997, Cowan pleaded guilty to one felony and eight misdemeanors as a result of an accident on the Golden Gate Bridge in which one individual died and seven others were injured. Cowan was not adhering to his prescribed treatment for epilepsy and suffered a seizure just prior to the accident.

He was sentenced to four years in state prison and was ordered to pay $10,000 as a restitution fine and more than $17,000 in fines to the victims. He paid the restitution.

In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, demonstrated remorse and presented testimony attesting to his good character and involvement in charitable and community affairs.


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