Joseph Lester Cowan Jr - #55559
Current Status: Resigned with Charges Pending
This member is resigned and may not practice law in California.
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
10519 C St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-4608
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||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|7/2/1997||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|6/28/1973||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
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.