Timothy M. Kowal

Timothy M. Kowal

Location:
Costa Mesa, California
Phone:
714-426-9703
Fax:
888-391-4105
Email:

Tim strongly believes the honest and decent businesses and property owners in our communities deserve protection from the unscrupulous who manipulate the law to their own advantage. As an old Italian saying has it: “The moment a law is passed, the way around it is found.” Tim’s commitment is to protect his clients and their livelihoods, and to help steer a path in the law toward justice.

Outside of his legal practice, Tim is very active in his community through the non-profit Huntington Beach Tomorrow, a group dedicated to promoting quality of life in Huntington Beach. Tim and his wife, Andi, worked with councilmembers in 2017 toward making HB the third Orange County city to stop using glyphosate and toxic herbicides in city parks.

Tim holds his J.D. cum laude, with an emphasis on environmental and land-use law, from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Chapman Law Review. Before practicing law, Tim helped run a successful IT sales and consulting firm in Orange County that continues to serve small businesses and individual customers in the region. He graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in philosophy, and is an alumnus of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Appellate/Writs and Appeals
  • Transactional/Advisory Services

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Education

  • Fowler School of Law, Chapman University, Orange, California
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Major: Environmental and Land-use Law
    • Law Review: Chapman Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • University of California, Irvine
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • Who Will Redevelop Redevelopment?: Power and Pragmatism in California Redevelopment Law, 12 ALB. L. ENVTL. OUTLOOK J. 93 (2007)
  • Rethinking Eminent Domain: The Restitutionary Approach to Just Compensation, 9 CHAP. L. REV. 463 (2006) (Winner, First Prize, Pacific Legal Foundation, Seventh Annual Judicial Awareness Writing Competition, 2006)

Representative Cases

  • Choi v. Orange County Great Park Corp. (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 524
  • Kelter v. Associated Financial Group, Inc. (9th Cir. 2010) 382 Fed.Appx. 632, 634
  • Nguyen v. Superior Court of Riverside County (Hemet Community Medical Group), California Court of Appeal (Riv.Sup.Ct. 2011)
  • Citizens for a Fair Trash Contract v. City of Los Alamitos (O.C.Sup.Ct. 2011)
  • Casey v. Ferrante et al. (C.D.Bkr. 2015)
  • Peterson v. Rubio (Cal.Ct.App. 2015)
  • C&C Properties, et al. v. Shell Pipeline Co., et al. (E.D.Cal. 2015)
  • Shapiro v. Dohr (Cal.Ct.App. 2017)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Human Relations Commission, Commissioner, 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Federalist Society, Board Member, 2007 - Present
  • Huntington Beach Tomorrow, Board Member, 2013 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Huntington Beach Tomorrow, 2013 - Present
  • Board Member, Orange County Federalist Society, 2007 - Present
  • Alumnus of St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower