John D. Rowell
Cheong,Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns

10100 Santa Monica Blvd
Suite 2460
Los Angeles, CA 90067, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability

Practice/Organization Description

Lawsuits are not won by luck. In fact, more often than anyone would like to admit, many times people with valid claims lose. Careful planning and preparation both before and during trial makes a huge difference. John plans far ahead, anticipates and preempts the defense, in his cases. This has made a tremendous difference in the results. This ability is not surprising as John is an internationally-rated chess player.

John has been practicing law for almost thirty years and has seven and eight figure verdicts. He has focused much of his time and effort on products liability cases, representing clients who have been catastrophically injured or whose loved ones have been killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, train accidents, airplane accidents and defective products.

John Rowell has been a pioneer in the field of consumer safety. He has represented clients in cases involving a wide array of products where the product design was unsafe such as airplanes, automobiles and tires.

John started his career working on Grinshaw v. Ford Motor Co., the famous Pinto exploding gas tank case, and in the Paris Air Crash case, where a defective cargo door cost the lives of all on board. He has handled all types of product liability cases, including actions where injury was caused by defective design or manufacture of cars, tires, air bags, aircraft, medical devices, drugs, industrial machinery, and other consumer products such as coffee makers.

As a California plaintiff attorney, John has handled hundreds of cases for victims of motor vehicle accidents and unsafe products. He has taken on many corporate giants, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Freightliner, Honda, Isuzu, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota, Goodyear, Goodrich, Firestone, Bridgestone, Hyundai, Caterpillar, Greyhound and others.

John is an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has received awards and certificates of appreciation from several organizations including the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). John is recognized as a So.California SuperLawyer.

He is currently serving on the California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone Tire cases. He is a member of Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), a national litigation group specializing in automotive and other product defect cases.

John received both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Southern California. His interests outside the practice of law include chess, basketball and horses.

Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns has the extensive resources to handle the most complex legal matters, yet is small enough to offer individualized service to our clients.

Bar Admissions

California, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1978

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1986

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986

U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1978

U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California, 1977


Major: Law

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


Honors: magna cum laude

Major: Political Science

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates

Member, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)

California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone Tire

Honors and Awards

So. California SuperLawyer - January 1, 2009 - Present

Associate Award from American Board of Trial Advocates - August 2, 2008 - Present

Certificate of Appreciation awarded from Los Angeles Superior Court - 2008

Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions awarded from The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California - 2006

Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions awarded from The Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California - 2005

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