Sean D. Cowdrey was born and raised in a rural part of central Illinois where his extended family still resides. From 1984 to 1988, he attended North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1991, graduating with honors. While in law school, Mr. Cowdrey served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melinda Johnson, Ventura County Superior Court Judge. Mr. Cowdrey received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Remedies.
After being admitted to the bar in 1991, Mr. Cowdrey developed his legal skills in a variety of areas of the law by working at several Ventura and Santa Barbara firms. In 1998, Mr. Cowdrey opened his own law practice in Ventura. In 2001, he accepted an invitation to return to one of his prior firms as a partner where he primarily defended numerous long-term health care companies against claims of elder abuse. Mr. Cowdrey has continued his health care practice with his partners at Beach | Cowdrey | Owen, LLP. He has received the highest, AV-Preeminent rating from his peers.
Mr. Cowdrey’s practice emphasizes litigation, specifically in the areas of elder abuse and neglect by nursing homes and other long-term health care providers, medical malpractice, HMO/health insurance liability, personal injury, wrongful death, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and business matters. In 2006, Mr. Cowdrey secured a defense verdict for one of his skilled nursing clients in a case that was designated one of the Top 10 Defense Verdicts for 2006 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
In addition, Mr. Cowdrey continues his active civil appellate practice. Published opinions include Flores v. Evergreen at San Diego, L.L.C. (2007) 148 Cal.App.3d 581 [enforceability of arbitration agreement signed by spouse of nursing home resident] Goliger v. AMS Properties, Inc. (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 374 [enforceability of arbitration agreement signed by daughter of nursing home resident]; Ostayan v. Nordhoff Townhomes Homeowners Ass’n. Inc. (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 120 [homeowners association has no duty to notify members of commencing litigation]; Ventura Unified School District v. Superior Court (2001) 92 Cal.App.4th 811 [right of public entity to have case tried in its home county]; Lisa M. v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (1995) 12 Cal.4th 291 [vicarious liability of health care facility for sexual battery]; Dujardin v. City of Oxnard (1995) 38 Cal.App.4th 174 [proper closing argument at trial]; Accardi v. Superior Court (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 341 [statute of limitations for sexual harassment]; and Roach v. Lewis (1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 1179 [dismissal of case for failure to timely serve defendant].
Mr. Cowdrey is admitted to practice before all California state courts, the United States District Courts for the Central and East Districts of California, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and Defense Research Institute, and is an affiliate of the Rutherford Institute and the American Center for Law & Justice. He regularly serves as an arbitrator by appointment by the Ventura County Superior Court. He resides in Camarillo with his wife and children.