Jeffrey W. Cowan

Jeffrey W. Cowan earned his B.A. (cum laude) from Cornell University in 1986 and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. In law school, Mr. Cowan served as the constitutional law teaching assistant for Professor Jonathan Varat, and he completed the Moot Court Honors Program. Mr. Cowan is licensed to practice law in California and in Washington, DC.

In every year from 2007 through 2021, Mr. Cowan has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Professional Experience

Before starting his own firm, Mr. Cowan was a partner and an associate at Kendig & Ross, an “AV ® Preeminent” boutique law firm in Century City where he spent nine years practicing complex business litigation and employment law.  His clients ranged from Fortune 500 corporations to smaller businesses in Los Angeles, the Midwest and the East Coast.  Individual clients ranged from celebrities to professionals and just “regular folk.”  From 2001 through 2010, Mr. Cowan also successfully prosecuted criminals for the Ventura County District Attorney, the Los Angeles City Attorney and the Inglewood City Attorney through the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program.

Mr. Cowan also spent two years as “Of Counsel”  to Hennelly & Grossfeld, an “AV ® Preeminent” Los Angeles law firm that did high stakes trials for Fortune 500 corporations.

Mr. Cowan has substantial trial experience.  It includes:

1. Prosecuting (and winning) jury trials

2. Numerous court trials and arbitrations

3. Defending wage claims before the Labor Commissioner

4. Handling and arguing appeals and writ petitions in the state and federal courts

Published Opinions: Kim V. J. F. Enterprises, 42 Cal. App. 4th 849 (1996), and Cowan v. Krayzman, 196 Cal. App. 4th 907 (2011).

Articles:  “How To Get Paid When The Client Cancels,” Genii, The International Conjurors’ Magazine, Volume 56, No. 5, March 1993.

Non-legal experience

Mr. Cowan has more than 35 years experience performing non-legal magic: delighting audiences as a professional magician.  His performances have ranged from Hollywood’s Magic Castle nightclub to the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas, the Playboy Mansion, the Canadian and Dutch embassies in Washington D.C., Beverly Hills society affairs, and fraternity and sorority formals at Cornell University. Mr. Cowan is also the co-author (with Benjamin Garth) of How to Eat Fire Without Indigestion, and he has published original sleight-of-hand-tricks for use by other magicians.

Finally, Mr. Cowan is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Club of Los Angeles.

Kristopher N. Tayyeb – Associate

Academic Background

Kristopher N. Tayyeb earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2015 after graduating from UC Davis with a B.A. in political science-public service (with high honors) and philosophy (with honors).  During law school, Mr. Tayyeb earned membership in the selective Moot Court Honors Program, served on the Moot Court Executive Board, and successfully competed in mock trial competitions.  Mr. Tayyeb also clerked at The Cowan Law Firm during his second summer and during his third year at UCLA Law.

Professional Experience

Mr. Tayyeb practices employment and business litigation and has significant professional experience. In 2018, Mr. Tayyeb second-chaired (with Mr. Cowan) most of a six-week, eight-figure jury trial.  He has also represented clients in trials and settlement conferences before the Labor Commissioner; has negotiated favorable settlements for both employees and employers; and has substantial experience with enforcing judgments. Mr. Tayyeb has also successfully researched and written complex motions and oppositions.  Before joining The Cowan Law Firm full-time, Mr. Tayyeb clerked at two other small Los Angeles law firms where his practice focused on wage-and-hour class actions and landlord-tenant disputes.

Outside of the office, Mr. Tayyeb enjoys the outdoors, UCLA football, NBA basketball – and refining his cooking and baking skills.

Richard D. Greta - Of Counsel

Richard D. Greta has an “Of Counsel”  association with The Cowan Law Firm. He is a corporate and securities lawyer who consults on litigation issues.

Academic Background

Mr. Greta earned his J.D.  from the UCLA School of Law in 1991.  In law school, Mr. Greta received the American Jurisprudence award in constitutional law, served as the comments editor on the Federal Communications Law Journal, and completed the Moot Court program. Mr. Greta also holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he was the president of its Pre-legal Society.

Professional Experience

Mr. Greta spent nine years practicing corporate and securities law at the Los Angeles office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.  Often heading up a team of lawyers, Mr.  Greta worked on matters ranging from mergers, acquisitions and dispositions to private and public offerings, international and domestic joint ventures, real estate ventures loan securitizations and financings, tender offers and proxy solicitations, ranged from multi-national corporations such as Abbott Laboratories to Ernst & Young LLP, Soros Capital, LP, CB Richard Ellis, Foster Freeze Inc, and Robertson Stephens, as well as smaller local companies and high net worth individuals.  Before that, Mr. Greta spent four years practicing law at Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, where he did a mixture of corporate and entertainment transactional work and general litigation.

Mr. Greta also holds a real estate broker license and is a real estate developer. He is an avid golfer.

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