Chris J. Kowalski
Associate Attorney




    Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D., 1998, cum laude)

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (BFA, 1983)

    San Diego Sheriff’s Academy, Southwestern College (1986)


    Supreme Court of California

    United States District Courts (San Diego and Riverside)

    California Court of Appeal

    Superior Court

Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he obtained his degree in Speech/Theater. The training and experience he received in college has served him well in his preparations for jury trials and courtroom appearances. After college, Chris began his law enforcement career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, where he was assigned to detentions. While with the Sheriff’s Department, Chris played in the Copper Bowl under Sheriff Duffy.

After two and a half years with the Sheriff’s Department, Chris transferred to the Carlsbad Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, DARE Officer, and on the Search and Arrest Warrant Team. Chris eventually retired from Carlsbad due to an on-duty injury.

After retirement, Chris attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he qualified for a law enforcement scholarship and a merit scholarship. During law school, he was an Honor’s Intern and clerked at the California Attorney General’s Office, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, the San Diego Superior Court, and for Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Papas. Chris graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Chris worked for the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office. There, he quickly worked his way up from misdemeanors to the Special Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted cases for the Prison Unit and the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force. During his time in Imperial County, he developed and taught courses to law enforcement in report writing, DUI arrests, and courtroom testimony.

After six years as a prosecutor, Chris opened his own successful defense and family law practice. He moved back to San Diego in 2010, but commuted to Imperial County until he closed his practice in 2012 to attempt semi-retirement. In San Diego, Chris started his own private investigations office, taught a “careers in law enforcement” class in a local high school and was an instructor at the University of Phoenix.

Chris’ varied legal career gives him a unique perspective that will serve him well in the representation of law enforcement officers. His experience in reviewing cases from both the prosecution and defense perspectives, his jury trial experience, and his law enforcement training all combine to give Chris a solid background for representing our clients’ best interests.

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