Retired Judge Patricia Cowett has been a respected and effective mediator and arbitrator with ADR Services, Inc. since 2009. She has successfully mediated hundreds of cases, many of them to full resolution, in such areas of law as employment, sexual harassment, personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, real property including condemnation, HOA and easement disputes, lemon law, consumer, maritime, utilities, business, contracts, and fee disputes. She has arbitrated cases in areas such as personal injury, medical malpractice, intellectual property, attorney’s fees and a variety of business, landlord tenant, and general contract disputes.
Judge Cowett retired from the bench in 2008 after 29 years as a Judge of the San Diego Superior and Municipal Courts. Her depth of bench experience allows her to candidly and credibly speak to the lawyers and parties about the strengths and weaknesses of their positions and what they can expect should they go to trial. She is willing to give her evaluation of the value of the case when requested to do so. She is patient, yet forceful, in hammering out issues that may stand in the way of reaching agreement. Clients especially comment on her friendly, frank, and knowledgeable demeanor. The combination of her judicial experience, intelligence, and persistence results in the fair and expeditious resolution of numerous disputes.
Judge Cowett lives and works principally in the San Diego County area and is available to conduct hearings throughout California. She has taught mediation and arbitration courses in the EU through the Center for International Legal Studies and has received training in dispute resolution from Pepperdine, Vermont College of Law, Brooklyn College of Law, and Stanford Law.
Judge Cowett is a graduate of UC Berkeley in 1969 and UC Davis Law School in 1972. She lives in Coronado and has two children and three granddaughters.