City Attorney


City Attorney
Bob Dowd

Education: Thomas McCarthy Elementary (diploma, 1960); Hanford High School (Student Body President 1963-64; All League Catcher 1964; diploma, 1964); University of Arizona; College of the Sequoias; San Francisco State University (All Far Western Conference Catcher 1967 and 1968; Bachelor of Arts, 1968); U.S. Marine Corps The Basic School (Honor Graduate 1969); California Western School of Law (Juris Doctorate, Magna cum laude, 1976); U.S. Naval Justice School Lawyer Course (1976); U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Military Judge Course (Honor Graduate 1978) and Law of War Course (1979); U.S. Naval Justice School Trial Advocacy Instructor Certification Course (1990). 

Bar Admittance: California State and Federal Courts; and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 

Memberships: Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Fellow, International Society of Barristers; Association of Business Trial Lawyers-San Joaquin Valley; Kings County (President, 1987), California and American Bar Associations; Consumer Attorneys of California. Past Memberships: Chair of Creditors’ Committee in Fruit of the Loom bankruptcy (January 2000 to April 2002); Kings and Tulare County Judicial Section Advisory Board (October 1996 to November 1998); Military Academy Review Board for the 17th Congressional District (August 1991 to November 1994); and Board of Trustees California Western School of Law (June 1992 to June 1995). 

Military: Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968, and after serving as Platoon Commander and Executive Officer (Japan and Republic of Vietnam), and Officer Recruiter (California), was assigned to law school. Served in trial and defense positions post law school. Active Duty from 1968-1981 and Reserve Duty 1981-1998. Retired as a Colonel in 1998. 

CONCENTRATION: Civil litigation (Board Certified in Civil Trial Law); government; agricultural cooperatives; and education. 

Awarded personal rating “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.