Daniel G. Dowd

Partner and President

DANIEL G. DOWD is a Partner and the President of Cohen Dowd Quigley.  For almost three decades, Dan has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, ADR and contested administrative proceedings, and has repeatedly been selected as one of the top litigators in Arizona.  He has been named a Southwest Super Lawyers in every edition of that publication, and has also repeatedly been recognized on Super Lawyer’s list of the Top Fifty attorneys in  Arizona.  He was named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine, and as one of only four commercial litigators recognized in the annual Arizona Business Leaders publication.  The Business Journal has recognized Dan as one of the “Best of the Bar – Litigation” as selected by his peers.   Dan is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, the membership of which is limited to 3,500 Fellows, less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Dan’s accolades reflect his successes throughout his career.  Dan has tried and arbitrated multiple cases.  For example, in 2007, Dan and Ron Cohen obtained a $360 million jury verdict after a month-long trial, the second largest ever returned in Arizona and the fourth highest in the United States that year.  In 2015, after a two-month bench trial, Dan and his co-counsel obtained a decision finding damages of $288 million in a commercial tort case, which led to a $72 million judgment against the remaining defendants.  Dan has also successfully litigated cases on behalf of a wide variety of clients, from large multinational corporations to local businesses and individuals, and he has represented the Arizona Board of Regents and the public institutions it governs in over 50 matters ranging from employment to athletics to intellectual property disputes.

Dan is also very active in professional organizations, including the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”).  He has been a member of the senior leadership within the ABA Section of Litigation since 2001, and currently serves as a member of the Section’s governing body, the Council.   He is also the Program Director for NITA’s highly acclaimed, multi-day Arizona and Nevada Deposition Skills Programs.

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University of Iowa College of Law
J.D with high distinction, 1988
Order of the Coif

Iowa State University
B.B.A. (Finance) with distinction, 1985


United States District Court, District of Arizona
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Maricopa County Bar Association
State Bar of Arizona
American Bar Association
Member, ABA Section of Litigation Council
National Co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Program Director for the Arizona and Nevada Deposition Programs
Former Co-chair of the ABA Special Committee on the Future of Civil Litigation
ormer Co-chair of the ABA Solo and Small Firm Committee
Former Co-chair of the ABA Federal Practice Task Force
Regional Chair for the ABA Section of Litigation 2016 Rules Amendments Roadshow


AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Named in every edition of Super Lawyers®2007-2017
Selected to the Super Lawyers® list of the Top Fifty attorneys in Arizona, 2011-2014, 2016, 2017
Named in Arizona Business Magazine‘s Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2014, 2015, 2017
Named in Arizona Business Leaders – Business & Commercial Litigation, 2013-2016
Named by Arizona Business Leaders as one of the Top Five Business & Commercial Litigation attorneys in Arizona for 2016
Named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-Present
Sustaining Member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Ranked in Chambers USA®: General Commercial Litigation since 2014
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation


“National Institute on Mediation with the Masters: Contemporary Strategies for Effective Advocacy in Mediation,” presented by the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation
“The Impact of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1993 on Athletic Participation,” Arizona Athletic Trainers Association
“Bridge the Gap: Arizona Legal Skills (Motion Practice and Summary Judgment),” State Bar of Arizona, Continuing Legal Education
“The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege and The Rules of Professional Conduct for University Lawyers,” Arizona State University
“Cross Examining the Expert Witness at Deposition and at Trial,” Lorman Education Services