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Attorney Michael I. Gowdey

Criminal Defense and Injury Lawyer, Michael Gowdey

Michael I. Gowdey, Esq.

Nevada Bar Number 6994
California Bar Number 161857

Attorney Michael Gowdey established the Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey, Ltd. in 1993. He is a 1989 graduate of San Diego State University and graduated with honors from California Western School of Law in 1992. Mr. Gowdey is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California, as well as federal courts all over the United States. His criminal defense practice has taken him to courts all across the country. He has argued cases in front of the Supreme Courts of Nevada and California, as well as the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Mr. Gowdey is a very skilled and very experienced trial lawyer, having successfully represented clients in well over a thousand criminal cases. He has secured acquittals in numerous felony jury trials and is considered one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state of Nevada. Mr. Gowdey has also tried and won many misdemeanor trials for DUI, domestic violence, petty theft, misdemeanor drug charges, battery, soliciting prostitution, and other offenses.

Successful Outcomes

29 Years Of Proven Success: Mr. Gowdey has defended clients in many high-profile criminal cases, including State of California v. Nesmith, a San Diego case in which a Navy Seal candidate was accused of killing his then fiancee’s three-year-old child. Mr. Gowdey and his defense team secured a day of trial dismissal of all felony charges after expert medical evidence presented to prosecutors proved conclusively that Mr. Gowdey’s client could not have been the person to have killed the victim. Charges against Mr. Gowdey’s client were dismissed, and he walked out of custody a free man.

Criminal Defense

Mr. Gowdey has also represented clients in a large number of sex crime cases, including the State of Nevada v. Green, also known as the “Flamingo Rapist” case. In that case, Mr. Green was accused of being the most prolific rapist in Nevada history. In State v. Bergman, Mr. Gowdey’s client was accused of the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl who was a resident of a facility for troubled youths where he was a counselor. A Google search of Mr. Gowdey’s name will turn up dozens of other high-profile cases he has been involved in.

Mr. Gowdey has handled many murder cases with great success, including the aforementioned Nesmith case and State of Nevada v. Estrada, another high-profile case where Mr. Gowdey won a day of trial dismissal of all charges in a case where his client admitted to stabbing a man in the neck with a pair of scissors while at a party. Mr. Gowdey was able to find the essential witness to prove self-defense, and the State dismissed the case on the day of trial. Mr. Gowdey has represented clients in other very serious cases, including State v. Munoz, a case where his client was accused of Felony DUI Resulting in Death or Substantial Bodily Injury. In that case, his client was accused of causing a serious crash in which the victim lost a leg. Mr. Gowdey was able to locate the evidence and witnesses necessary to prove his client was not the driver of the vehicle, and his client was exonerated of all charges.


Personal Injury Cases

Mr. Gowdey has also secured many large settlement awards and jury verdicts in personal injury cases. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients who have been injured due to negligence or intentional acts. He has successfully obtained large 5 figure settlements in cases against entities such as the Los Angeles Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, Walmart, and other major companies and organizations. Mr. Gowdey has also obtained large settlements in medical malpractice cases in Nevada and California.


Awards, Honors, Accolades:

Mr. Gowdey has been honored with numerous awards from various legal associations, magazines, and public opinion polls over the years. Some of those awards include “Top Lawyers and Law Firms in Vegas”, “Top 20 DUI Lawyers in Nevada”, “Trial Lawyer of the Year”, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America”, “Top 50 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Nevada”, and “100 Most Influential People in Las Vegas”. With this recognition of his legal skills, come benefits for his clients. Wouldn’t you rather have an award-winning lawyer representing you than someone who has never been recognized for their legal acumen and abilities?

Mr. Gowdey is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, the Clark County Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, among other prestigious organizations. He has been a legal analyst for several Las Vegas and San Diego television news stations and has been featured in many articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the San Diego Tribune.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Class Actions-Plaintiff
  • DUI/DWITraffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Money Laundering
  • Entertainment, Sports and Leisure Law
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Personal Injury-Plaintiffs
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Products Liability Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2000
  • California 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada 1993
  • Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals 2001
  • Supreme Court of Nevada


California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 1992 J.D.

San Diego State University, 1989 B.A.
Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member Of The Clark County Bar Association 
  • Member Of The State Bar of Nevada
  • Member Of The State Bar of California
  • Member Of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member Of The Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • 8th Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada
  • 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Federal courts all over the United States

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