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John Kevin Crowley

Phone: (408) 288-8100
Fax: (408) 288-9409

Since 1979, John Crowley has emphasized trial work. He has tried to verdict many civil and criminal jury trials, has numerous published appellate opinions, has tried many family law dissolution cases to judgment, and has defended Alcoholic Beverage Control licensees before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board on administrative accusations filed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He began his career by defending persons charged with crimes through the conflicts department of the Santa Clara County Public Defenders program.

John prides himself in being a specialized storyteller in the unique theatre of the courtroom — a place you want to avoid if at all possible. He subscribes to the Aristotelian “three pillars” of persuasion: Ethos or ethics, which means credibility; Logos or logic, which means the presentation must be logical and reasonable; and Pathos or passion, which means it has to be capped with some emotion. With these three pillars in place, persuasion is certain. Trial attorneys are prescribed to assist their clients through the litigation process because the client has a “disorder” in the “body of their affairs”: Their freedoms, rights, property, reputation, business, family or security is being threatened, and they are forced to seek legal assistance to resolve this “disorder.” It is about assisting them through the process with skill, ingenuity, creativity, integrity, and the proper application of the law to their circumstances.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • Lincoln University Law School, J. D. (1976)
  • Santa Clara University, B.S. (1972)
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory (1968)

Professional Activities

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended client charged with three felony counts. The client was found not guilty in a jury trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court. (People v. Robert Anderson)
  • Successfully represented the plaintiff in aninsurance bad faith claim; won verdict for the plaintiff of $150,000. (Joan Bourland v. State Farm, Santa Clara County Superior Court, CN 637984 & 638146)
  • Represented the plaintiff in a wrongful death action where sole heir died after death of father in a leading case on who has the right of action in such circumstances. The plaintiff prevailed on appeal. (Chavez v. Carpenter, 6th District Court of Appeal published opinion)
  • Represented the plaintiffs in an action against the land owner and broker; won verdict for the plaintiffs. The award for the plaintiffs was in excess of $400,000. (Sandavol v. Vazir)
  • Represented the plaintiff for damages from motor vehicle accident in a underinsured motorist action and bad faith action; won a verdict for the plaintiff and award in the under insured motorist action of $2,297,000; settled federal court bad faith action. (Favorito v. Allied Insurance)
  • Represented the plaintiffs action against a police officer for violation of states rights in a claim for unlawful detention on a W&I §5150. The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed trial court’s decision against the plaintiff and remanded the case to state court for trial. (Hall v. City of Fremont)
  • Represented the licensee in an action against the licensee by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Twelve (12) counts were dismissed, revocation of the license was denied, and a minor suspension was ordered. (ABC v. Richards Bar)
  • Represented the licensee in an action against the licensee by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Of 51 counts of violation,31 were dismissed. Revocation was stayed for two years pending successful probation. ABC v. El Portrillo)
  • Represented the plaintiff in an insurance bad faith action; won verdict for the plaintiff with an award in excess of $500,000. (John Krogen v. Adams Clay Insurance Brokerage, SCCSC, CN: 607233)
  • Defended a bank in a civil action for breach of contract; won verdict in a jury trial for the defendant bank. (John Gorman v. Bay View Bank, SCCSC, CN: 649604)
  • Won verdict and award in excess of $350,000 for the plaintiff in a personal injury action. (Patrick Ezu v. Lara et al., Santa Cruz County Superior Court, CN: 177388)
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a civil action for inverse condemnation; won verdict for the plaintiffs and a gross award in excess of $500,000. (Martha Herrera v. City of San Jose, SCCSC, CN: 110-CV-165689)

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