Michael Dowd is a graduate of Cal-State University Long Beach (1992) and the University of Houston Law Center (1995). He has been an attorney for nearly 30 years. Michael Dowd worked for 18 months as a prosecutor with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office in Richmond, Texas. He also spent 22 years with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney and Supervising Deputy District Attorney in California.
He was the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Pasadena in California for five years. He was also the Chief Homicide Prosecutor for the Hamilton County District Attorney General’s Office for seven months. As a district attorney, Mr. Dowd was a major crimes prosecutor who tried 133 cases, which included 42 murder cases, three of those were capital cases. He also prosecuted another 31 homicide cases during his career. As a District Attorney, he also supervised the Juvenile Division, the Gang Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. As Chief Prosecutor in Pasadena, Mr. Dowd instituted a new approach within the City Prosecutor’s Office that firmly established that the foremost duty of the office was to protect the people of Pasadena. This approach focused on the need for accountability, responsibility and safety for the public while at the same time promoting community-based efforts to stem crime, especially violent crime, in the City of Pasadena.
During his time in Pasadena, Mr. Dowd instituted a number of rehabilitation programs that resulted in significantly lowering the recidivism rate in Pasadena. This success led to his Office receiving a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Justice to continue combating recidivism. In addition, he was also a Senior Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne for 20 years and is still currently a Professor of Law and has been for 14 years. Mr. Dowd and his family are residents of Marion County.