About Us


We Are Here For You

You will find in us a consultative partner ready to navigate through complex legal matters.

Understanding The Law

Our grasp of the law is unparalleled and our team of Subject Matter Experts will be working round the clock until the desired results are delivered.

Problem Solvers

We are creative thinkers with a “can-do” attitude and thrive at unraveling the most difficult challenges.

Customer Support

Our client centric approach guarantees high impact and an exceptional level of value added services.

Our Story

McDowall Cotter has served clients in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for more than half a century. In that time, we have established a reputation, in the courts and in the community, for ingenuity, integrity and a common-sense approach to the practice of law.

Our expertise ranges widely, from business counsel to wealth preservation to dispute resolution and litigation. All of our services are rooted in a thorough understanding of the law, extensive experience with trials and appeals, and a longstanding commitment to protecting not only our clients’ interests but also their peace of mind.

We represent corporations, state and local governments, businesses of all description, families, and individuals. We are cost-conscious and process-driven. Clients receive concierge-level service from seasoned attorneys, paralegals, and client service specialists, all of whom employ the most advanced and secure technologies available.

It has been said that in some ways we are an old-fashioned law firm. We believe in civility, value long-term relationships, cultivate a healthy work environment and provide the highest quality legal representation in matters large and small. And we agree — we are old-fashioned, but then again we’ve been old-fashioned for more than fifty years and still somehow we remain ahead of our time.


Robert D. Vale, Esq.

Robert D. Vale, Esq.


Bob’s primary area of practice is wealth preservation, asset protection and trust and estate administration. This includes working with family businesses on entity formation, succession planning, lease negotiations and other matters particular to family businesses.



David S. Rosenbaum, Esq.

David S. Rosenbaum, Esq.


A trial attorney, David provides defense litigation in the areas of Trusts and Will Disputes Employment, Breach of Contract, Personal Injury Defense (CGL, Homeowners, Automobile policies), and Public Entity Defense (Dangerous Condition, Policy Officer Liability).  David acts as personal counsel and Cumis counsel when your personal assets are at risk because you either have no or insufficient insurance coverage. He also acts as plaintiff counsel in Financial Elder Abuse cases.  David provides business counseling for selection of an appropriate entity and employment counseling for employers.

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If you are interested in our services or have any questions, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can.