Terry R. Dowdall

Terry R. Dowdall

Orange, California
916-444-0777 (Sacramento)
714-532-3238 (Orange)
916-444-2983 (Sacramento)

Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C. was established in 1993 by attorney Terry R. Dowdall (after serving as partner in Swanson and Dowdall, P.C. for 15 years), to pursue the advancement of a streamlined, effective and technologically advanced law practice limited to representation of park owners, landlords, property management firms, housing associations and municipal concerns. Through the years, Terry R. Dowdall and his staff have have maintained cordial and lasting relationships with clients, decades-long and through generations of ownership. With more than 35 years in the industry, Terry Dowdall's wide recognition as the preeminent practitioner in this specialized field is is based on personal relationships for which he is forever indebted. With great appreciation, it is Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.'s privilege to continue providing the very best advice and service available to clientele with great care to avoid needless expense or risky strategies and tactics. As owners ourselves, prudent business judgment is our mantra. Your business is to make money and serve your residents, not pay lawyers. We aim to achieve the fastest, least expensive and most efficient attainment of objectives. We will always strive to do the best we can because, simply, we care.

The most gratifying experience is creative problem solving, devising new strategies which are effective, reliable, practical -- rather than complex, expensive, time consuming or risky. As a partner in a park, I care for my clients like I care for my own property.

-- Terry R. Dowdall, A.B., J.D., Attorney at Law

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Mobilehome Park Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Southern California Graduate School
    • N.I.M.H. Doctoral Fellowship in Demographics - 1974
  • University of Southern California
    • A.B. cum laude - 1973

Published Works

  • Parkwatch, Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.
  • WMA Reporter, WMA
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (C.E.B.), Landlord Tenant Practice, Chapter 8, Co-Author, Mobilehome Tenancies

Representative Clients

  • Mobilehome Park Owners
  • Portfolio/Fee Management
  • Municipalities
  • Allied & Service Industry Organizations


  • Instructor, Certification Program, WMA Mobilehome Community Management
  • Speaker, Pacific Legal Foundation Property Rights Symposium
  • Speaker, Annual State Conventions of the WMA
  • Speaker, Annual Conventions of California Mobilehome Park Alliance

Honors and Awards

  • 2006 Advocate of the Year, California Mobilehome Park Alliance, 2006
  • 2013 Freedom Fighter Award, California Mobilehome Park Alliance , 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association, Member, Past Legal Advisor, Regular Speaker
  • Orange County Mobilehome Educational Trust, Member


  • English