San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., California Western School of Law, 1985

  • Law Review: Symposium Editor - Civil RICO; Staff Writer
  • Honors Instructor, Legal Research and Writing

B.A., University of Washington


Honorable John J. Hargrove, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California


The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" distinction in Litigation - Bankruptcy (2021)

Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020-2021), Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Bankruptcy (2021)

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell (1995-present)

Super Lawyers® distinction in Bankruptcy: Business, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, and Business Litigation (2016-2020)

Mediator of the Year, 2010-2011, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California

BTI Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2013)

Top Lawyer, San Diego Magazine (2013-2020)

Southern California Top Lawyer, Los Angeles Times (2013-2020)

Jeffrey Cawdrey is a partner, resident in Gordon & Rees’ San Diego office, national co-chair of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice group, and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, D&O and Shareholder Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups. He has extensive experience in all aspects of business and bankruptcy law and litigation, including business reorganization and liquidation.

Mr. Cawdrey regularly litigates commercial and business disputes and D&O and shareholder disputes in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute forums. Additionally, Mr. Cawdrey serves as a trusted advisor to a broad range of businesses including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and finance. He has experience handling matters involving real estate litigation.

He is a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California, a former member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s local rules revision committee, and an executive member of the Court’s C.A.R.E. program, which provides outreach education to high school students on financial literacy. Mr. Cawdrey is a long time trustee, current secretary and former president and treasurer of the governing board of trustees of the San Diego Law Library. Additionally, he has served as judge pro tem for the San Diego Superior Court (Small Claims Division).


United States District Courts, Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Courts, Western District of Texas
United States District Courts, Southern District of Texas
United States District Courts, Colorado
Admitted pro hac vice in Federal jurisdictions outside of California


California Bankruptcy Forum
San Diego Bankruptcy Forum (Former Director, Vice President and President)
San Diego County Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section; Former Co-chair, Commercial Law Section; Former Chair, Auxiliary Loan and Scholarship Committee)
San Diego County Law Library Governing Board of Trustees (Secretary, Former President, Former Treasurer)
State Bar of California (Litigation and Business Sections; Former Member Federal Courts Committee)
University City Community Association (Former Foundation Director and Vice-President)