Mr. Koelewyn was admitted to University of the Pacific McGeorge School of law while junior at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He entered law school at age 20. While in law school, Mr. Koelewyn was the legislation editor for the Pacific Law Journal and a member of the Traynor Honor Society and received numerous Bancroft Whitney Book Awards for excellence in various subjects. He graduated seventh in his class on June 12, 1971, took and passed the California Bar and was admitted to practice in California and the Federal Courts within California on January 5, 1972.
Immediately following law school, Mr. Koelewyn went to work for the law firm of Mitchell & Dedekam in Eureka, California. The practice of Mitchell & Dedekam was in the field of insurance defense, accompanied by strong practices in probate, and general business. Tiring of the climate in Eureka, Mr. Koelewyn relocated to Sacramento in 1974 and began his association with Max H. Hoseit which continues to this day.
Mr. Koelewyn’s trial experience began with his first trial in Crescent City, California in 1973, He has tried numerous jury and court trials since that time covering a broad range of subjects. His practice currently consists of a general civil practice with special emphasis on real estate, business, construction and estate law.
The variety of his experience is evidenced by two published appellate court opinions on cases handled by Mr. Koelewyn. In 1987 in the case of Linda Jones General Builder v Contractor’s State Licensing Board 194 CalApp3rd 1320, Mr. Koelewyn was successful in over turning the policy of the Contractor’s State Licensing Board. Up until the successful handling of the case by Mr. Koelewyn the Contractor’s State Licensing Board sought to discipline contractors who varied from the plans and specification on homes build on speculation even though the contractors were the owners of the homes at the time of the variation. Mr. Koelewyn, on behalf of numerous local charities, was successful in overturning the policy of the County of Sacramento of charging fees based upon gross income.
The extensive litigation handled by Mr. Koelewyn has better prepared him for anticipating potential problem areas in his transnational practice which now comprises over 60% of his practice.