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  • Administrative Law
  • Employment/Personnel Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Misdemeanor/Felony Criminal Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Domestic Relations/Child Support/Custody
  • Probate and Estate Planning

Biographical Information

Joseph P. “Joe” Bowman was raised in Franklin County, Kentucky, the son of Joyce and the late Robert A. Bowman, a local attorney.  He graduated from Franklin County High School, with honors.  He went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky (1997, cum laude) and the UK College of Law (2004).  While at UK Law, he excelled at the mock trial and appellate exercises, was a member of the National Moot Court Team, participated in the collegiate tournament in Richmond, Virginia and the Vanderbuilt University First Amendment Competition in Nashville, Tennessee where he was a semi-finalist and awarded runner-up best brief.  Joe also received recognition in academics in trial advocacy and energy law courses and was honored as the 2003 recipient of the Luke Woodward Achievement in Oral Advocacy Award.  While in school, Joe also interned with Fayette Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson.

Upon earning his Juris Doctor and passing the bar examination, Joe completed a one year clerkship with Honorable Roger Crittenden, Franklin Circuit Court Judge and then worked as an associate attorney for the general litigation firm, Johnson, True & Guarnieri before entering a ten year tenure n civil service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control (ABC) and the Kentucky retirement Systems (KRS).  During that time, Joe conducted numerous administrative evidentiary hearings and actively litigated multiple cases before the Franklin Circuit Court, Kentucky Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Kentucky.  Joe has also served as past Secretary and Treasurer for the Franklin County Bar Association and worked for several years as an adjunct writing teacher for the UK Law School instructing first year law students on proper legal writing and oral advocacy techniques.  He also served as a 2010 Update Author of the UK Law Publication “Kentucky Civil Practice After Trial” (#rd ed.).  Joe resides in


  • Kentucky, 2004
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005.
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2005.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2017.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science, (cum laude) 1997

Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Franklin County Bar Association-serving as Secretary and Treasurer
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorney (NAPPA)

Johnson Bearse, LLP serves clients throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.