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Joseph Patrick Bowman (“Joe”) has been a longtime resident of Franklin County, Kentucky and is the son of Joyce and the late Robert A. Bowman, Esq.  Joe, his parents, as well as brother Alan and sister Emily are graduates of Franklin County High School.  Joe completed both his undergraduate and legal studies at the University of Kentucky, obtaining his juris doctor from the UK College of Law in 2004. While in law school, Joe excelled in appellate advocacy, served on the national moot court team, and was a semi-finalist at the Vanderbilt University National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.  Joe was admitted to the bar in 2004 and had the distinct honor of serving as Law Clerk for the Franklin Circuit Court, Honorable Roger Crittenden, Circuit Court Judge (Ret).

Joe has spent the last fifteen years as an active, working lawyer in private practice and public civil service in Frankfort, Kentucky. He has extensive knowledge of government administrative litigation with notable appellate experience and results. Joe has previously served in the roles of Attorney Manager, Assistant General Counsel, and Special Detail General Counsel. Joe’s prior work history includes post-conviction relief efforts for the Department of Public Advocacy, government agency representation for Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control and Kentucky Retirement Systems as well as private practice litigation with Johnson, True & Guarnieri, LLP and Johnson & Bearse, LLP, now Johnson Bowman Branco, LLP.  Joe has represented clients in a variety of settings, including advising non-profit boards and committees, testifying before legislative bodies, litigation before administrative tribunals, district and circuit court hearings and jury trials, and oral argument presentation before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court.

Outside of work, Joe is an accomplished long-distance runner with over a dozen successfully completed marathons. More recently with his free time, Joe and his wife Simonne enjoy attending music concerts, gardening, and travel with a particular interest in international treks to Aimores and Vitoria, Brazil, South America.


Professional Admissions and Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2004 membership, licensed to practice in Kentucky District and Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. *** no disciplinary history ***
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Franklin County Bar Association, serving as past Treasurer and Secretary.
  • Kentucky Justice Association.
  • American Bar Association.
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout.


Capabilities and Practice Areas

  • Government Administrative Litigation and Appeals.
  • State, County, and Hazardous Duty Disability Benefits.
  • General Civil Litigation and Appeals.
  • Domestic Litigation and Appeals.
  • Criminal Litigation and Appeals.
  • Probate and Estate Matters.


Notable Experience and Results

(Kentucky Supreme Court)

  • Carson v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2015-CA-000094 – Successfully petitioned the Kentucky Supreme Court to grant discretionary review of a lower court decision applying res judicata to a government agency.

(Kentucky Court of Appeals)

  • Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Grant, 2011-CA-000327 – Successfully obtained reversal of an unfavorable lower court decision attempting to apply equitable estoppel against a government agency.
  • Winkler v. Com, 2008-CA-000554 – Represented criminal defendant in post-conviction request for relief with successful remand to the trial court.
  • Other examples of notable results: Brooks v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2013-CA-000467; Tucker v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2013-CA-000706; Robinson v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2014-CA-000152Bare v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2015-CA-000409; Ferrell v. Kentucky Retirement Systems, 2015-CA-000558 – Appeals Court affirmed favorable lower court decisions upholding agency outcome under state law KRS Chapter 13B.

(Lower Courts and Administrative Tribunals)

  •  Litigation in the presence of a seated jury in state district and circuit court cases ranging from reckless driving and misdemeanor DUI to criminal felony indictments.
  •  Litigation of more than 200 cases before an administrative law judge (hearing officer) conducted under state law KRS Chapter 13B.
  • Commonwealth v. Snavely, 19-T-07345 – Not guilty jury verdict on charge of reckless driving.


Publications and Continuing Legal Education Accomplishments

  • Update Author for the publication Kentucky Civil Practice after Trial § 10 (Briefs), published by the University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education 2010.
  • Adjunct Writing Instructor for University of Kentucky College of Law – Served several years as adjunct writing instructor advising first year law students on the fundamentals of legal writing and appellate advocacy.
  • Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Award 2014.
  • Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Award 2015.