Judge John Bowman was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1988. He worked in private practice before being elected to the Circuit Court bench in 2002. Judge John Bowman was awarded the 17th Judicial Circuit award by The State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, which was presented by the governor and the program’s executive director, in gratitude for his work with adoptable children.
Upon election to the bench, Bowman inherited a division that saw approximately 150 children eligible for adoption. Little effort had been made up to that point to permanently home them. In response to the situation, the judge focused efforts to place the children, dramatically reducing the number of cases from 150 to five.
He is a Phi Theta Kappa Scholar and earned his JD from St. Thomas University, where he was a member of the State Moot Court Team. In his free time, he enjoys boating and spending time in nature.