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Board Certified in Civil Trial Law (2000)

J. Bruce Bowman

Attorney

Bar Admissions:
•Florida

Bruce Bowman was born in Pensacola and has substantial generational ties to the Florida panhandle.  As a son of a University of Florida graduate and IBM aerospace engineer, Bruce first moved to Huntsville, Alabama as a child and then to Houston, Texas as a young man, where he graduated from Clear Lake High School (Texas) in 1980.  Bruce then attended the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Accounting.  He then returned to Houston where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1987 from South Texas College of Law.  Bruce is a member of both the Texas Bar Association and the Florida Bar.

Bruce began his law practice with Lorance & Thompson, a preeminent insurance defense firm in Houston.  In 1990, Bruce relocated to the Florida Panhandle, where he was a founding partner of the law firm of Dennis & Bowman and later formed the law firm of Conerly, Bowman & Dykes in Destin.  In June 2020, Bruce joined the elite litigation team at Matthews & Jones.

Bruce is a board certified civil trial lawyer and has maintained that distinction since May 2000.  At the time Bruce joined Matthew & Jones, he was the only board certified civil trial lawyer in Destin.  Bruce is also a certified civil mediator and a qualified arbitrator, which allows him to see and evaluate cases through a multi-faceted lens.

In Bruce’s thirty plus years practicing law, he has successfully tried numerous cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, business torts, contracts, construction defects and real estate/land use, in both state and federal courts.  There is simply no case too large or too complex for Bruce to handle and his focus is always geared toward achieving the best possible results for his clients.

Bruce has been married to his wife Lisa since 1990 and they have three (3) children together.  Bruce is an member of Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church and has otherwise been active in support of his local community.

Bruce is committed to excellence.  He provides experience, integrity and a creative, problem-solving approach to every client he represents.

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Bar Admissions and Certifications

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since May of 2000
  • Certified Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator
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Civil Litigation

Bruce is a board certified civil trial lawyer and has maintained that distinction since May 2000.  At the time Bruce joined Matthew & Jones, he was the only board certified civil trial lawyer in Destin.

Bruce is committed to excellence.  He provides experience, integrity and a creative, problem-solving approach to every client he represents.

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Education:

  • University of Florida (BA, Accounting 1984)
  • South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1987)
    • Graduated in top 15% of class
    • Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Award for most significant contribution to the South Texas Law Review (1986-1987)

Member of:

  • The Florida Bar
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (Secretary, 2003-2004)
  • The Florida Bar First Judicial Circuit “B” Grievance Committee (2009-present)
  • Special Magistrate/City of Valparaiso (2007 to Present)
  • Special Magistrate/South Walton Fire District (2011 to present)

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