what type of law does he practice?
The Bowen Law Group focuses on corporate, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law. Bowen is also a certified mediator in civil and domestic relations cases.
who’s in the firm?
The firm includes Charles Bowen and three other in-house attorneys with different areas of practice: Jeffrey S. Hanna, Stephen H. Harris and Brian L. Daly.
Bowen grew up in Athens, where his father was a filmmaker for the University of Georgia. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon and went on to attend Georgetown University Law Center
how did he get interested in law?
Since Bowen was a child, his favorite film has been “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He credits the movie with teaching him that being an attorney could be “a noble profession where I could make a positive impact on many lives if approached with diligence and integrity. Gregory Peck’s inspiring portrayal of Atticus Finch convinced me that when you focus on striving for excellence and improving the lives of your clients, that is the true path to success as both a person and an attorney.”
what does he like about his job?
“I find it personally fulfilling to assist individuals that are starting new businesses and to be able to play a role in helping to ensure their growth and success. For my clients with well-established companies, I truly enjoy the challenge of fashioning creative and cost-effective solutions to frustrating and challenging dilemmas.
“It is extremely satisfying to help forge a successful and cooperative way forward that often had not occurred to the parties.”
an interesting fact about Bowen’s family?
Bowen comes from a long line of actors and entertainers. He has memorabilia displayed in his office showcasing the entertainment pursuits of five generations of his family, including his great aunt’s days on Broadway and in silent movies.
His parents spent years traveling the country putting on a vaudeville show, and both of his daughters are heavily involved in film and theater.
what is Bowen’s current involvement in the entertainment industry?
Bowen recently helped found the Savannah Regional Production Alliance, the goal of which is to facilitate communication and coordination among individuals and groups involved in the local film and television industry.
The Savannah Economic Development Authority has identified the entertainment industry as one of the region’s most promising areas of economic growth, and Bowen believes the Alliance will help ensure the success of those efforts and turn Savannah into a preferred destination for future productions.
Bowen also serves as president of the local Shoestring Theatre Co., has appeared in multiple local film and theater productions and serves on the board of the Savannah Filmmakers Association.
his favorite book?
“While I enjoy a great novel as much as anyone, no book has had a more profound effect on my own life than ‘The Age of Reason’ by Thomas Paine,” Bowen said.
The book, he said, stresses the power of rational thinking to change the world and how it is every person’s responsibility to make up their own mind rather than having it made up for them by others.
“That’s easy. My grandfather once defined education as ‘the ability to describe a beautiful woman without using your hands.’”
in what ways can the business community better demonstrate its support of the local film industry or become stronger partners?
“The needs of the entertainment industry are very specialized, and businesses that are willing to educate themselves as to those needs and make the efforts necessary to accommodate them stand to profit tremendously,” Bowen said.
is Bowen involved in other community activities?
He was recently named as the chair of the 2016 Kiss-a-Pig campaign to raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. The 2016 theme of the campaign will be “Hollywood: Your Chance to Hog the Spotlight!”
Bowen is also the chairman of Chatham Area Transit’s Business Advisory Council and serves on the Business Advisory Board of S Bank.
Bowen also makes his large conference room available at no charge to nonprofit organizations, corporate boards and government organizations upon request.
“I have learned a great deal from many people in my life, including my parents, friends and family,” Bowen said. “But I have to mention my late boss, Michael Weinstock. He had an unparalleled mind and an unwavering loyalty to his friends, but what I remember most is the way that he could positively eviscerate the opposing side in a legal dispute while in court, yet still be genuinely warm and friendly when the case was over.
“There will never be another person like him, and I feel truly fortunate to have known him.”
who would he like to meet before he dies?
“Neil deGrasse Tyson,” Bowen said. “He possesses a combination of humor, wit and intelligence that I greatly admire.”
when should people call on his services?
Bowen agrees most business owners do not require the services of an attorney on a daily basis but said there are many situations in which the assistance of experienced corporate counsel can be invaluable.
These include forming a new business, applying for a trademark, buying or selling a company, legal compliance questions, and obviously litigation of any kind, he said.
Other good rules of thumb to determine whether you need an attorney are whether the issue may have long-term consequences for your business, there is a substantial amount of money at issue, and any time you feel outmanned or overwhelmed and need a skilled advocate at your side.
--compiled by: ELIZABETH SHEFFIELD
Charles J. Bowen, The Bowen Law Group