Lawrence Kendall Bowen Biography
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Lawrence Kendall Bowen – Mediator, Arbitrator and Attorney at Law
Tampa, Hillsborough and Pinellas County Mediator, Ken Bowen, is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. Ken Bowen earned his Bachelors degree in Cognitive Psychology and International Affairs at Florida State University. It was then that Mr. Bowen became interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Bowen worked as a teacher, truck driver, union laborer, waiter, small business manager, and beach lifeguard. Ken Bowen also proudly served his country as a Port Security Specialist in the United States Coast Guard, enlisting after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and voluntering for a Special Missions Unit tasked with counter terrorism/force protection. Mr. Bowen has traveled and lived in various regions of the United States as well as abroad. He believes that those experiences, living and working among such diverse groups of people, give him a unique perspective that he often draws upon as a mediator.
After graduating cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 1997, Attorney Ken Bowen began his legal career as a trial attorney at a small litigation firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Bowen went on to earn the coveted LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law School, where he graduated with honors in the top 5% of his class. Mr. Bowen worked for a law firm in Vietnam where he specialized in international business transactions and international litigation and arbitration. After returning to Washington, D.C., Mr. Bowen worked as a contract attorney for several of the worlds largest law firms. In 2004, Mr. Bowen moved back to St. Petersburg to begin his own litigation firm. Attorney Bowen’s practice areas include personal injury (from dog bites to medical malpractice and everything in between), small business representation and international business. In 2016 Mediator Bowen created the Frogman Feast which is an annual celebrity chef charity event in St. Petersburg, Florida. By bringing together 15-20 elite chefs from around the country, a live band, vineyards, brewers, distilleries, and a silent auction, the Frogman Feast has raised more than $90,000 for the families of US Navy SEALs who never made it home.
Ken Bowen became certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit-civil and county mediator in 2007. Mediator Bowen is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Court-Appointed Arbitrator. Mr. Bowen is based in Pinellas and Hillsborough County, but mediates and arbitrates cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and West Central Florida, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Lake, Hernando, Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Charlotte, Lee and Orange Counties. Mediator Bowen travels up to two hours from Tampa with no travel fee, and in certain cases will travel further without billing for his travel time.
Mediator Bowen is certified by the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, to mediate cases in federal court. Ken Bowen is on mediation panels for the American Arbitration Association; the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation; Mediation Managers, Inc.; the State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation (arbitration proceedings conducted pursuant to Chapters 718 and 719 of the Florida Statutes), Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit, and several Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Managed Mediation Programs (pursuant to Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC09-54) throughout Florida.
Mr. Bowen will mediate or arbitrate any circuit-civil case, as well as pre-suit matters, including Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (mediated more than 1,000 Magnuson Moss Warranty Act cases as of 2018), auto dealership cases, FDCPA (Federal Debt Collection Protection Act) and TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), real estate, foreclosure, commercial, condominium, HOA (home owners association), construction, contract, corporate, elder care, employment and non-compete, franchise disputes, hurricane claims, insurance coverage and bad faith, sink hole, real estate, partnership disputes and dissolutions, personal injury and wrongful death, premises and product liability, probate, professional liability (accounting, dental, legal and medical), securities and any international legal matters.
As a seasoned litigator and trial attorney, Mr. Bowen recognizes the risks of trial and the benefit of a good, hard working mediator. Ken Bowen welcomes the opportunity to serve as your mediator or arbitrator.
Mediation is a consensual process. While serving as your mediator, Mr. Bowen shall remain impartial while guiding the process and will work toward facilitating a resolution among the parties, however, any ultimate resolution will only be achieved by agreement of the parties. As your mediator, Mr. Bowen has no authority to impose a resolution nor adjudicate any aspect of your dispute. Mr. Bowen is not permitted to offer any legal advice, nor any opinion as to the ultimate outcome of any dispute he is mediating, and as such, nothing Mr. Bowen says or does during a mediation should be construed as legal advice or a prediction of outcome. Mr. Bowen will at all times respect the right of self determination of the parties. Communications made during the mediation process shall remain confidential, except where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Any mediation conducted by Mr. Bowen, shall be conducted under the rules set forth in Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, as if it were court ordered, regardless of whether the court has entered a formal order of referral to Mediation. In addition, any applicable Court Order referring the matter to Mediation will govern the proceedings, and in Federal cases, the Rules of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Local Rules 9.01 – 9.07) shall apply. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act, Fla. Stat. §44.401, et. Seq. on confidentiality shall apply. The Florida Supreme Court has certified Mr. Bowen as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has certified Mr. Bowen as a Federal Court Mediator, for the Middle District of Florida. The Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators as well as Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, will govern Mr. Bowen’s role as Mediator. Without limitation of the foregoing, Fla. Stat. §44.107(1) on Mediator immunity shall apply.