An AV Preeminent Attorney, Mr. Owens is noted for devoting significant time and effort to serving his fellow attorneys. In recognition of his contributions to the field of civil litigation, he was featured in the 6th and 9th editions of Who’s Who in American Law, which were published in 1989 and 1996. Mr. Owens was most recently selected to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Alabama in 2012, and Pillar of the Bar Award from the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association 2010.
Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Owens completed active duty military obligations. He went on to develop an interest in business law while attending commerce school. In 1961, Mr. Owens completed a Bachelor of Science in commerce and business administration through the University of Alabama. He was recognized as valedictorian of his law class when he received a Bachelor of Laws from the university in 1967. After graduation, Mr. Owens completed three years of active duty with the U.S. Navy. During the next 11 years, he attained the rank of lieutenant while serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Upon completing formal education, Mr. Owens joined Spiro & Phelps as an associate in 1967. Throughout the course of his career, he has served as an attorney with a variety of firms, including Sam M. Phelps; Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler; Owens and Carver; and Owens and Almond. Since 2003, Mr. Owens has been recognized as a senior partner with Owens & Millsaps, LLP. Based in Tuscaloosa, the firm provides legal representation in cases involving estate planning and probate, personal injury and civil litigation, business and corporate law, workplace and employment law, and medical malpractice defense.
In an effort to remain alert of recent developments in the legal profession, Mr. Owens maintains involvement with the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and International Association of Defense Counsel. He is also recognized as a fellow with the Alabama Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation. A respected leader in the field of law, Mr. Owens previously served as the president of the Alabama Law Foundation from 2005 to 2007.
In addition to maintaining a celebrated legal career, Mr. Owens is also heavily involved with the arts. For more than 25 years, he has served on the board of directors with the Tuscaloosa Symphony. Mr. Owens continues to be recognized as the former president of the Tuscaloosa Symphony, former president of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa County, and former member with the Children’s Hands-On Museum. In recognition of his unwavering commitment to the arts, Mr. Owens received a Distinguished Service Award from the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa County in 1995, and Patron of the Arts Award from the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa County in 1985.
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