Attorney & Owner
Barbara Ann Bowden first knew she wanted to be an attorney because of her father. He was also an attorney, and if you asked Barbara about him, she’d say he was the kindest, nicest, most helpful lawyer one could ever meet.
She decided to pave her own path in law pretty early on in her education; she, too, was driven by that same passion he had for helping the people of Tacoma, Washington. It is that drive and those family values that laid the foundation for the solid, community oriented business that the Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden is today.
“I believe in treating others the way I would want to be treated.”
Born and raised in Western Washington, she graduated from Kent/Meridian High School in 1977.Barbara went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Washington State University, where she graduated in 1982.Barbara continued her education and graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1985. She became a licensed attorney in the State of Washington in 1986 and has been serving Tacoma and surrounding areas ever since! Her prolific success in the courtroom and experience practicing DUI and traffic defense law is undeniable.
“I’m passionate about education and knowledge because they give you freedom. Education gave me the ability to truly make an impact on peoples’ lives.”
Barbara’s favorite part of being a defense attorney is handling a case from beginning to end. She loves having the ability to turn something negative into something positive with the help of her office. When someone calls her office, they could be stressed; they could be weary and under a lot of pressure. She loves being an attorney not only because she can help people, but also because she can wipe away their fears and relieve them of their stress. She is extremely passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives through the tireless work of her law office.
When Barbara is not in the office (or in the courtroom–the life of a successful trial attorney!), she is doing her other job–being a mom. Being a single mom, you can imagine that Barbara is quite busy, but she strives to keep her two daughters active in sports and activities that spark their interest.
She’ll tell anyone: her two daughters inspire her more and more every day. When she sees them finally able to do a cartwheel after weeks upon weeks of trying, she’s inspired by their perseverance and enduring joy. Barbara demonstrates that same enthusiasm and perseverance in the courtroom.
Enthusiasm and excellence are not the only things she brings to the courtroom, either. If you’ve seen Barbara in the courthouse, you know all about Trial Bear, the sparkly, jewel-studded bear she wears when she goes to trial.
Quick Facts About Barbara Bowden
- Favorite sports team: Seahawks and WSU Cougars
- Favorite treat: Girl Scout cookies (Barbara bought twenty boxes just this year!)
- Favorite restaurants: Casa Mia
- Supported causes: Humane Society, breast cancer awareness, foster care programs
- Favorite book: anything by Danielle Steele
- Favorite television show: With two young daughters, Barbara doesn’t watch many of her own TV shows. The three of them watch the Chica Show every morning.