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Since graduating law school, Christopher Gowen's career has focused on providing a voice in our criminal justice system for those who are rarely heard. He began his legal career as a public defender under the famous Bennett Brummer in Miami-Dade, Florida. As an Assistant Public Defender, Chris represented hundreds of adult and juvenile clients accused of committing crimes. Chris had a very successful trial record and continues to provide vigorous representation to clients in the DC metro area. Chris left the Public Defender's office to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then Senator Hilary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton's memoirs, My Life. He also served as a traveling aid for the President’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for Senator Hilary Clinton during her presidential campaign in Iowa. Chris then joined the American Bar Association as the Senior Staff Attorney for the Criminal Justice Section in Washington, DC. For over three years, he focused on directing grant projects, developing criminal justice policy, and coordinating amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court on topics relating to reentry, juvenile law, and criminal defense.

Chris is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches Legal Ethics and upper level seminars.

Christopher is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Miami School of Law. He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys attending Philadelphia Phillies games with his wife, Carol, and their one-year old daughter, Madison.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    6 years, 12 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    10 years, 150 cases
  3. Consumer Protection: 10%
    4 years, 4 cases
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    4 years, 5 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Mark M Rollins

    I endorse this lawyer. I took the IACP/NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test with Mr. Gowen. Good lawyer, highly recommend.


    Mark Rollins DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact info

The Gowen Group

1015 15th NW.
Suite 1110
Washington, DC, 20005


DCActive 201005/25/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Teaching in Adjunct ApointmentAmerican University2013
Adjunct Professor of the YearAmerican University Washington College of Law2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorAmerican University, Washington College Of Law2011 - Present
PartnerGowen Group Law Offices2010 - Present
Senior Staff Attorney (Criminal Justice)The American Bar Association2008 - 2011
Assistant Public DefenderMiami Dade Public Defenders Office2005 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Duke Law JournalEducation, Employmnet and Eviction2011
Human Rights Journal (ABA)The Legal Community's Collaborative Effort to Address Collateral Consequences for Youth,"2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Villanova UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Reentry SummitExploring and Examining Innovative Reentry Strategies for the 21st Century2011
Padilla and the Future of the Defense FunctionThe Effects of Padilla, Beyond Immigration2011
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Annual MeetingThe New Judicial Colloquy2011
Duke Forum for Law and Social ChangeCollateral Consequnces2011
National Indigent Defense SymposiumPrivatization of Punishmnet2010
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution 2010 Annual ConferenceCriminal Mediation for Juveniles2010