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Michael Bowdish is a third generation attorney with fifteen years experience in defending the accused in various jurisdictions around Tampa Bay.  He has vigorously advocated clients' cases before juries in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Manatee Counties, and has presented written and oral arguments before the Second District Court of Appeal.  Michael strives to give clients a clear understanding of the legal issues, the current status of the law pertaining to those issues, and the positive and negative aspects of all courses of action.  Not all clients desire to proceed with a trial or motion to dismiss or suppress.  Some clients' situations call for diagnosis and treatment of addiction or other mental health disorders.  In such cases, forensic psychologists or treatment specialists may be called upon to assist the attorneys in negotiating with prosecutors for a disposition centered around treatment rather than incarceration.  Call Michael Bowdish today to discuss your options.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 32%
    16 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 32%
    16 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 32%
    16 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 1%
    16 years
  5. Other: 3%
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Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

Sharpsteen Law, P.A., Bowdish Law, P.A.

1915 Tyrone Blvd. N.
St. Petersburg, FL, 33710


FLMember in Good Standing200006/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Most Felony Jury Trials for 2002Public Defender's Office, Pinellas County2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentBowdish Law, P.A.2012 - Present
Associate AttorneySharpsteen Law, P.A.2004 - Present
Assistant Public Defenderthe Public Defender's Office2000 - 2004
Certified Legal Internthe Public Defender's Office1999 - 2000
Certified Legal Internthe State Attorney's Office1999 - 1999
Judicial Internthe Sixth Judicial Circuit1998 - 1998
Legal AssistantCrary, Buchanan, Bowdish, Et. Al.1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer FoundationBoard Member2011 - Present
Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer FoundationMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar, Middle District of FloridaMember2004 - Present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Barney Masterson Inn of CourtMember2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. S.R. (AGGRAVATED BATTERY)NOT GUILTY; guilty of lesser offense, felony battery
State v. J.V. (AGG. ASSAULT FIREARM)NOT GUILTY (firearm returned to Defendant)
State v. J.L. (Second District Court of Appeal)AFFIRMED IN FAVOR OF DEFENDANT
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Publication nameTitleDate
St. Petersburg TimesMisdemeanor Leads to Jailing of 91-Year-Old2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawTrial AdvocacyJD - Juris Doctor1999
Universidad Complutense de Madrid Facultad de DerechoN/AN/A1996
Stetson UniversityPolitical Science, Spanish (minor)BA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Law ClassAll Sides of the Criminal Law Practice2010