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James A. Fowler Jr. is the co-founder and managing partner of Fowler Law Group.  James draws upon his diverse criminal law experiences to defend adults and juveniles involved in all types of criminal law matters, including federal and state crimes, DUI offenses, driver’s license suspensions and traffic cases.  He is a native of Sarasota County and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.  

After graduating from law school, James worked as an associate attorney at a Sarasota law firm focusing on family and criminal law cases.  He also served as a prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  As a prosecuting attorney he handled numerous DUI, misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases and received specialized training from the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecution Program in the areas of drugged drivers and refusal cases.   Following his work as a prosecutor, James served as an attorney at a Sarasota criminal defense firm where he defended clients in all aspects of criminal law.

In July of 2013, James and his wife, Alene Sartori Fowler, founded Fowler Law Group, P.A..  The firm’s Sarasota and Bradenton offices focus on representing clients in all types of criminal matters.  James, along with the entire legal team at Fowler Law Group, is committed to going above and beyond to help people struggling with criminal charges and he proudly stands behinds the firm’s motto of “Respect, Reputation, Protection.”


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Contact info

Fowler Law Group

2075 Main St.
Suite 38
Sarasota, FL, 34237-6032

Fowler Law Group

1101 6th Ave. W.
Suite 106
Bradenton, FL, 34205-7743


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    8 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    8 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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FLMember in Good Standing200806/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Pretrial Motion Workshop CertificateFlorida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecution Program2011
Prosecuting Refusal Cases CertificateFlorida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecution Program2011
Prosecuting the Drugged Driver CertificateFlorida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecution Program2011
Governor's Merit ScholarshipFerrum College2002
Dean's ListFerrum College2002
Model United Nations - Most Effective DelegateFerrum College2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerFowler Law Group2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyMichael S. Perry, P.A.2012 - 2013
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney2010 - 2012
AssociateSyprett, Meshad, Resnick, & Lieb, PA2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)Member2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Make-A-Wish FoundationVolunteer2011 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionMember2011 - Present
Sarasota County American Inn of CourtMember2011 - Present
Florida BarMember2008 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SarasotaMentor2008 - 2011
Ferrum College Judicial Review BoardMember1998 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Ashley B.Dismissed.
State v. Rodger D.Dismissed.
State v. Ashley G.DUI "reduced" to Reckless Driving. No Court ordered Driver's License Suspension.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Ferrum CollegePolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Career Day CommitteeAchievers Program2010
Law WeekMoot Court2009