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Seth Layton Bowman

Criminal defense Attorney at Little Rock, AR

4.3   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Seth

Learn Seth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    From simple misdemeanors to felonies that face the potential for life in prison, my office works all criminal cases including drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, etc. We fight State and federal charges.

    12 years, 900 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    DWI cases require a trial; they cannot be plea bargained. Whether it is drugs or DWI I know what to look for and how to present your case.

    12 years, 350 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    We represent normal and CDL drivers. See ARTRAFFICTICKET.COM.

    12 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Civil rights
    I file meritorious 1983 actions for police brutality and other civil litigation.

    12 years

  5. Personal injury

We primarily practice criminal defense and personal injury across most of Arkansas.  Every case is different, every first consultation is free.  We are not afraid or unwilling to go to court for you.  


Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis.


Criminal defense and civil disputes are generally done on a flat fee basis.  Payment plans are available, subject to our terms.  


We do not accept all cases or all types of cases.  If you contact us for something we do not practice, we will happily offer you a referral.  


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4.3 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Richard | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Bowman is a great lawyer he walked me through the process. He made the experience as stress free as possible. He spike directly with the DA to plead my case. He kept me from having to serve any jail time. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a great attorney.
Posted by Dianne | January 11, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
aattorney who went above & beyond to help ease my fears
Mr Bowman practices in AR where I reside so is very familiar with the laws here. After our advice "session" closed he made the effort to e-mail me further. I was very impressed. Thank you again Mr. Bowman.
Response from Seth Bowman September 9, 2015
Thank you very much for the review.
Posted by Jimmy | July 8, 2013
Awesome, Dependable, Accessible, Honest, Reasonable
Seth is capable of successfully handling the most perplexing type of case. Seth is modest. He is careful to disclose any limited experience he may have in a particular field of law. Ignore any hesitation and proceed to retain him anyway. Seth possesses a unique ability to quickly employ his excellent legal research skills and endless resources to take on most any contested matter with dispatch and alacrity. He has demonstrated a proven ability to achieve positive outcomes, even when facing off with an opposing counsel touted or known to some to be the preeminent specialized legal expert in a wide array of specialized legal matters.
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Posted by Eric | June 13, 2013
Cdl speeding ticket help
Ok my story is a simple one. I have a cdl and got a speeding ticket for 10 over, not a big deal but wanted to protect my cdl since I drive for a living. I decided to call an attorney and see if they could help. Seth bowman wasn't the first one I called and glad I didn't . It let me talk to a couple others who made promises that even I knew they couldn't guarante. The talked fast and said the would take care of me for a "small" fee. Just don't get a good feeling so call another, same result so called Mr. Bowman . I felt like he understood my concerns and we talked about a few different options and probable outcomes. Very laid back and friendly, answered all my question and never made a promise to bet my ticket but did promise to not give up until all avenues where checked. I hired Seth Bowman this morning and 6 hrs later ticket is reduced to a non moving vilation no points on my record, cdl still tact. This was a tuff prosecuter who didn't give much on cdl issues but had delt with the law firm before and knew the would have to work to convict me so they agreed to our terms and all is well. If you need an attorney call this guy first or last but just call you see the difference.
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Posted by Marie | June 4, 2013
Great attorney for "ALL" people!
I dialed their 800 number at 10 pm and Mr Bowman answered. I was a little upset because a very close friend had been arrested and needed an attorney. He calmed me down and things only got better from there. My friend and I meet with Mr. Bowman and his partner the next week and they started the case. Today I can say my friend and I are able to resume our lives. They represented us in a very professional manner and always treated us with respect! If I ever need an attorney or anyone that I know needs one, I will recommend Bowman & Lewis every time!
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Posted by Zamil | May 14, 2013
When I found Seth online I had quite a case on my hands. I was on a Porsche racing trip and I had 3 tickets in Arkansas. One was in a school zone, another on a highway and the last a reckless driving with 42 over. Seth miraculously got me out of 2 tickets in their entirety and got the reckless driving removed and convinced the prosecutor to "flip" the 42 over and made it 24! That ticket did go on my record but I was very pleased with the overall outcome of the 3 tickets. He was very responsive and on top of the tickets and kept me updated via email. I was very pleased with his professionalism and his advice. I plan on going on the Porsche racing trip again this year and I am not as afraid of getting a ticket knowing that if all goes to hell, Seth will take care of it for me. Simply put, he's a great attorney.
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Posted by Mark | April 26, 2013
Great attorney..
Mr. Bowman represented me on a traffic-related offense and provided counsel on various other issues. Unlike many lawyers, he is very responsive, knowledgable and, most importantly, effective. I would highly recommend him for anything from a speeding ticket to a company formation.
Posted by Gin | April 26, 2013
Great lawyer
Hands down great lawyer to hire he was affordable and everything I ask if he could do he did it and the best part is I live in California and i never had to make a trip to Arkansas everything was handled on my behalf I will recommend him to anyone I know who may ever need a lawyer out of Arkansas.
Posted by Preston | April 25, 2013
great DWI criminal
i was charged with first degree battery an Mr. Bowman helped me stay out of jail. He is a great guy, i will tell all my friends to use him if they got to.
Posted by Kimberly | October 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have emailed weekly to check in and spoke with this lawyer on the phone sent my information that was requested for an expungement from 20 plus years ago. He has told me every time I checked in he has been in trial or zero time in the office and he would get back to me than he told me after I sent him the notarized authorization history form my papers have been started but not approved this was 7-26-23. I emailed him last week and he has still not replied. I also kept asking him to send me an invoice so I can make a payment. I do have a copy of all emails sent and received.. if your to busy or don’t want to accept my case please do not request personal information and pretend that your working on it I could have hired another lawyer by now and it would be off my record already.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
If You're Looking for Someone Who Cares About Helping the Little Guy, Keep Looking
I got pulled over and ticketed for things that were not true or were inaccurate, so it was important to me to fight the citations both because of the fines and possible points on my driving record. I contacted several attorneys for a free consultation, and Seth was by far the most knowledgeable and helpful. He really seemed to care about doing the right thing and helping me, and his fee was one of the lowest I received from several consultations. He wanted to research a few things, and said he would email me about next steps. When he emailed me, I responded and asked if he offered a payment plan. If this is bad form I'm not aware, I've never needed a lawyer before, but several seem to offer this. He never responded to another email from me, and I left repeated messages with his office, even noting in my last message that I had emailed and called previously and just needed to know if he still wanted me as a client. Nothing. I ended up having to go with someone else, but after his complete disregard for anything other than payment in full immediately, I wouldn't have gone with him anyway as the trust was no longer there that he had my best interests in mind. If you're the little guy and genuinely need help but aren't made of money, definitely find someone else to help you.
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Response from Seth Bowman October 25, 2019
We offer payment plans. I am sorry you were unhappy.
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  • Contingency 15%-30%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bowman & Lewis, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Seth Layton Bowman, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Office Of The Attorney General, State Of Arkansas
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Real Property Closer
  • Wilson & Associates, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Realtor
  • Pike Realty Group
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2010
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • B.A.
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Smith v. City of Little Rock
  • Not guilty on all counts


  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chairman of Committee on Law Practice Management
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association
  • Impact Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Little Rock Housing Board of Adjustment & Appeals
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Quiz Bowl
  • NC State Champion
  • 2004
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  • UALR Law School
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Central Arkansas
  • How to Deal with the Police
  • 2012
  • UALR Symposiums
  • How to Run a Law Practice
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (21)
Endorse Seth
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and creative."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If, God forbid, I were in that situation, Seth would be my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bowman is able to use his vast knowledge to safeguard and protect the freedom and interests of his clients. I absolutely endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Seth is one of the hardest working and most knowledgeable lawyers that I know. I recommend Seth to any one who is in need of a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Seth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth is an intelligent, capable lawyer that takes his work seriously. More importantly, he's a stand up guy that you can trust."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bowman is knowledgeable in both criminal defense and personal injury law. We have had a variety of discussions that have shown Mr. Bowman knows the law and will zealously represent his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Seth is an innovative and passionate advocate for his clients. He never fails to think out of the box and try a novel approach to issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth Bowman is a talented litigator who knows how to get results in tough cases. I highly recommend his services and have recommended him to my clients who find themselves in need of a good criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bowman is a great attorney. He is extremely experienced in everything from criminal defense, to personal injury and DWI’s. He fights for his clients to get the results they need, and doesn't back down from prosecutors. Mr. Bowman and his firm set the standard for trial attorneys and I regularly seek out his opinion when facing complex criminal matters."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bowman is a detail-oriented attorney who has a solid grasp of the law and has a gift of quickly understanding complicated legal concepts. His calm demeanor, even when under pressure, will undoubtedly come in handy during high-stakes litigation. Mr. Bowman is an attorney you want on your team."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bowman and I routinely speak about criminal defense matters. He is creative and spends a lot of time finding ways to argue on behalf of his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Bowman has the rare ability to stay focused on the most minute of details while maintaining the ability to see the big picture--a rare combination of skill which is hard to find in any professional, even an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent, no-nonsense criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Bowman in both criminal matters and Personal Injury. He is knowledgeable and meticulous and is able to navigate through issues with relative ease. I endorse him."
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