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Timothy Bowles

Employment and labor Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   25 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 46 years
    Oregon - OR 46 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1978
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    We specialize in employers rights, employment law and litigation for employers. We have extensive expertise with employment discrimination laws, wrongful termination, age discrimination, religious discrimination and sexual harassment laws. Our goal is to enable clients to pursue their worthwhile ends by constructive and ethical means. We are committed to providing professional skills and results of the highest caliber.

    45 years

  2. International law
    We are engaged in the African Human Rights Leadership Campaign, a pro bono initiative of Youth for Human Rights International. Funded by grants and contributions, we will be in six African nations in 2010-2011, while starting a parallel pilot human rights education initiative in the "developed world" of Southern California

    19 years

I have practiced law for over 40 years, primarily in the civil courts and, for the past 23 years, specializing in representation of employers.


Professionally, my firm is dedicated to helping businesses develop strong workplace legal basics for sound growth. Our legal services include educational steps, effective counseling on positive resolution of disputes, and result-oriented litigation defense.


I am proud to count as my mentors some of the most skilled and accomplished litigators of their time. My earlier litigation experience was in securing constitutional freedoms and, indeed, the very survival of the churches of Scientology in the 1980s and 90s.


Along the way, I have also helped establish several non-religious social service groups now thriving and expanding to bring improved conditions in important sectors. This includes Narconon International, a leading drug rehabilitation organization, and Applied Scholastics International, fighting illiteracy worldwide.


Starting in 2005, I devoted a substantial amount of my time pro bono as Director for International Development, Youth for Human Rights International. Along with a dedicated group of young African community leaders, we created the African Human Rights Leadership Campaign, now in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Togo, and Ethiopia.


Since 2014, I have helped to create the African Literacy Project for Applied Scholastics International, to implement effective, competency-based education in Liberia and throughout West Africa.


Our Southern California office is in "Old Pasadena," overlooking the Tournament of Roses' annual parade route along Colorado Boulevard (the famous Route 66).


By consistent delivery of quality legal services, we continue to enjoy steady expansion regardless of any transitory or prevailing economic trends.


Tim Bowles

Pasadena, California

January, 2019



Photos and videos

Human Rights Day, December, 2012; Pasadena Forum on Education and Responsibility, showing high school leaders Khadejah Ray and Betty Ogba, Youth for Human Rights program director for Africa Jay Yarsiah and Tim Bowles
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Law Offices of Timothy Bowles, P.C.
1 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 301
Pasadena, CA, 91105

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  25 customer reviews
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Posted by Ryan | September 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent team
Bowles office provided us with the original arbitration agreement we have every employee sign, which helped us to successfully push a frivolous suit against us in NJ to arbitration. After we won the arbitration, the party attempted to vacate the arbitration in California court, and Tim's team successfully prepared and defended and got the vacation attempt dismissed.
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Posted by Erika Izurieta | January 13, 2021
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Highly Recommended!
Tim Bowles has been most helpful! He is very accessible, diligent, well organized, his professionalism exceed my expectations. A true honest attorney who works for you to get whatever you need done, easy to talk to and very patient with me, always answered my questions and gave me objective counsel I knew I could trust. His hard work and diligence resulted in a favorable outcome in my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2019
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Great Attorney
Tim has helped us with our company's HR matters for the last 10 years. He gives us the advice to help us manage and make HR related decisions with confidence. We highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2019
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Sterling Director of Public Affairs
Tim Bowles and Cynthia Bamforth were extremely helpful with legal advice on several matters. We received an exchange in abundance from this legal firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2019
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My Savior.
Until November of last year when I retired, I was CEO of my own Financial Services Firm which employed approximately 65-80 staff at various times. For almost 20 years we used the Law Offices of Tim Bowles for all our Employment Law Needs. Our experience was excellent. Tim and his staff are knowledgeable, caring and professional in all things legal. I feel we saved a tremendous amount of money by being expertly “preventative” in our approach to employee law. Being fully protected is a good feeling. But also knowing that if something should occur this dedicated team had our back, is a great feeling. I highly recommend them. J. G. Retired CEO
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Posted by Trish | August 14, 2017
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HR Matters Extraordinaire!
Timothy Bowles has assisted us with HR related matters for many years. We depend on him to advise us on the particulars of HR law as it applies to our business. I highly recommend this firm!
Posted by Mark | August 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Mediation
After meeting with Tim, my business partner and I decided to hire him to help us prevent a lawsuit from being filed by a former employee who we terminated. Tim successfully convinced the former employee's attorney to go through mediation. Prior to the mediation, Tim requested that we gather all the necessary documents and prepared our case to present to the mediator. We were able to successfully to reach a settlement in 1 day and avoided a very costly and lengthy trial. Now, my business partner and I can focus our energy on growing our business and prospering!! Tim is always professional and extremely knowledgeable. He knows things about the law that most attorneys practicing for over 10 years have no clue. If you want help to settle or prevent any legal issues, do NOT hesitate to give Tim a call. Thank you Tim, Peggy, and everyone else at the Law Offices of Timothy Bowles!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2017
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Most Knowledgeable Attorney You Will Ever Get!
Tim impressed me with the years of experience with employment laws and practices. He is bold and stern with his decisions and suggestions. Tim saved us a lot of money in resolving our case through mediation versus going through trial which may cost us hundred of thousands. His best interests are to protect his clients and to save them money. I highly recommend Tim as your attorney.
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Posted by Jane | May 8, 2017
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Works hard for you
We came to Timothy Bowles to help us with a disgruntled former employee bringing forth formal complaints against our small business. Timothy knew all the ins and outs of going through such a ordeal, explaining things for us along the way, so that we were comfortable and in-the-know. The team that surrounds him is also great - each person puts in their expertise and hard work. We plan to stick with them to help us implement additional protective measures for our small business in the future.
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Posted by Melanie | May 3, 2017
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Great Help For New Small Business
I started my small business a few years ago. Along the way I ran into a few bumps and I turned to Tim Bowles on a referral. I can’t tell you what a life saver he’s been. He held my hand through firing two problematic employees who clearly were looking for ways to take advantage of me. I really believe that without Tim’s guidance they could have put me out of put me out of business. Tim also helped me reword my employment contract to make sure I wasn’t leaving myself open for future problems. I also highly recommend Tim’s employment seminar for any business professional. To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect and figured most of it wouldn’t apply to my position. However, I found the entire seminar very interesting and very applicable. I plan on sending my whole staff the next time it’s offered.
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Posted by George | February 2, 2017
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Knowledgeble and professional
We recently had an issue with a previous employee and hired Tim to represent us. Tim and his team are exceptionally professional, quick to respond, and knowledgeable in their expertise. We appreciate the ease of communication and his honesty. He was on point with foreseeing the outcome of our case. Our expenses ended up being a bit more than estimated, but his services were well worth it. We would highly recommend Tim's services.
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Posted by Ben | September 14, 2016
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Great team to counsel employers in proper policies and practices!
Tim, Cindy and their team of experts were incredibly helpful! We were facing several unique situations with several employees. What I felt could have dragged on to more serious repercussions, the firm worked with me to for a quick and detailed action plan. We were able to properly neutralize the problem amicably, boost morale within the company, and provide a base to work from for prevention and proactive resolutions going forward. Great team to work with! While I hope I never have to call on Tim again...I will if I must!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2016
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Mr. Bowles and his staff were amazing people!
Mr. Bowles took care of us with a legal employment matter. His highly knowledge of the law and his down to earth personality and his wonderful staff helped us go thru this dilemma , from the beginning we felt at ease to the end. We are so glad we got to known Mr. Bowles thru this dilemma. THANK YOU
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
Just a shout out to all employers out there! Mr. Bowles is an excellent choice. He has extensive knowledge about employment law. If you have concerns about honesty and integrity in your Attorney, he is a five star choice.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2015
Excellent and on point!
Recently, I had a crisis in my business with employees. California has a lot of intricate labor laws that you have to navigate through and such is just the way it is when choosing to live in this heavily regulated state. A business owner would be unwise to think that he could do it alone without any representation from a skillful labor lawyer. Tim Bowles diffuse that crisis for me without escalating into time consuming, expensive and stressful law suits. He separates himself from the rest because he has a unique knowledge on labor laws. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by JK | September 24, 2014
Tim Bowles and Associates: An Excellent Law Firm
Tim Bowles and his associates were effective, informed, helpful and accurate. Response time was immediate, communication was astute and financial transactions were transparent and honest. But most importantly, the help was real, the exact point of need was addressed and I was able to apply the information at a critical time.
Posted by Nan | July 25, 2013
I found real help!
I have been in business for over 36 years. During that time I have needed advice regarding hiring or termination of employees. When I called Tim's office recently, I got an immediate response and a certainty that the advice was precise and exact in terms of my legal rights and how to proceed. Something that seemed complicated to me initially was actually as simple as calling Tim's office and getting the legal understanding of the situation so I could do the right thing for all involved. Great people and great service. I highly recommend this firm. They know what they are doing and will help you get what you want done. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Dave | May 21, 2013
Trustworth and Efficient
I want to thank Tim Bowles and his entire team for being there for us. Although it is never pleasant to spend money on these legal threats it is an incredibly valuable resource and comfort to know that what has to be done is getting done in the most cost effective way possible. I can't imagine having to look through the internet or press friends and business associates for a competent and trustworthy attorney who I could absolutely count on to protect our interests without taking advantage of our financial reserves. I have absolute faith and trust in Tim and his entire staff. This is valuable beyond compare for any owner who has better things to do than to worry about devastating legal threats.
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Posted by Glen | February 21, 2013
Professionalism at its best.
I was impressed with his professionalism as well as his ability to totally duplicate my situation. He was very quick to give me a solution to the situation which I will immediately be able to put to use. Thanks a million.
Posted by Joel | February 23, 2011
Good offense and defense
Although not in Tim's primary area of expertise, Tim helped my family with a situation a few years ago that required both defense and offense against a very large company. He was able to blast through their walls of fear, uncertainty and doubt. He was not in the least intimidated by who they were.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Timothy Bowles, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bowles & Hayes
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Bowles& Moxon
  • 1987 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Timothy Bowles
  • 1978 - 1986
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  • University of California - Davis
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 1971


  • Oregon State Bar
  • Inactive -2010
  • 1978 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Active
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent "AV" top rated attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent "A" top rated attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Models of Unity Award
  • City of Pasdena Human Relations Commission
  • 2012
  • Humanitarian Award
  • NAACP Pasadena
  • 2011
  • Preeminent "AV" Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent Attorney, "AV" top rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preeminent Attorney, "AV" top rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Lawyers See New Lawsuit Boom In Unpaid Texting
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Human Rights Day Forum on Education and Responsibility
  • Human Right to Education
  • 2012
  • Employment Law for Employers
  • Workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, prevention and handling
  • 2012
  • Reversing Hunger Forum
  • Human Rights to Food and Water
  • 2011
  • Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast
  • Youth Human Rights Leadership
  • 2011
  • Human Rights Day Forum on Terrorism and Civil Liberties, Ten Years After 9-11
  • Privacy, Due Process and Civil Rights
  • 2011
  • Forum on Youth Violence and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Education
  • 2011
  • Employment Law for Employers
  • Workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, prevention and handling
  • 2011
  • Human Rights Day
  • 21st Century Slavery (Human Trafficking)
  • 2010
  • Employment Law for Employers
  • Workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, prevention and handling
  • 2010
  • Religion and the Law
  • Minority religions and access to justice
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Timothy
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I found Mr. Bowles to be a tough, ethical, compassionate attorney. He was a true professional and a pleasure to work with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tim and I were partners in a law firm in the early 1990's. Since that time he has built an extensive practice in representing employers, both defending them against claims and assisting them to prevent claims through proper procedures and practices. I am now working as Of Counsel to his firm. Tim consistently cares about the clients he is representing and works towards results that will be best for their interests. His extensive knowledge in the area of employment law is a major plus for the clients who hire him and can be sure they are getting excellent representation and advice in resolving disputes and setting up their companies correctly in order to avoid having problems. I highly recommend him to any employer who needs help in employment law matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working with Tim for at least 10 years. When I was in-house counsel for a start-up company, I consulted with Tim on a variety of personnel-related matters to excellent result. We have since worked together on many legal matters and I am continually impressed with his knowledge, thoroughness and results-oriented approach. I recommend him for any employment law matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Tim Bowles for over 20 years, having worked with him in the 1980’s and having kept in touch with him since then. He exemplifies the work ethic, intelligence and attention to detail that characterize the very best civil litigators in greater Los Angeles. Tim’s specialty is employment law defense, i.e. defending employers in wrongful termination, harassment and wage & hour cases. He is one of the most informed and professional attorneys in greater Los Angeles in this type of law. Further, because he manages his own firm and has kept his firm “lean and mean,” he can offer legal services easily competitive in quality and competence with the “tall building” employment defense firms while keeping the costs and fees reasonable. I highly recommend Tim Bowles and his firm to anyone who requires counsel or litigation services in the area of employment defense law."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tim for many years and think highly of him. His work is consistently of superior quality. His office operates with a great degree of integrity, showing regard for his clients. He achieves results."
Employment and labor
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