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John Arthur Owens

Occupation: LawyerJohn Owens
Born: Birmingham, Alabama, July 7, 1939

Education:
LLB, University of Alabama (1967)
BS in Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama (1961)

Bar Admissions:
Supreme Court of the United States (1990); United States District Court Northern District of Alabama (1975); Alabama State Bar (1967); United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Career:
Senior Partner, Owens & Millsaps, LLP, Tuscaloosa, AL (2003-Present)
Partner, Owens and Almond, Tuscaloosa, AL (1997-2002)
Founder, Owens and Carver, Tuscaloosa, AL (1994-1996)
Partner, Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, Tuscaloosa, AL (1969-1994)
Associate, Sam M. Phelps, Tuscaloosa, AL (1968-1969)
Associate, Spiro & Phelps, Tuscaloosa, AL (1967-1968)

Civic:
Genesis House Board, (Presently); The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (Presently); Board of Directors, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (1989-2017); Chairman, Board of Trustees, First United Methodist Church Tuscaloosa (1967-2012); Board of Directors, Professional Division, United Way of West Alabama (1997-2003); President, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (1997-1999); Chair, Professional Division, United Way of West Alabama (1997); President, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (1993-1994); Board of Directors, Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL (1985-1989); President, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (1981-1982); The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (1980-2002); Advisory Committee Member, The Junior League of Tuscaloosa, Inc.; Former Member, Officer, Tuscaloosa County Solid Waste Authority; Chairman, Jemison–Van de Graaff Mansion Foundation

Military:
Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve (1964-1975); U.S. Navy (1961-1964)

Awards:
Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2017); Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Alabama (2012); Recipient, Honoree, Alumni of the Year, The University of Alabama (2012); Recipient, Pillar of the Bar Award, Tuscaloosa Co. Bar Association (2010); Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (1995); Recipient, Patron of the Arts Award, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. (1985); Honoree, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell; Honoree, 50 Year Recognition, Alabama State Bar Association Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, Alabama Bar Foundation; Fellow, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association

Memberships:
Recipient, Tuscaloosa Rotary Club (1969-Present); President, Alabama Law Foundation (2005-2007); Vice President, Alabama Law Foundation (2003-2005); Vice President, Alabama Law Foundation (2003-2005); President, Alabama State Bar Association (1995-1996); Board of Directors, Alabama Law Foundation (1994-1997); Board of Directors, Alabama Law Foundation (1994-1997); President-elect, Alabama State Bar Association (1994-1995); President, Farrah Order, Order of the Coif (1994-1995); Vice President, Alabama State Bar Association (1990-1991); Commissioner, Alabama State Bar Association (1987-1994); Director, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (1984-1987); President, Tuscaloosa Rotary Club (1983-1984); Recipient, Alabama State Bar Association; Recipient, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association; Recipient, International Association of Defense Counsel; Recipient, Omicrom Delta Kappa

Religion:
Methodist

Family:
Son of James King Owens and Beatrice (Geer) Owens
Married: Dorothy Terry (7/7/1962)
Children: Apsilah (Appie) Geer Owens-Millsaps; Terry Owens-Alvarez
Seven Grandchildren

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2019, 72nd Edition (pub. 2019)
Who’s Who in America – 2018, 71st Edition (pub. 2018)
Who’s Who in American Law – 1996-1997, 9th Edition (pub. 1996)
Who’s Who in American Law – 1990-1991, 6th Edition (pub. 1989)

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