The Honorable Michael G. Bowman

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 61


The Hon. Michael G. Bowman is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2013 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Lloyd Connelly (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Bowman received his B.S. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

While in law school, Bowman served as an intern for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and also interned for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. He began his legal career as a deputy district attorney for the Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he would serve from 1988 to 1991.

He would then leave the public sector to become a named partner at Lewis and Bowman for four years before opening the Law Office of Michale G. Bowman in 1995. During his time in solo practice, he worked as a criminal defense attorney, where his clients ranged from a teenage murderer to police officers facing criminal charges. While in private practice, Bowman also served as an instructor to police personnel on the subjects of warrant application and execution, defense strategies in homicide cases, and instruction on courtroom testimony. He would remain in private practice until his appointment to the bench in 2013.

He has also served as an instructor at Lincoln Law School, where he taught on the subject of community property beginning in 2014.

While on the bench, Judge Bowman has served as a supervising criminal judge.

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