Mike serves as a strategic advisor and counselor to his clients, who range from private corporations to public companies in a variety of industries. He provides sage legal counsel on matters related to corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, tax and economic development incentives, employment, and MBE and WBE certification. Michael also has comprehensive experience in real estate development, construction, acquisitions, and financing of properties.
"Calfee’s Government Relations practice group is proud to welcome Mike Bowen as its newest partner. Mike is a tremendous lawyer and an important part of the Calfee GR team," said Leah Pappas Porner, Chair of the firm's Government Relations and Legislation practice group and Partner-in-Charge of Calfee's Columbus and Washington D.C. offices.
Mike’s knowledge of the political process, which he honed as the campaign manager for the former Cleveland mayor, among other roles, allows him to advise clients at the federal, state, and local levels of government. He works extensively with administrators, agencies, and legislators to advance his clients’ needs across multiple industries, including gaming and hospitality, entrepreneurship, primary and higher education, health care, housing, and pharmaceuticals.
"Mike's keen insights make him the go-to attorney/lobbyist for many of our clients. We congratulate Mike on this important milestone in his professional career," said Government Relations and Legislation Vice Chair, Joshua R. Sanders.
Mike currently serves on the firm's Associates Committee and its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Staying connected to the community through involvement in local organizations is important to Mike. Notably, he serves on the Board of Directors for both the Presidents’ Council and Engage! Cleveland, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shaker Schools Foundation and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. Mike is a member of the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and Bluecoats Inc. He is an associate with Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court.
Mike has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch," list for Government Relations Practice (2021 - 2023). He also has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers "Ohio Rising Stars," in Government Relations (2022 - 2023). In addition, Mike was selected for inclusion in The National Black Lawyers' "Top 40 Under 40" list.
Mike earned his J.D. at Cleveland State University College of Law, where he served on the Cleveland State Law Review and was a member of the Fredrick Douglass Moot Court team. He received his B.A. from Miami University.
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