In this video, Dean Contover and Mike Bowser discuss facts about Mike Bowser and how Bowser law was started.
About Mike Bowser’s Education
Dean Contover: You graduated from Princeton High School in 1985, Providence College, and then you went to Law School.
Mike Bowser: Which was the Franklin Pierce Law Center. It’s now actually the UNH Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. And I’m sitting in the Parker Junior High School with you right now at the studio and I’m a graduate of the Parker Junior High School as well.
About Mike Bowser’s Practice
Dean Contover: Wow. Okay. You’ve been practicing for around 20 years now?
Mike Bowser: I was admitted in Massachusetts in January of ‘95 and I was admitted to practice in New Hampshire October of ‘96, so that’s 20 years.
Dean Contover: You presently still live in Chelmsford?
Mike Bowser: Yes, I do.
Dean Contover: Okay. Why didn’t you write a book on this?
Mike Bowser: I don’t have time. I’d love to. My practice is very heavy on trials and when you try a lot of cases, you see a lot of interesting facts and circumstances and you certainly meet a lot of interesting people — from my clients to the police, to the judges and the clerks, and everyone.
What I love about my practice is I love trying cases to verdict. I love doing jury trials. I love going to a different court. Yesterday, I tried a case to verdict in Springfield and I don’t get out to Springfield all that often. I had a really, really positive experience with everybody from the judge, to the jury, to the court officers.
Dean Contover: That’s good to hear.
Mike Bowser: And the prosecutor. I had a good outcome. I was very fortunate, my client as well. But I love to go from court to court to court and try cases.
Dean Contover: What is a day — this week? Let’s say today is Tuesday, Monday you were in Springfield, what happened today?
Mike Bowser: A typical week is Monday was Springfield. There was an OUI third jury trial. Today I was . . ..
Dean Contover: Not guilty or guilty?
Mike Bowser: Not guilty.
Dean Contover: Okay, good.
Mike Bowser: Today, I was in Nashua District Court on an assault, or an assault battery on a police officer type of case. It was a pre-trial conference. Tomorrow, I have a jury trial on mole and an OUI third as well. Thursday, I’ve got a domestic assault and battery in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Friday, I’ll be in Salem District Court, New Hampshire and Concord District Court on two separate DWI matters. In the background at the office, behind all that is the rest of my practice and my personal injury work as well.
About Mike Bowser’s Staff
Dean Contover: What about your staff?
Mike Bowser: My staff — sure.
Dean Contover: Let’s talk about them, because if they are watching this they are going to say . . ..
Mike Bowser: I am very lucky. I have had a woman that’s been with me going on 15 years, Valerie Santos. She is the lifeblood of the practice. She’s the person who you will get on the phone when you call and juggling my schedule is her primary function in dealing, being the point of contact with all of my clients, as well. She’s wonderful and my clients certainly appreciate her. My wife is an office manager. I’ve got two other associates that are working with me as well.
About Mike Bowser’s Other Cases
Dean Contover: Is there any type of other cases that you take on besides DUI?
Mike Bowser: My criminal practice. About 90% of my criminal practice is drunk-driving defense, license issues, Board of Appeal issues. But I do assault and batteries, domestic violence, drug possession. I just finished a case in federal court with a colleague of mine on a federal drug case. I do other criminal defense work; the drunk-driving defense is the vast majority of it. And then I’ve always maintained a very active personal injury practice. In law school, I worked for a firm in Boston that did personal injury work and it’s something that I enjoy doing. I’ve had a lot of success with it and I’ve always maintained a personal injury practice well. Not quite as large in terms of the number of cases . . ..
Dean Contover: Right
Mike Bowser: But still a significant part of my practice. The way my practice is set up, I try a lot of criminal cases week in and week out and I think that prepares me very nicely to be able to go into a courtroom on a personal injury case, which many times those have to be tried to verdict as well. And that experience in the courtroom really pays off in the personal injury cases.