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John A. Owens
Owens & Millsaps, LLP
2606 8th St.
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401
Phone | 205-750-0750

Law School - University of Alabama School of Law
Bar Admission - 4/4/1967

Law Office Locations: Tuscaloosa

Geographic Areas Served: All Counties in Alabama


John A. Owens dedicates his practice to Litigation and Appeals, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Business and Commercial Law, Business Organizations, Employment Law and Insurance Defense. Mr. Owens practices at Owens & Millsaps, LLP in Tuscaloosa.

Areas of Practice:
Litigation and Appeals
Estate Planning
Probate & Estate Administration
Business and Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Employment Law
Insurance Defense


Tuscaloosa County Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
American Trial Lawyers Association
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
Tuscaloosa County Trial Lawyers Association
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Tuscaloosa Chapter of the American Inns of Court in the category of Master of the Bench
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Fellow Alabama Bar Foundation.


John A. Owens was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 7, 1939 to James King Owens and Beatrice Geer Owens.  James King Owens was originally of Troy, Alabama.  He moved to Gordo, Alabama to teach school where he met and married Beatrice Geer.  James King Owens at various times owned and operated a general merchandise store; owned and operated an International Harvester Truck and Tractor - Mercury Automobile Dealership and was majority stockholder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Gordo. 

John Owens is married to Dorothy Terry of Red Level, Alabama, July 7, 1962.  They have two children who are: Apsilah Geer Owens Millsaps (Appie) born August 10, 1966 formerly a lawyer with Lanier, Ford, Shaffer & Payne in Huntsville and now practicing with Owens & Millsaps, LLP and Terry Elizabeth Owens Hurt born September 7, 1968, an interior designer in Truckee, California.

John Owens was educated through high school in the public schools of Gordo, Alabama and was graduated from Gordo High School, Valedictorian, Class of 1957.  Matriculated at the University of Alabama in August, 1957.  Was graduated from the University of Alabama in May, 1961 with a bachelor of science degree in Commerce and Business Administration and a major in Accounting.  Returned to the University of Alabama School of Law in September, 1964 and was graduated from its law school in January, 1967 standing first in the class. 

Mr. Owens also served with the United States Navy Reserve through the Reserve Officer Candidate Program while in college.  This included two summer terms of OCS in Newport, Rhode Island in 1959 and 1960.  Commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve, Supply Corps, upon college graduation in May, 1961.  Served three years on active duty consisting of six months in Navy Supply Corps school in Athens, Georgia; one and one-half years aboard the USS POWER (DD-839) out of Mayport, Florida; one year at the United States Navy Area Audit Office in Boston, Massachusetts.  Remained in the United States Navy Reserve for eleven years and attained the rank of Lieutenant.


John Owens was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in April, 1967.  Practiced law continuously since that date in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the firm of Phelps and Owens and its successor firms until March 31, 1994.  Founded Owens & Carver, Attorneys at Law, April 1, 1994 with Susie Taylor Carver, (became Owens, Carver & Almond January 1, 1997 then Owens & Almond, LLP January 1, 1998, then Owens & Millsaps in 2003).  Served as a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar representing Tuscaloosa County in Place No. 2 from 1987 to 1994.  Served as Vice President of the Alabama State Bar 1991-92; President-Elect 1994-95, President of the Alabama State Bar July, 1995 -- July, 1996.  Served on several committees of the State Bar including service as Chairman of the Committee on Bail and Recognizance; Chairman of the Committee on the Future of the Profession and Chairman of the Task Force to review the Pro Hac Vice rules. President - Farrah Order of Jurisprudence/Order of the Coif Alumni Association 1994-1995.  President -  Farrah Law Society of the University of Alabama School of Law, 2000-2002.  Alabama Law Foundation President July 2005 -July 2007.


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