William M. Bowen has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

  •     General civil practice in all state and federal courts
  •     Trials
  •     Corporation
  •     Banking
  •     Real estate
  •     Wills and Probate
  •     Family Law
  •     Construction law
  •     Trusts and estates
  •     Probate and Wills
  •     Mergers and Acquisitions
  •     Certified Circuit Court Mediator


  • South Carolina and U.S. District Court, 1966
  • U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court, 1970
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1971


  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1966
  • Washington & Lee University, A.B., 1963


  • LCDR, JAGC, U.S.N.R.

Associations & memberships

  • Beaufort County and American Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar (Vice President, 14th Judicial Circuit, 1970; Member, Executive Committee, 1973)

Biographical details

  • Beaufort County Council (Member, 1978-1982; Vice Chairman, 1986-1988; Chairman, 1988-1990)
  • Member: Board of Directors, Washington & Lee Alumni Association, 1988-1992
  • Board of Directors, Virginia Sigma SAE, 1988–
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges, 1992-1996
  • Member, General Society of Colonial Wars and South Carolina Society
  • Founders Society of South Carolina, St. Cecilia Society of Charleston, Naval Order of the United States
  • Recipient, The Island Packet’s 2008 Reader’s Choice Award Voted The Best Attorney, Island Packet Readers
  • Former Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve