Thomas R. Bowman, a Decatur native, joined Samuels Miller as an associate in September 2016. He passed the July 2016 Illinois bar examination and was admitted to practice by the Illinois Supreme Court in November 2016.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2002, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Russian language. In 2009, he received a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Thomas’ co-authored graduate thesis, “Possible Effects of the Department of Defense Acting as a Buyer on the Derivatives Futures Market,” was recognized through an “Outstanding Thesis” award and published as a working paper with the Center for Defense Management Research.
Thomas attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois where in May 2016 he received his Juris Doctor degree. He was an editor on the Southern Illinois University Law Journal and served as the President of the school’s International Law Society. He also received a number of honors including a law-achievement scholarship and being named to the Dean’s List.
Prior to attending law school, Thomas served on active duty as a commissioned Surface Warfare Officer with the United States Navy. During that career, he served in a variety of sea-duty assignments and shore assignments overseas. Thomas continues to serve with the Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander assigned to the United States Transportation Command based at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Thomas’ civil law practice includes work in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning, employment law, real estate, and commercial law.