Henry L. Bowden, Jr., is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Virginia in 1971 and his J.D. with Distinction from Emory University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Bowden earned memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Order of the Coif during his college and law school careers; he was also elected Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal. After law school, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, for the Honorable Griffin B. Bell. Mr. Bowden joined King & Spalding in 1975, making partner there in 1982. His areas of concentration have included estate planning and administration, charitable gift planning, and the representation of tax-exempt organizations. In June of 1995, Mr. Bowden founded The Bowden Law Firm.
Mr. Bowden was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel in 1986, and served as State Chair of the College in Georgia for five years. He served as chair of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia in 1990-91, and as President of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council in 1995-96. From 1982-87, he was an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, teaching estate and gift taxation in the Masters in Taxation program there.
Mr. Bowden has served as President of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, as Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Ballet, Inc., as Chair of the Board of Historic Oakland Foundation, Inc., as a Trustee of the Westminster Schools, and as a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. He is currently an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Emory University, and an active trustee of Wesley Woods Senior Living, Inc. Mr. Bowden chairs the Board of Bar Examiners for the State of Georgia, having been appointed to the Board by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2016. Mr. Bowden also chaired The Old War Horse Lawyers Club in 2018-19. He is a life long member of Northside United Methodist Church, where he teaches Sunday school.
Mr. Bowden has been honored by both Emory University School of Law as an “Outstanding Law Alumnus,” and by the Georgia Planned Giving Council, receiving the “Greater Good Award” for his work as a professional adviser on charitable giving techniques. Emory University awarded Mr. Bowden the 2009 “Emory Medal,” the highest honor bestowed by the University on one of its alumni.
Mr. Bowden is married to the former Jeanne Johnson from Wilmington, North Carolina. Jeanne is a practicing attorney with The Bowden Law Firm. He and Jeanne have two children, Caroline Stockdale, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Henry III, a graduate of both Emory University and Emory University School of Law, also practicing with The Bowden Law Firm. Mr. Bowden and his wife are the proud grandparents of Elena Stockdale, born on April 3, 2013, Nolan Stockdale, born March 4, 2016, and Ivy Bowden, born on April 7, 2021.