Kevin R. Gowen

Kevin Gowen represents clients in commercial litigation matters, including collections and breach of contract claims. He represents corporate creditors in his practice, including financial corporations, construction companies, and health care providers. Kevin handles all stages of creditor’s rights claims, from the initiation of a lawsuit to post-litigation proceedings to enforce a final judgment. He also devotes a portion of his practice to the domestication and enforcement in Florida of final judgments entered in other states against Florida debtors.

Before law school, Kevin lived in Japan for several years during which time he became fluent in Japanese. While there, he taught public high school and worked for Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd. ( Panasonic ). During law school Kevin worked as an extern with the Special Counsel to the Florida Department of State International Affairs Division, researching Japanese civil procedure and creating the first known English translation of Japan’s Notary Law. Kevin uses his knowledge of Japanese document management practices to assist in the firm’s representation of its Japanese corporate clients.

  • Language

    • Japanese
  • Education

    Florida State University College of Law - J.D., International Law Certificate, 2004
    • Student Supreme Court, Associate Justice
    • Special Counsel to the Florida Department of State International, Extern
    Emory University - B.A., History, 1996
  • Honors

    • Highest grade, Comparative law course
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (2004)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Commercial Law League
      • Chair, Southern Region Executive Council
      • Member, Nominating Council
      • Board of Editors, Commercial Law World Magazine
    • Orange County Bar Association, including the Young Lawyers Section
    • The Florida Bar
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Author, "Best Practices for Consumer Debt Collection," Orlando Business Journal's Consult the Counsel, June 1, 2018
    • "SCOTUS Rules No Expansion to Definition of Debt Collector Under FDCPA," June 2017
    • Presenter, “Collection Law for Florida Construction Lawyers, ” April 2017, Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Construction Section
    • "Collection Law from A to Z", National Association of Legal Assistants CLE Presentation, Speaker
    • 36th Annual Meeting for the Southeast Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Savannah, Georgia, Panel Chair
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • Civil Law Notary
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