Michael Bowling was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his B.A. in 1978 from Worcester State University, his J.D. in 1981 from the New England School of Law, and his M.B.A. in 1990 from the University of Central Florida. While attending the New England School of Law, he was a member of the New England Journal of Civil and Criminal Confinement. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald P. Dietrich, United States Magistrate Judge, from 1987 to 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar Association.


Mr. Bowling represents litigants in both state and federal court on matters of discrimination, civil rights, employment law, and tort litigation. He also frequently speaks at seminars on the ADA, the FMLA and Title VII.


  • University of Central Florida, M.B.A., 1990
  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1981, cum laude
  • Worcester State University, B.A., Economics, 1978, cum laude


  • Employment Law
  • Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights
  • Public Entity Law


  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • Obtained final summary judgment in favor of two community development districts with respect to multiple deaf residents’ failure-to-accommodate claims brought under the Fair Housing Act and Title II of the ADA.  Schwarz, et al. v. The Village Center Community Development District, et al., 2017 WL 104460 (11th Cir. 2017).
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of former employee’s due process and breach of employment contract claims. Meeks v. City of Holly Hill, 189 So. 3d 796 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).
  • Obtained summary judgment on civil rights equal protection claim challenging County’s refusal to fund certain services for sex offenders.  Houston v. Williams, 547 F. 3d 1357 (11th Cir. 2008).
  • Obtained summary judgment on student’s First Amendment claim contesting dress code of the School Board restricting body piercings.  Bar-Navan v. School Board of Brevard County, Florida, 290 Fed. Appx. 273 (11th Cir. 2008).
  • Obtained summary judgment on employee’s First Amendment establishment of religion challenge to School Board’s holiday dress code.  Watson v. Adecco Employment Services, Inc., 252 F. Supp. 2d 1347 (M.D. Fla. 2003).

A complete list of Mr. Bowling’s reported cases is available upon request.