Vision, Mission, & Values

At John F. Bowen, LTD, our goal is to provide exceptional advice, representation, and consulting services to our clients in labor relations, employment law, and human resource matters. We are committed to understanding the unique needs and objectives of each client in order to design innovative, strategic, and cost-effective solutions to even the most complex workplace challenges. To drive extraordinary results, we are committed to going beyond the ordinary in order to consistently exceed client expectations.

In the pursuit of this mission, we remain committed to our “Value Proposition”

  • Positive Results: Results matter. We define success by how effectively we achieve our client's goals and objectives. We focus on partnering with clients to formulate innovative and strategic solutions to their workplace challenges and to assist them to develop a sound course of action designed to minimize risks while accomplishing their goals and objectives.
  • Creative solutions: Advising clients about the potential risks of particular actions -- or inaction -- is essential to achieving positive results for clients. Unfortunately, some lawyers become so risk averse they too frequently advise their clients to do nothing -- simply to avoid the possibility of being wrong. We recognize that providing extraordinary representation means being willing to think "outside of the box." By thinking creatively, we provide innovative and proactive solutions to workplace challenges.
  • Maximize value: We are committed to providing practical and cost-effective solutions to workplace challenges. We are dedicated to representing employers exclusively in labor relations, employment law, and human resource matters. Our singular focus is to understand how the "labor relations climate" might impact employers -- so that we can anticipate issues and provide creative solutions. We recognize budget concerns and apply reasonable hourly rates and offer "flat fee" and retainer arrangements to accommodate our client's particular needs to provide maximum value.
  • Honesty and Integrity: We recognize that honesty and integrity are fundamental to every successful attorney-client relationship. You can trust that our attorneys will talk straight and always tell the truth.
  • Responsiveness: Because issues rarely arise at convenient times. we recognize the importance of being available --whenever needed. Therefore, our attorneys are accessible by cell phone, e-mail, or text messaging throughout the workday as well as during evenings and weekends. We will respond to every phone call, e-mail, or text as promptly as possible. 




7142530-R1-012-4A_Custom.jpgJOHN F. BOWEN
Attorney at Law, SPHR
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd | Suite 920
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55437
Tel: 952.921.8442 | Fax: 952.300-8662
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Graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School (1990)

Licensed in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin

MN State-Certified Labor and Exmployment Law Specialist


John Bowen has dedicated more than 20 years to representing management exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law and human resource consulting. His practice includes representation of a broad spectrum of employers in a wide range of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, food service, construction, hospitality, retail, textiles, and distribution.

John focuses his practice in three primary areas: (1) labor law – where he deals with collective bargaining and contract administration, strike planning and preparation, developing union avoidance strategies, labor law compliance, and labor-related due diligence in corporate transactions and restructuring; (2) human resource consulting – where he regularly advises clients with regard to employment discrimination issues, employment law compliance, and preventive employee relations practices; and (3) management training – where he frequently conducts seminars, workshops, and in-house training programs designed to develop the effective management skills and tools necessary to build positive employee relations for union and non-union employers.

For unionized employers, John has served as lead negotiator in labor negotiations for employers in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, distribution, textile processing, and hospitality industries. He has successfully represented employers in more than 200 labor arbitrations and regularly advises employers with regard to contract administration and compliance. In addition, John developed “Reclaiming Your Management Rights” – a dynamic in-house training program for managers and supervisors to effectively manage a unionized workforce.

John also works closely with non-unionized employers to develop comprehensive preventive union-avoidance strategies, beginning with establishing and maintaining positive employee relations and employee engagement. In addition, he has worked with dozens of employers in a variety of industries to successfully respond to union organizing campaigns and related litigation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

A significant portion of John’s practice involves working with employers in connection with the labor relations issues that arise during corporate transactions and business restructuring, including mergers, sales and acquisitions, outsourcing, downsizing and mass layoffs, plant shutdowns and business closures. Transactional issues include successorship, contract assumption, accretions, single and joint employers, potential “run-away shops,” double-breasting, decision and effects bargaining, and advance notification required under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and related state notification laws.

He regularly represents employers before the NLRB in representation (election) cases and unfair labor practice proceedings as well as before state and federal administrative agencies and state and federal court in connection with employment discrimination, employment law compliance, and wage and hour issues.

John is a co-founder and facilitator of the Twin Cities Labor Relations Roundtable – a business roundtable of management labor relations professionals dedicated to labor-relations issues in both union and non-union environments. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Labor Lawyers in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute (LRI). He is a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment by the Minnesota State Bar Association and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990 and is licensed in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.