Tim Bower Rodriguez is a federal defense attorney whose background gives him a real edge. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, he began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. After 3 years as a lead prosecutor for hundreds of jury and bench trials and a period as Division Chief, Mr. Bower’s calling to serve as a defense lawyer fueled his decision to open Tim Bower Rodriguez, P.A. For over 15 years, Tim Bower Rodriguez has dedicated himself to the defense of individuals and corporations charged with serious federal crimes.
Why Criminal Defense?
Mr. Bower’s family fled from communist Cuba after his grandfather’s law firm and school was shut down by the government, for no apparent wrong-doing, and without due process. This is how Mr. Bower came to know the importance of justice and freedom – and why he is driven to defend your rights. “I didn’t just swear the attorney’s oath to uphold the rights set forth in the United States Constitution,” he says, “I take those rights personally.”
Mr. Bower speaks fluent Spanish, and has successfully defended Spanish-speaking citizens of the United States, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, as well as other South American, Central American and European countries.
After graduating cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Bower began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. He was a lead prosecutor in dozens of jury trials, nearly one hundred bench trials and the author of successful appellate documents. At the peak of his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Bower was named Division Chief and took on the task of supervising and mentoring lesser-experienced prosecutors.
Seeing the need for strong criminal defense lawyers who understand both sides of the courtroom, Mr. Bower opened Tim Bower Rodriguez P.A. to focus solely on federal criminal defense. Since 1998, Mr. Bower has vigorously defended the rights of clients in the most serious of criminal cases, including drug related crimes such as trafficking, white collar fraud crimes, and DUI manslaughter.
While still an undergraduate in the University of Michigan, Mr. Bower became a published academic author. His paper, “Cuba: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” presents several incidents involving the murder of Cuban citizens fleeing the communist island – one of which involved the criminal hijacking of a tugboat. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Bower assisted his legal mentor in a human rights case that involved the illegal detention of thousands of Cuban immigrants at the Guantanamo Naval Base.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Mr. Bower attended the University of Miami School of Law to study criminal law. He received the “CALI Excellence for the Future Award,” – an accolade given to one student per year for excellent achievement in Criminal Substantive Law. Mr. Bower was also awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for outstanding academic performance in Criminal Procedure.
Mr. Bower practices law in the United States Supreme Court, the federal District Court of Puerto Rico, the federal Eastern District of Michigan, the federal Southern, Middle and Northern District Courts of Florida, the 11th Circuit of the United States Courts of Appeals, and Florida state courts. Mr. Bower is also a current and former member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Coral Gables Bar Association.