In September, 1972, Fowler joined Wales W. Wallace and Frank C. Ellis, Jr in the practice of law – Wallace, Ellis, and Fowler. He continued to practice law in Columbiana and Shelby County until his retirement in September, 2013. During his career, he has been a strong advocate for his clients. He has had an active general practice of law representing all types of clients in civil and criminal matters, domestic relations, and probate matters. His work in juvenile cases has proved to be a strong positive in the lives of many young people. He has also represented governmental entities in Shelby County as well as having had an active appellate practice.
Fowler earned his B.S. degree from The University of Alabama’s College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1969, and played football under Coach Paul Bryant, lettering for three years. He received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award from the University of Alabama being the first athlete to be so honored. He attended and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the The University of Alabama School of Law in 1972.
Within his profession he served as President of Shelby County Bar Association, three terms over a period of nine years as a Commissioner of the Alabama Bar Association, a member of the Shelby County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Fowler has served in many leadership roles in the community, such as president of the local Kiwanis Club and Booster Club, a supporter of all three public schools in Columbiana, Boy Scouts, and established a scholarship through the University of Alabama for Shelby County graduates. He is an active member in the Columbiana United Methodist Church where he has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Lay Membership, as well as many other offices.
Fowler has deep roots in Columbiana with his grandfather, Luther Fowler, the owner and editor the Shelby County Reporter and his father, Conrad Fowler, Sr, a law partner with Handy Ellis and later Probate Judge of Shelby County.
He and his wife, the former Rachel Brown of Birmingham, presently reside in Columbiana. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. After his retirement from the practice of law, he has served of counsel with the Wallace, Ellis firm.