Joseph’s career is devoted to representing people and families hurt by the negligent choices of others. Joseph believes that detailed preparation and a willingness to try your case to a jury are the only ways to win big cases. Joseph takes pride in making sure his clients’ stories are heard and validated—especially when the defendant has spent years trying to avoid responsibility.
Attorney Joseph McGowin has devoted his career to helping people rebuild their lives after the negligent behavior of others. Like all Arnold & Itkin attorneys, Joseph is a skilled negotiator and a fearless trial lawyer. He knows that detailed preparation and a willingness to try your case in front of a jury are the only ways to win big cases. For him, the most powerful part of his work is making sure his clients’ stories are heard and validated—especially when the defendant has spent years trying to avoid responsibility.
Joseph grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After completing high school, Joseph attended the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history. After getting his undergraduate degree, Joseph moved to Tuscaloosa and obtained his law degree from the University of Alabama.
Before joining Arnold & Itkin, Joseph worked for a personal injury firm in Mobile, Alabama. There, he gained valuable courtroom experience representing clients and their families in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Joseph's early trial work focused largely on medical malpractice cases, where the defendants often refused to make any settlement offer before trial. Through this experience, Joseph learned how to win difficult cases involving complex subject matter early in his career. When he came to Arnold & Itkin, his previous experience meant he was ready to do what we’re known for: fight for the results that clients deserve, no matter how difficult the challenge.
At Arnold & Itkin, Joseph’s practice focuses primarily on matters involving catastrophic personal injury, maritime and offshore cases, premises liability, and wrongful death. He's been included on the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. In 3 years with Arnold & Itkin, Joseph has tried 9 cases despite the delays caused by COVID-19. His results with Arnold & Itkin include a Top 100 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdict in 2020 and a Top 20 Personal Injury Verdict in Texas in 2021. In addition, Joseph has obtained numerous seven-figure results for Arnold & Itkin clients.
Outside of work, Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young daughters, fishing along the Gulf Coast, and watching Alabama football on Saturdays in the fall.