About Travis Owens

Honor. Excellence. Integrity.

Travis grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in political science. Awarded a full academic scholarship to law school, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati, passed the Georgia Bar Exam, and began what would turn out to be a twenty-year legal career in the Navy “JAG” Corps.

Immediately in the Navy, Travis began assisting service members, retirees, and their families with legal issues from contract disputes to landlord-tenant issues. Though running a general practice, his heaviest workload was in the area of family law/divorce, estate planning, and criminal defense. He also ran tax programs that prepared returns for thousands of servicemembers.

He worked in and ultimately ran offices in Ventura, Monterey, Lemoore, and San Diego, California; Washington, D.C.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Bangor, Bremerton, and Whidbey Island, Washington; Naples and Sicily, Italy; Rota, Spain; and Bahrain, United Arab Emirates.

While in the Navy, Travis also earned an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in Trial Advocacy and tried cases from murder and rape to petty theft and DUI. He represented accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; handled 90 criminal appeals in the D.C.-based Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Federal District Court; represented civilian defendants from the head of an Armenian gang in L.A. to the U.S.-designated “drug kingpin” Benjamin Arrellano-Felix; and tried over 100 bench trials and 52 jury trials to verdict. Along the way he served as legal counsel for and earned a Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

He retired from the Navy in 2018 as a Lieutenant Commander and semi-retired for a couple years. He then turned 50, took and passed the California bar, and opened his private practice in Murphys. In 2022, he earned a “Master’s Degree in Public Leadership” from the University of San Francisco.

Travis and his family have extended family with deep roots in Calaveras County, his children have all attended Calaveras County schools, and they (along with their dogs and a cat) are happy to call Calaveras County home having spent numerous holidays during their Navy years in Murphys. In his spare time, Travis likes spending time with his family, doing Crossfit, and then eating diner food that effectively wipes out any gains Crossfit might have provided, sort of a yin-yang thing.