Judge Owen is an Iowa native, Army veteran, husband, and father. After active duty service in the United States Army, he earned a BS from ISU and JD from Drake. Prior to his appointment as a judge, he practiced extensively in criminal and civil law from offices in central Iowa. Judge Owen has also worked as an adjunct professor and lecturer. He holds memberships and volunteers for several community, youth, conservation, legal and charitable organizations. Judge Owen is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.