Ryan A. Bowman

Public Finance


  • (501) 370-1597
  • rbowman@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5397


Ryan A. Bowman has practiced exclusively in the area of public finance since 2000. His practice encompasses bond offerings issued by or on behalf of the various public instrumentalities in Arkansas.

Ryan’s work is focused on the financing of public and nonprofit projects throughout Arkansas, including bonds sold by underwriters, bonds placed with local banks and governmental agencies, such as the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, bonds sold at public sale, bonds rated by national rating agencies and bonds that were insured.

The bond issues have been structured as new money issues, refunding (advance and current) issues, and a combination of new money and refunding. He has performed the role of bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee’s counsel in these transactions.

Ryan is recognized by being listed by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in public finance law. He is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for municipal bonds. According to the publication, a client stated this about Ryan:

 "He is excellent, pays very good attention to details and always meets his deadlines."


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Key Matters

  • $28,755,000 City of Bryant, Arkansas Sales and Use Tax Bonds, Refunding and Improvement Taxable Series 2016A and Improvement Series 2016B
  • $30,860,000 State of Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities General Obligation Bonds, Refunding Series 2016A
  • $21,910,000 Crawford County, Arkansas Sales and Use Tax Bonds, Series 2014
  • $206,530,000 State of Arkansas Federal Highway Grant Anticipation and Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2014
  • $33,000,000 Board of Trustees of Henderson State University Auxiliary Enterprise Revenue Secured Bonds, Series 2014
  • $28,895,000 Board of Trustees of Arkansas State University Housing System Revenue Refunding Bonds (Jonesboro Campus), Series 2013
  • $468,895,000 State of Arkansas General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds, Series 2013


  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000; Arkansas Law Review, Executive Editor, 1999 – 2000
  • Harding University, B.S., Public Administration, summa cum laude, 1997


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law
  • Publication: Grayson v. Bank of Little Rock: The Battle Between an Attorney's Lien and a Security Interest, 52 Ark. L. Rev. 827 (1999)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Bonds

Associations & Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers


  • Arkansas, 2000

Additional Links

2018 Best Lawyers 

2017 Chambers USA