Jennifer Bukowsky has been an attorney since 2006 and founded the Bukowsky Law Firm in 2010. The firm handles criminal cases at every stage, collateral matters arising from criminal matters, and Constitutional law litigation.
Jennifer has handled over 1400 cases ranging in seriousness from speeding to first degree murder. Bukowsky has had many jury trials, one of which resulted in the only “not guilty” verdict on a Boone County murder case in the last 50 years. Jennifer and her growing team have handled criminal cases at nearly every stage from pre-arrest to habeas corpus to expungement in municipal, state, federal, and appellate courts. Jennifer received the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar in 2015. In 2017, Jennifer was a recipient of the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women’s Justice “Rising Star” award.
Jennifer was honored to be chosen as the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law’s “Distinguished Recent Graduate” in 2015. Jennifer graduated with the highest honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2006 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Jennifer was on the Missouri Law Review (two articles published), she won 1st place in the Mock Trial competition, “Top 10 Oralist” in the Moot Court competition, the Wallace Walter Prize for being #1 in the class after first year, and eight awards for achieving the highest grade in specific courses. She worked as a “summer associate” for Armstrong Teasdale in 2004 and 2005. She completed the “Child Protection” clinic, acting as a Rule 13 certified attorney representing the Missouri Department of Social Service’s Children’s Division in a termination of parental rights case. She also completed the “Legislative Practicum” during which she worked part time for Senator Jason Crowell in the Missouri Senate throughout the 2006 legislative session.
After law school, Bukowsky spent a year clerking for Hon. Mary R. Russell at the Missouri Supreme Court and assisted the Court with handling of applications for transfer, petitions for extraordinary writs, and with writing the opinions of the Court.
After clerking for the Missouri Supreme Court, Bukowsky worked for the Missouri State Public Defender in the Columbia trial office for over three years. During that time, she handled a very large caseload and obtained a lot of experience handling jury trials, plea bargaining, and handling contested hearings to suppress evidence, to defend against probation revocations, and more. Her caseload included several murder cases.
Jennifer is an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform and has testified numerous times before the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees of the Missouri Legislature. Jennifer strongly believes that Missouri’s failure to ensure that indigent persons receive an adequate defense threatens the liberty and safety of every man, woman and child in Missouri. Jennifer has been trying to communicate this message through various methods for years. As a result of these efforts Jennifer was honored to be chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Missouri State Public Defender System’s “Director’s Award.”
Jennifer serves the legal profession at the local, state, and national levels. Locally, Jennifer was President of the Boone County Bar Association (“BCBA”) from 2014-2015. She is told she is the youngest person ever elected BCBA President. She previously served as Vice President and Criminal Law Committee Chair of that organization. At the State level, Jennifer was appointed and serves as Council Member to the Missouri Bar’s Criminal Practice & Procedure Committee. She also is one of the five criminal defense attorneys to be appointed (along with five prosecutors) to the Drafting Subcommittee of the Criminal Law Committee, which was formed at the request of the Missouri Legislature to draft an expungement bill which passed in the spring of 2016. Jennifer served on the Missouri Bar’s Criminal Code Revision Subcommittee from approximately 2010-2013. On the national level, Jennifer is involved with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was appointed to serve on the “State Legislative Affairs” committee of that organization.
The highlight of Jennifer’s career to-date was on July 3, 2014, when she won the release of an innocent man who was only 14-years-old when he was arrested and spent more than 20 years wrongfully incarcerated prior to his release.
Jennifer has served on the Boards of Directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Missouri United Way. Jennifer has been a frequent talk-radio guest on “The Gary Nolan Show” on 93.9 the Eagle since 2012. Jennifer lives just south of Columbia, Missouri with her husband Brant, and their two sons.
Jennifer believes that no person should be judged solely by a single incident. Jennifer and her team take the time to gather the information about each individual client to be able to present a more complete picture of the clients as a person. Often this information has a positive impact on the disposition of the case.
If you have been accused of a crime, time is of the essence. The government may be developing further evidence to use against you right now. And evidence that could be used to your benefit may be disappearing. Contact Jennifer Bukowsky as soon as possible so that she and her team can start building your defense.
Missouri (since 2006)
United States Supreme Court (since 2012)
United States District Court, Western District of Missouri (since 2006)
2017- Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women’s Justice “Rising Star” Award
2015- Missouri Bar David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award
2015- University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Distinguished Recent Alumni Award
2015- Missouri State Public Defender Directors’ Award
2015- Boone County Bar Association award for outstanding service as President 2014-2015
2014- Columbia Business Times “20 Under 40” Award
2013- Missouri Bar YLS Pro Bono Publico Award
2006- Order of the Coif
2005- Wallace Walter Prize for being #1 in class after first year of law school
2004- 1L Moot Court “Top Ten Oralist”
2003-2006- eight awards for achieving the highest grade in various courses including Contracts, Property law, Family law, Administrative law, and State Constitutional Law
Jennifer Bukowsky, Note, The Girl Who Cried Wolf: Missouri’s New Approach to Evidence of Prior False Allegations, 70 Mo. L. Rev. 3, 813-835 (2005).
Jennifer Bukowsky, Calculating Lost Profit Damages: The Missouri Supreme Court “Semi-Fixed” the “Variable” Appellate Caselaw, 71 Mo. L. Rev. 1, 227-246, (2006).
Professional and Community Involvement
Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid Missouri
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Boone County Bar Association
Elwood L. Thomas Inns of Court, Associate 2007-2009
Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2011-2015
Heart of Missouri United Way, Board Member April 2011-April 2014