Born in Iowa and raised between Iowa and Arizona, Rowley moved out on his own at age 15, working full time ever since. He joined the United States Air Force and was able to work for his undergraduate degree at the age of 19. He started law school at age 20 and continued his service in the Armed Forces as a medic for a total of 6 years. He always had a hard-work and take care of others first mindset and a passion for taking care of, standing up for, and fighting on behalf of those in need. Rowley had won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements by the young age of 32. By age 40, he won over $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families. This was the 6th time that Rowley, age 41, was one of the five finalists for the CAALA award. No one of his age has been a finalist this many times. He will be one of the youngest trial lawyers in history to be presented with the award and certainly is the youngest trial lawyer in history to have the success he has had in the courtroom. He was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in San Diego County in 2012 and was the youngest recipient of that award in history.