After completing a Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University in Townsville in 2002, Rowena did her initial legal training at the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) in Townsville before finalising her Post Graduate Diploma through the Australian National Univeristy in Canberra in 2004 and becoming a qualified solicitor firstly in the Australian Capital Territory and then in Queensland. Rowena continues to hold admissions in both the ACT and Queensland and is also listed on the High Court Registry of practitioners allowing her to appear in all Courts in Queensland as well as Federally based ones.
Soon after her admission Rowena relocated to the Sunshine Coast to start a role at a prominent local firm in Nambour, where she worked in general litigation for a number of years before moving to Brisbane.
While living and working in Brisbane, Rowena practised predominantly in personal injury litigation and was part of the WorkCover Amendments Stakholders Committee into the early reforms of the WorkCover scheme in 2011/2012. During her time in Brisbane, Rowena worked in a number of larger firms until returning to the Sunshine Coast in 2014, returning to her prior firm and role in Nambour working once again in general litigation.
In 2017, Rowena decided that she could best serve her community by opening her own boutique legal practice in Caloundra focussing on criminal defence, domestic violence, family law matters and personal injuries litigation.
Since opening the practice Rowena has continued to be a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Sunshine Coast Law Association and has been a volunteer at the Sunshine Coast Community Legal Centre as well as supporting such charities as the Rural Fire Brigade, Share the Dignity and the Wishlist Foundation.
In her spare time Rowena enjoys the outdoors, camping, fishing, walking her dogs, playing tennis and socialising with friends.