Attorney at Law
A Career Dedicated to Serving Others
Mr. Bowen was a shareholder, managing partner, and head of the litigation department with the firm of Lionel, Sawyer & Collins, which until recently was the largest firm in Nevada with some 90 plus lawyers with offices in Las Vegas and Reno. Mr. Bowen practiced commercial litigation with the firm since joining the firm in 1975. In 2005 Mr. Bowen left Lionel, Sawyer & Collins to form the law firm of Bowen, Hall, Ohlson & Osborne, which firm eventually became know as Bowen Hall. Upon Ms. Hall going in-house with a major hotel/casino, in 2017, Mr. Bowen founded Bowen Law.
Over the years Mr. Bowen has been responsible for the supervision and trial of hundreds of major commercial cases, securities cases, major environmental cases, fraud cases, breach of contract cases, attorney malpractice cases, and employment cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Bowen has conducted numerous jury trials including two attorney malpractice cases for plaintiffs where he received judgments in excess of $1,500,000 each. He also successfully defended a major regional law firm in an attorney malpractice case where the plaintiffs wanted in excess of $3,000,000. In the end, the case settled very favorably for the regional law firm.
Mr. Bowen has represented clients in litigation such as General Motors, Hilton Hotels, Park Place, Caesars, Southern Pacific Transportation, Du Pont, Lewis Roca Rothlessberger, Florida Power and Light, Ormat, Terra-Gen Power, Sierra Pacific Power, GMAC Commercial Mortgage, and many other leading corporations and individuals.
Mr. Bowen has been responsible for numerous appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court Appeals where he has appeared and orally argued many times. Mr. Bowen is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court where he has filed an amicus curiae brief in a First Amendment free speech case.
As a member of the Northern Nevada Disciplinary Panel, Mr. Bowen participated in and chaired numerous disciplinary hearings. As Chair, he was called upon to make evidentiary and procedural rulings. Mr. Bowen has conducted in excess of 50 mediations, both public and private, as the mediator as well as having participated in scores of mediations as a litigator. Mr. Bowen was recently appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as an Eviction Mediator. Mr. Bowen has conducted numerous arbitrations as the arbitrator for both the Second Judicial District Court of Washoe County and the First Judicial District Court in Carson City. Mr. Bowen was recently retained by two private attorneys to arbitrate a contract and fraud dispute between their respective clients. The contract required arbitration and the parties stipulated to Mr. Bowen as the arbitrator and the District Court so ordered.
Mr. Bowen was retained as an expert witness in an attorney malpractice case by the law firm of Lewis Brisbois, out of Las Vegas, which represented the defendant in a legal malpractice case in Reno. Mr. Bowen rendered an extensive in-depth written opinion in favor of the defendant and the case settled favorably.
Mr. Bowen has also been previously retained as an expert in a case involving a dispute as to the reasonableness of attorney’s fees charged. Mr. Bowen concluded that the fees were reasonable and the case settled.
State Bar of California (1975)
State Bar of Nevada (1976)
B.A. - California State University, Fullerton (1971)
J.D. - University of San Francisco School of Law (1975)
American Arbitration Association 40 Hour Mediation Training Course (10/2016)
NDRC Mediator Training (02/2018)
Nevada Mediator Training (10/2017)
Goldstein v. California: A New Outlook for the Misappropriation Doctrine, University of San Francisco Law School, Law Review, Volume VIII, Number 1, (Fall 1973)
Nevada Chapter, Product Liability 50 State Handbook 1994-95 Edition, West Publishing Company (1994)
Honors & Positions
Best Lawyers in America (1995-Present); Chosen by Best Lawyers in America as number one in Northern Nevada in “Bet the Company Litigation”; also chosen by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation practice areas
Outstanding Lawyers of America (2003-Present)
Appointed by Nevada Supreme Court to Nevada Commission on Preservation, Access, and Sealing of Court Records (2007 – 2008)
Northern Nevada State Bar Disciplinary Panel (1995 – 2000)
Member - Advisory Board, Northern Nevada Make-A-Wish Foundation (1997 – 1998)
Listed by Euromoney Publication, PCL, “Guide to the World’s Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers" (1997)
Member - Board of Editors, Law Review, University of San Francisco School of Law,
United States Army (1966 – 1968)
Vietnam Service Ribbon (1967)