Richard A. Bowman who died this week was the “father figure” of automotive transport litigation, building the largest automotive product defect defense practice in the US.
He is also credited with shaping the product liability landscape for the automotive industry, his firm (Bowman and Brooke) said.
The Minnesota Lawyer noted that Bowman, who retired in 2012, had first-chaired nearly 100 emotionally charged cases in 37 different states as well as authoring many articles on product liability.
He was also a frequent speaker who testified before congressional subcommittees and the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding product-liability issues. He was recognized by The National Law Journal as a “Litigation Trailblazer” and was named a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since its inception.
His former partner, George Soule, said, “Dick was my partner, my mentor and my friend. Dick was one of the world’s finest trial lawyers, with nerves of steel. He taught me so much, as he did so many others. He was passionate in his support of each partner and employee at his firm. We will miss him tremendously.”