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Michael J. Bowe

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

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Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Investigations and White Collar Defense; Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Product Liability Litigation; Plaintiffs' Litigation; Real Estate and Hotel Litigation; Securities Litigation


In over two decades of practice at Sullivan & Cromwell and Kasowitz, Michael J. Bowe has successfully litigated virtually every type of high-stakes business and personal case, on both the plaintiff and defense side, and at both the trial and appellate level. He has also navigated to safety many companies and high net worth individuals facing serious law enforcement and regulatory jeopardy. And he has provided sage crisis management advice during these periods of substantial duress. He is the consummate "on your feet" courtroom lawyer, turning complex disputes into simple, compelling stories, and a game-changing strategic thinker who has employed novel solutions to problems other lawyers advised could not be effectively addressed. The press has described Michael as an atypical Wall Street lawyer who is blue-collar, "not white-shoe," and "positively exudes an air of self-assurance." Most important, Michael is a ferocious fighter for his clients. As one former adversary who became a client explained, "he cares as much about winning your case as you do, and sometimes it seems more."

Because of his broad experience, Michael is invited frequently to speak on CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and other media networks as well as in the press, and his work has been the subject of academic courses, books, magazine stories, and a Frontline documentary. Michael is a member of Fordham University’s President’s Council, a trustee in his parish of St. Joseph’s in Bronxville, N.Y., the Chairman of the Board of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in the Bronx, and active in various charities, including the InnerCity Scholarship Fund and the FDNY Marine Corps Association.


New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


New York Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991); Fordham University (B.A., 1988)

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP 'is able to staff cases with top-tier specialists in various disciplines'; the firm maintains a focus on high-stakes litigation, covering everything from breach of contract to defamation to trade secrets disputes. It is particularly strong in the financial services, private equity and real estate sectors, though its clients operate in myriad industries beyond these. In the Eastern District of California, 'gifted strategist' Mark Ressler represented Copart as plaintiff in litigation arising out of a botched software project; after a four-week jury trial, the client was awarded $20m in damages for negligence. Tad O’Connor has 'a strong strategic overview of his cases' and 'very significant trial experience, including in the UK and continental Europe'. In a cross-border case, he worked alongside UK counsel to successfully defend private equity firm TPG at the London High Court in a long-running dispute relating to a previous investment in a Greek company. San Francisco-based Jason Takenouchi is highly recommended. Other key figures in the team include Marc Kasowitz, Michael Bowe and Christine Montenegro. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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