Bowles, George E.

George E. Bowles

Of Counsel



George Bowles has been trying cases for over 30 years and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and Fortune 100 corporations, during his career in the courtroom.

George concentrates his practice in complex business-related litigation including securities, intellectual property, construction, lender liability, real estate, banking, fraud, eminent domain, tortious interference with business relations, fiduciary liability, patent infringement and breach of contract.  

Prior to joining the firm, George was a Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas. George has been Board Certified by the State Bar of Texas in Civil Trial Law since 1982 and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serving on the Complex Litigation Committee of the College, and a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Additionally, he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as the 2012 President for the Dallas Chapter and on the National Board of Directors. Since 2003, George has been named in Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas Super Lawyer in business litigation. Also, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bet the Company, Business, Construction and Intellectual Property Litigation and in listings of Texas' Best Lawyers published in regional editions of The Wall Street Journal and in major Texas newspapers such as The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle. In 2013, George was honored as a Trial Legend by the Dallas Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Sections. In addition to representing clients in numerous business dispute arbitrations, George has served on the Large Case Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association since 1996. George is a Master of the Court of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court and a frequent speaker at bar association meetings on a variety of issues relating to litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Defended major Wall Street investment banking firm in a securities fraud class action suit arising out of the sale of over $300 million of real estate limited partnerships
  • Defended Fortune 100 company in fraud and breach of contract cases
  • Defended Texas County Mutual Insurance Company in class actions totaling over $50 million in controversy, arising out of the sale of collateral protection and automobile insurance involving over $100 million in premiums
  • Defended privately held, international cosmetics company in patent infringement case in District of Delaware
  • Prosecuted patent rights of publicly held syringe manufacturing company in Eastern District of Texas
  • Prosecuted rights of Air Force pilot shot down over Bosnia against major motion picture studio and television conglomerate in a First Amendment & False Advertising dispute arising out of the movie "Behind Enemy Lines"
  • Defended the screenwriters of the movie "The Sixth Day" in a copyright infringement case
  • Prosecuted rights of international construction company in tortious interference and breach of contract claims against major oil company and the Harris County Toll Road Authority
  • Prosecuted rights of small medical device firm against a major pharmaceutical company for fraud and breach of contract and achieved a settlement during trial of in excess of $18 million for the client
  • Prosecuted rights of publicly held company against architect, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer and construction company for defective foundation of corporate headquarters
  • Defended national insurance holding company and subsidiary in a wrongful discharge claim by former high-level executive
  • Prosecuted rights of electric utility in a $500 million coal hauling rate case against railroad company
  • Prosecuted rights of international construction company against rapid transit authority for $10 million in delays and cost overruns for construction of light rail system
  • Participated in numerous arbitrations representing litigants and acting as a neutral arbitrator

Professional History

  • Partner in the law firm of Locke Lord LLP, 1981-2017; Of Counsel, 2017-Present
  • Briefing Attorney, Supreme Court of Texas, 1974-1975
  • Lt. J.G., United States Navy, 1969-1976 (Active duty, 1969-1971)

Reported Decisions

  • Vandervoort v. Vandervoort, 529 F.2d 424 (5th Cir. 1976)
  • Texas Turnpike Authority v. City of Fort Worth, 554 S.W.2d 675 (Tex. 1977)
  • Nawas v. Holmes, 541 S.W.2d 283 (Tex. Civ. App. - Waco 1978, writ ref'd n.r.e.)
  • Equitable Life Assurance Society v. Stewart, 575 S.W.2d 64 Tex. Civ. App. - Texarkana 1978, writ ref'd n.r.e.)
  • Zimmerman v. National Home Life Insurance Company, Case No. 7990, 9th District Court of Appeals (1978)
  • Lewis v. Scovill Manufacturing Company, Case No. 5359, 11th District Court of Appeals (1980)
  • Miro v. Allied Finance Company, Case No. 81-2033, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (1982)
  • Miro v. Allied Finance Company, 568 S.W.2d 910 (5th Tex. Civ. App. - Houston [14th] 1978, no writ)
  • Miro v. Allied Finance Company, 650 S.W.2d 938 (5th Tex. Civ. App. - Houston [14th] 1983, no writ)
  • Shintech Inc. v. Group Constructors Inc., 688 S.W.2d 144 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th] 1985, no writ)
  • Oasis Petroleum Corporation v. U.S. Department of Energy, 718 F.2d 1558 (5th Cir. 1985)
  • Allodial Limited Partnership v. North Texas Tollway Authority, 176 S.W.3d 680 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2005, pet. denied)
  • Retractable Technologies, Incorporated v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Case No. 07-40277, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (2008)

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Complex Litigation Committee
    • Moot Court Competition Committee
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates;
    • President of the Dallas Chapter, 2012
    • National Board of Directors
    • Executive Board, Dallas Chapter
  • Master, Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association: Section of Litigation (Program Director for the Business Torts Committee – Fall 1988 Section of Litigation Meeting)
  • Dallas, Texas and American Bar Foundations
    • Fellow
    • Chairman, Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows, 2001
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Chairman, Construction Law Section (2016-2017)
    • Council Member, Construction Law Section (2001-2003)
    • Member, Section of Litigation
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Member
    • Chairman (1998 Bench/Bar Conference)
    • Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2000)
    • Chairman, Courthouse Committee (2003)
    • Chairman, Judicial Investiture Committee (2006)
    • Chairman, Media Relations Committee (2007)
  • Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association (1996-Present)
  • Named, 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Construction (Dallas) by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America for Bet The Company, Commercial, Business, Intellectual Property and Construction Litigation
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly magazine since 2003
  • Listed in Texas' Best Lawyers, published in regional editions of The Wall Street Journal and in major Texas newspapers such as The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle
  • Named, Trial Legend by Dallas Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Section (2013)

Board Certifications

  • Civil Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1982