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(Submitted image: Bowman and Burke)
(Submitted image: Bowman and Burke)

Trial lawyer Richard Bowman dies at 75

Richard A. Bowman, trial lawyer and founding partner of the national law firm Bowman and Brooke, died Sept. 7 at age 75.

Dubbed the “father figure of automotive transport litigation,” Bowman built the nation’s largest automotive product-liability defense practice and shaped the product liability landscape for the entire industry, his office said in a notice about his passing.

Bowman, who retired in 2012, had first-chaired nearly 100 emotionally charged cases in 37 different states, Bowman authored many articles on product liability and was 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.”

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