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H. Michael Bowers

Partner
176 Croghan Spur Road
Suite 400
P.O. Box 22207 (29413)
Charleston, SC 29407
Direct843.996.1910
Fax843.996.1999
mbowers@slk-law.com

Assistant

Wendy Price
Direct843.996.1917
wprice@slk-law.com

Clients turn to Mike for his exceptional representation both inside and outside the courtroom. Practicing law for more than 43 years, he also has more than 20 years of mediation experience serving clients outside the courtroom, achieving successful results through arbitrations, mediations, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. As a certified circuit court mediator (2000), certified circuit court arbitrator (1998), and an approved federal court mediator, Mike has conducted numerous mediations state-wide focusing on the mediation of state court, federal court, pre-lawsuit, complex, and multi-party disputes, involving a wide range of issues. Mike’s legal and technical experience has made him a logical choice for parties searching for an experienced and knowledgeable neutral to help resolve their disputes, whether through mediation or arbitration.

On the litigation side of Mike’s practice, he represents a broad range of industries and focuses on defending complex cases in the areas of products liability, toxic tort, construction defects, and insurance law. 

A resident of Charleston, South Carolina, Mike is the former South Carolina State Representative for Defense Research Institute and former President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. Before entering private practice, Mike was Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina in the Litigation Section. Currently, he is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and Product Liability Advisory Counsel.

In addition to his busy practice, Mike loves to play golf and he has a particular interest in the architecture of golf courses. He is also the former president of the Country Club of Charleston.

Representative Matters

  • Currently representing a subcontractor in a construction defect case for construction defect and amalgamation claims in which plaintiffs’ allege total damages of $60 million.
  • Jointly defending engineer against a general contractor in $20 million claim for extra payments under the contract for delays/defective designs for local auditorium.
  • Representing major insurance carrier in multiple declaratory judgment actions involving coverage issues in underlying construction defect claims.
  • Recently, concluded products liability case defending major plumbing manufacturer for defective plumbing products.
  • Recently, settled construction defect claim against subcontractor with multiple contracts for repair on oceanfront condominium project where damages alleged to be $6 million.
  • Huggins v. Citibank, et al., 585 S.E.2d 275 (S.C. 2003)
  • Robertson, et al. v. First National Bank, et al., 565 S.E.2d 309 (S.C. App. 2002)
  • Jenkins v. Montgomery Industries, 77 F.3d 740 (4th Cir. 1996)
  • Umphlett Lumber Co. v. Trident Systems, Inc. & Sierra Pacific Industries, 878 F. Supp 844 (1995)
  • Lybrand v. Merrill Lynch, 467 S.E.2d 745 (S.C. App. 1996)
  • Glass and Shelnutt v. Dow Chemical Company and Anatek, Inc., 447 S.E.2d 209 (1994)
  • Coffey v. Chemical Specialties, Inc., 4 F.3d 984 (4th Cir. 1993)
  • Ricks v. Weinraugh, 360 S.E.2d 535 (1987)

Honors

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2014 – 2019), Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2018 - 2019)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, Business Litigation (2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2018)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition, Business Litigation (2011, 2013 - 2017)
  • Charleston Business Magazine, Legal Elite of the Lowcountry, Construction (2017)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association
    • President (2000-2001)
    • President-Elect (1999-2000)
    • Treasurer (1998-1999)
    • Judiciary Committee Chair (1997)
    • Executive Committee (1992-1997)
    • CLE Seminar Program Chair (1996)
    • Annual Program Seminar Chair (1995)
    • Joint Meeting Committee (1994)
    • Annual Program Seminar Chair (1993)
    • Conventions Committee (1992)
  • Products Liability Advisory Counsel
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (1988-1994)
    • Judicial Modernization Committee (1979-1987)
    • Resolution of Fee Disputes Board (1983-1984)
    • House of Delegates (1979-1984)

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Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., Political Science, University of South Carolina, 1971

Bar and Court Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1975
  • United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 1976
  • United States District Court District of South Carolina, 1975

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