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H. Michael Bowers

Partner
176 Croghan Spur Road
Suite 301
P.O. Box 22207 (29413)
Charleston, SC 29407
Direct843.996.1910
Fax843.996.1997
mbowers@slk-law.com

Assistant

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

Mike Bowers has been a litigator specializing in complex legal issues for over forty-two years.  Mike focuses on defending complex cases in the areas of products liability, toxic tort, construction defects and insurance law.  Before entering private practice, Mike was Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina in the Litigation Section.

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.  He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and Product Liability Advisory Counsel.

Mike has conducted numerous mediations state-wide during his twenty years of mediation practice, focusing on the mediation of State Court, Federal Court, pre-lawsuit, complex and multi-party disputes involving a wide range of issues.  Mike also offers arbitration and other neutral services.  Mike’s legal and technical experience has made him a logical choice when parties are searching for an experienced and knowledgeable neutral to help resolve their disputes, whether through mediation or arbitration.

Mike is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator (2000), Certified Circuit Court Arbitrator (1998), and an Approved Federal Court Mediator.

Representative Matters

  • 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)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • South Carolina State Representative (2007-2010)
    • Products Liability Committee
    • Trial Tactics Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Products Liability Committee
    • Toxic Tort Committee
    • Drug, Devise and Bio Tech Committee
  • Products Liability Advisory Counsel
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • American 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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