Nicholas D. Bowers
Areas of Practice
Nick Bowers is a shareholder in the firm’s Casualty Department, where he defends both insured and self-insured entities in cases involving catastrophic injury. He has broad experience in handling construction accident cases as well as products liability, dram shop, auto and premises liability matters. Nick has also represented industrial clients specializing in food processing, among other industries, in relation to catastrophic injury claims, both pre-suit and during litigation, as well as pursuant to OSHA investigations and related proceedings.
Nick has significant first chair trial experience. During the course of his career, he has handled cases in both Federal and State Courts, obtaining favorable outcomes for clients at trial, arbitration and by way of summary judgment. Nick's practice in recent years has trended towards the defense of property owners and contractors in the context of often complex construction litigation.
Nick also has experience in the area of insurance fraud (“SIU”) litigation. In this role, Nick handles a wide variety of auto litigation (including UM/UIM) as well as premises liability matters flagged for suspected fraudulent activity.
Nick graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2005. While at Loyola, he was a four-year starter on the men's tennis team (NCAA Div. I), serving as captain during his senior year. After Loyola, he was employed on Capitol Hill at the United States House Committee on Ways and Means before enrolling at Temple University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2009.
Secured dismissal with prejudice of clients (bar owners) in high value dram shop case involving the unfortunate death of an automobile occupant. Court granted defense motion and found that Plaintiff’s claims were barred as a matter of law.
First chair trial counsel in two-week trial at Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in case involving a catastrophically injured Plaintiff and settlement demand of $25 million. The case and trial involved complex issues pertaining to post-Tincher product liability in Pennsylvania as well as successor liability and statutory employer considerations. Resolved on terms favorable to client prior to verdict.
Secured dismissal with prejudice in significant property loss/theft case. Plaintiff alleged that his landlord stole several artifacts and other materials from him while Plaintiff was out of the country. Plaintiff testified that he filed for bankruptcy and obtained a discharge after the alleged theft. Plaintiff did not list his claim against my client on his bankruptcy petition and thus Plaintiff forfeited his post-discharge right to this “asset” (claim) per the United State Bankruptcy Code. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed case with prejudice when confronted with bankruptcy evidence and legal argument.
Secured summary judgment in favor of large oil refinery based on argument that refinery was the owner out of possession and thus had no control over the premises and therefore had no duty of care with respect to the Plaintiff.
Obtained defense verdict in Philadelphia premises liability matter. Plaintiff alleged she slipped and fell on “dirty water” which accumulated in the lobby of Defendant’s premises. Defense verdict secured based on Plaintiff’s failure to establish that Defendant had actual or constructive notice of alleged dangerous condition.
Accident Prevention and Investigation: Strategies for Risk Mitigation, Client Presentation, April 2017
Pennsylvania First-Party Benefits: An Overview. Client seminar. Presented August, 2015.
SIU and the Third-Party Liability Case: An Overview and Tactics. CLE Course. Presented July, 2015.
"Bankruptcy Fraud—Tactics for the Effective Use of a Plaintiff’s Bankruptcy Filing in Defending Civil Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013
"Acupuncture Billing Has PIP Carriers on Pins and Needles," SIU Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2013
"Winning Legal Strategies for Combating A Prickly Problem 'Sticking' New Jersey Carriers," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
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