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Samuel T. Bowman

Pro Bono Shareholder

Samuel T. Bowman is Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Shareholder, managing pro bono legal projects across the Firm's 21 offices located in ten states and Washington, D.C.

Featured Experience

Represented aggregate producers and sub-specialty vendors in a vast array of matters, including lease negotiations and disputes, contract drafting and defending, employment issues, tax analyses, personal injury and property damage claims, regulatory, public policy and relations and others.

Represented aggregate producers and contractors in federal and state government construction projects, negotiations and litigation.

Represented commercial landowners in a multimillion-dollar accounting and dissolution action.

Professional Biography

Overview

As Pro Bono Shareholder for Baker Donelson, Mr. Bowman is responsible for overseeing the continued development, growth, and administration of pro bono programs across the Firm's 21 offices located in ten states and Washington, D.C. He has served for more than ten years as chair of the Nashville office's Pro Bono Committee, where he coordinated local pro bono matters for attorneys in the office, assisted local legal aid organizations, and handled individual pro bono cases. Mr. Bowman maintains a significant practice providing legal services pro bono, which includes assisting entities with obtaining nonprofit status and providing pro bono services to several local churches.

Prior to his appointment as Pro Bono Shareholder, Mr. Bowman served as lead counsel for numerous jury and bench trials, taken to conclusion a wide variety of cases involving commercial business issues, personal injury, domestic actions, construction matters, quarry owners and aggregate producers as well as white collar criminal defense, health care defense, environmental/blasting defense, and others. Mr. Bowman is asked regularly to step in for cases heading to trial.

Before joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Bowman was a Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Given his law enforcement background, Mr. Bowman handles internal investigation matters for a variety of industries. Mr. Bowman also provides in-house seminars as well as outside speaking engagements on pro bono, litigation, investigations and law enforcement.

Representative Matters
  • Pro Bono, Commercial, Domestic, Construction, Aggregate, and Civil Litigation

  • Represented persons of limited means and managed cases in numerous matters to facilitate better access to justice.

  • Maintained numerous clients in their divorce actions and regularly negotiates resolutions in these cases without a trial.

  • Represented aggregate producers and sub-specialty vendors in a vast array of matters, including lease negotiations and disputes, contract drafting and defending, employment issues, tax analyses, personal injury and property damage claims, regulatory, public policy and relations and others.

  • Represented aggregate producers and contractors in federal and state government construction projects, negotiations and litigation.

  • Represented commercial landowners in a multimillion-dollar accounting and dissolution action.

  • Successfully defended a quarry operator against a $75 million action involving state blasting guidelines in which personal injury and property damage were alleged.
  • Obtained full victory for property owner in a dispute involving tortious interference and trespass to land where the adjacent owner had erected an encroaching structure. Verdict included the destruction of the encroaching structure.
  • Secured the dismissal of $50 million tort and punitive damages claims for malicious prosecution brought by a former network provider against a health insurer, resolving an issue of first impression under a Tennessee statute. Following remand, represented the insurer in a 12-day jury trial on the remaining breach of contract claim, resulting in a jury verdict of zero.

  • Successfully defended a multimillion dollar claim of personal injury arising from an on the job accident from which the plaintiff claimed to be 100 percent disabled and unemployable.
  • Won a full defense judgment in a multimillion-dollar trial in federal court involving personal injury arising from the construction, installation, and maintenance of a hotel's facilities.

  • Obtained full judgment for a contractor in a breach of contract action involving construction at regional locations of a grocery store chain.
  • Awarded damages for an engineering firm for the non-payment of fees under an environmental implementation contract.
  • White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations

  • Defended a university researcher in a federal grant fraud prosecution alleging the filing of false federal claims.

  • Represented defendants in state and federal criminal trials and sentencing.

  • Obtained a complete judgment for an architectural and engineering firm involving the breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations for clients nationwide facing government review.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
  • Member – Nashville Bar Foundation 
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee
  • Member –  Association of Pro Bono Counsel
  • Former Chair – Baker Donelson Nashville Pro Bono Committee
  • Former Chair – Nashville Bar Association, Construction Committee
  • Member – Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Legal Advisory Board
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations
  • Member – Phi Delta Phi
  • Member – DRI
  • Recipient – William M. Leech Scholarship
  • Recipient – American Jurisprudence Award
  • Former Chair – Angel Heart Farms Board of Directors
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars, 2008
Publications
  • Co-author – "White Collar E-Discovery in the Criminal Context," Law360 (June 2011)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Defending the 'Blasting Case'," Middle Tennessee Branch of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (January 2011)

Awards

Education

  • University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 2000, magna cum laude 
  • Belmont University, B.S., 1991, cum laude

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2000
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2001
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003

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