Michael A. Bowen: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael A. Bowen

Milwaukee,  WI  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Trade Secret Noncompete Litigation
  • Distribution & Franchise
University Rockhurst College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1973
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976 Member, Harvard Law Review, 1975-76
Admitted1976, Wisconsin; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits

Michael Bowen is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration at both the trial and appellate levels. Counseling clients in franchise, dealer and distributor relationships, and representing them when disputes develop in those areas, play important roles in his work. Other key practice areas include original appellate work and dealing with government-imposed economic regulations. He is a member of the firm's Distribution & Franchise Practice.


Mr. Bowen has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America © as well as the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for his work in litigation: general commercial. He has also been selected for inclusion in the 2005 through 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists.


Mr. Bowen received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Rockhurst College in 1973 and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review (1975-76), and author of "Note: Discovery in Patent Interferences" for the Review. Mr. Bowen also is an accomplished novelist, having published 16 such works since 1987.

Thought Leadership

He is co-author of The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law (Wisconsin State Bar, Third Edition 2003).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Bowen is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Bars of numerous federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits.


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California About to Make Franchise Terminations Harder
Michael A. Bowen,Roberta F. Howell, September 1, 2014
A bill on the verge of becoming law in California will sharply narrow the grounds for termination of franchises in that state, and may require re-examination of the terms of franchise agreements. Existing California law bars termination of franchises prior to expiration of their terms “except...

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Michael A. Bowen

777 East Wisconsin Avenue
MilwaukeeWI 53202-5306


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