Freya K. Bowen

Partner | Insurance Trial Lawyer


Freya K. Bowen is a partner at Burns Bowen Bair LLP.  She represents policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers in connection with diverse types of policies, including directors’ and officers’ liability, general liability, professional liability, media liability, errors and omissions, cyber-risk, employee benefits liability, and fidelity bonds.  Freya has extensive litigation experience representing corporate clients, non-profit and governmental entities, and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts, before state administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations. Her recent representations include successfully recovering millions of dollars in coverage for the independent directors of a major investment bank for non-idemnifiable loss in connection with a shareholder derivative action, for a religious institution for monies paid to claimants in connection with historical sexual abuse claims brought under recently-enacted window-law legislation, and for various financial services companies for liabilities arising out of their investment management operations.

Before founding Burns Bowen Bair LLP, Freya has been a member of the insurance recovery and commercial litigation practices at two major law firms in Wisconsin and two in Los Angeles, and is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and California. She has written and spoken widely on topics in insurance law and commercial litigation.  Freya has served on the Board of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. 

Freya earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as the Senior Executive Editor on the California Law Review.  She also has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California Berkeley. After law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Sidney R. Thomas on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.