Jeff J. Bowen

Partner | Insurance Trial Lawyer



Jeff J. Bowen is a partner at Burns Bowen Bair LLP.  He has successfully pursued insurance money for policyholders under all types of policies for more than ten years.  He has wide experience with complex litigation, arbitrations, and negotiations, helping clients achieve their insurance recovery goals with thoughtfulness, creativity, and tenacity.

Jeff founded Burns Bowen Bair LLP along with the close-knit Madison insurance team that has recovered more than $1 billion for policyholders over the past decade.  Prior to Burns Bowen Bair, Jeff was a partner in the insurance recovery group at Perkins Coie. He has lectured and written widely on insurance and litigation issues and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Jeff works closely with plaintiffs’ lawyers pursuing insurance recovery from defendants, helping to settle underlying litigation through the use of insurance funds or through the assignment and pursuit of insurance recovery rights.  Jeff also represents large corporations in high stakes insurance disputes arising out of derivative and shareholder litigation, as well as non-profit groups, religious organizations, and individual investors in collecting on the insurance they purchased.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Jeff clerked on the Ninth Circuit for Judge Sidney R. Thomas and on the Eleventh Circuit for Judge Rosemary Barkett.  He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School

  • Coverage Litigation
  • Domestic and International Insurance Arbitration
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Trustee Litigation
  • Insurance Class Actions
  • Early Resolution of Insurance-Driven Liability Claims
  • Counseling and Teaming with Plaintiffs’ Lawyers on Insurance Matters
  • Represented major automobile manufacturer in insurance issues relating to two class action lawsuits and related governmental investigations.  Obtained favorable settlement with first three insurance layers and conducted London arbitration with principal carrier in fourth layer.  Decision pending.
  • Represented manufacturer in bankruptcy (and, later, post-bankruptcy confirmation trustee) in adversary action against insurer following explosion at client property with significant damage to surrounding property and individuals.  Obtained favorable settlement following dispositive motion argument.
  • Represented Catholic diocese with respect to insurance coverage for claims of historical sexual abuse in state court litigation and associated mediations. Following depositions and partial summary judgment motions, obtained favorable settlement on eve of trial.  Later represented additional claimants assigned insurance rights by same diocese in confidential mediation, obtaining favorable settlement in confidential mediation.
  • Represented sports team in confidential arbitration with League regarding dispute over royalty payments owed from allegedly related businesses.  Decision pending.
  • Represented law firm in dispute with various professional liability insurers over coverage for claims filed by underlying defendant alleging defamation, RICO, and other claims against law firm. Obtained favorable settlement with several insurers.
  • Represented Alaskan native corporation in federal litigation with D&O insurer over coverage for qui tam action and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented mutual fund company in series of mediations and arbitrations with D&O insurance tower arising out of two class action lawsuits relating to investment and accounting practices.  Obtained favorable settlements at each layer impacted by settlement with claimants.
  • Represented health care system in dispute with insurance tower following lawsuits challenging collection practices of contract partner.  Obtained favorable insurance settlement.
  • Represented renewable energy company in dispute with insurer over claims filed by rival energy company. Obtained favorable settlement with primary insurer.
  • Represented mutual fund company in confidential arbitration with D&O insurance tower over class action lawsuits concerning investment strategies following financial crisis of 2008-10.  Obtained favorable settlement from principal insurers.
  • Represented major clothing manufacturer in insurance dispute over shareholder lawsuit  following go-private transaction.  Obtained favorable settlements following negotiations, mediations, and confidential arbitrations.
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2002
  • B.A.- History; B.F.A. – Theatre Studies, Boston University, 1991
  • Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Insurance Committee co-chair, 2018-present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Wisconsin Circuit Rider committee chair, 2015-present
  • Memberships in ABA, TIPS, state bars
  • Perkins Coie pro bono committee, 2014-2020
  • State Bar of California, 2005-present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 2009-present
  • Mutual Fund Litigation Guide and Insurance Practice Guide (Lexis, various editions)
  • Various publications involving insurance, jurisdiction, and other legal issues in Seventh Circuit Bar Association journal
  • Partisan Politics and Executive Accountability: Argentina in Comparative Perspective, Supreme Court Economic Review
  • Adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin Madison Law School, 2010 to present.  Teaches seminar on Introduction to American Legal System for LLM students every semester
  • Various CLEs on insurance issues for national CLE providers, law firm clients
  • ACLU Southern California pro bono award for work with immigrants
  • Law school: Coker fellow, Yale Law Journal editor