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John Bowens, Esq.
Partner, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy & O'Neill P.C.
Boston College (B.A. 1980)
University of San Diego (J.D. 1985)

Mr. Bowens is presently a Partner in the law firm of Purcell, Ries, Shannon, Mulcahy & O'Neill where he practices in both the corporate and litigation departments. His corporate duties include drafting and reviewing complex transactional documents as well as providing legal advice to clients on a wide variety of topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bowens served as a prosecutor with two of the premier prosecutorial arms of the United States Department of Justice. Initially, he served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He then transferred to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division. He was recognized by the Attorney General on two occasions for outstanding achievement as a prosecutor. He was also selected to serve on the faculty of the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.

In private practice, he has been responsible for complex litigation including product liability, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, fraudulent insurance claims, and commercial disputes. He has also represented governmental agencies at trial on a variety of matters, including wrongful death claims.

He presently serves as counsel to one of the State's largest airports, where his responsibilities include drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, assisting in tenant and governmental relations, real estate matters, and representing the airport litigation.

He has also had responsibility for representing clients in other States on matters, including development of a large airport complex in Pennsylvania.

He has been certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has completed the Civil Mediation course offered by the Institute fo Dispute Resolution at Seton Hall University Law School and has lectured on the subject of mediation. He is also a member of the Somerset County Mediation Panel and has represented clients in numerous mediations, particularly in the area of environmental insurance coverage. He is currently active in the American Inns of Court, and is a member of a variety of professional and civic associations.