Margaret A. Bowman Associate

Maggie is adept at overseeing each stage of complex product design-related litigation matters, drafting substantive motions, preparing witnesses, coordinating document review and production, and managing other trial preparation, including traveling internationally to coordinate depositions. She is particularly interested in medical device issues and recently contributed a chapter to the ABA-published book Infectious Disease Litigation: Science, Law and Procedure.

Maggie has developed a niche practice in Virginia alcoholic beverage law. She has represented wholesalers in multimillion dollar franchise disputes. She regularly negotiates complex supplier contracts on behalf of wholesalers. Maggie has successfully litigated before the ABC Authority on both sides of the ABC license application process, sometimes representing objectors to the issuance of ABC licenses and other times defending ABC license applicants from objections.

Passionate about community service, Maggie regularly represents pro bono clients in cases ranging from domestic violence protective orders to larger-scale civil rights litigation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Service Foundation, a non-profit established to support the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism.  Prior to law school, she served two years with the education-focused AmeriCorps program City Year in Providence, Rhode Island.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Maggie clerked for the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Honorable Beverly W. Snukals of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Virginia. At her law school graduation, Maggie was awarded the Nina R. Kestin Award, which the school presents to the graduating student selected by the faculty who has contributed most significantly to the school, community, and legal profession.

Experience

Member of trial team serving as national litigation counsel to a Japanese medical device company.  In this role, she has taken a major role in design-related litigation, including drafting and arguing motions, coordinating discovery, and managing depositions, including international travel.

Representation of Fortune 50 chemical company in dozens of workers compensation claims, including leading litigation strategy, discovery, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, and merits hearings. 

Representation of an American retailer of hardwood flooring in MDL litigation involving more than 140 class actions alleging excessive levels of formaldehyde in Chinese manufactured laminate flooring.

Representation of Fortune 150 retailer in multidistrict litigation involving over 20 nationwide and state class actions related to allegedly deceptive labeling on motor oil.  Moved for and achieved creation of MDL in Kansas City for the cases over the objection of Plaintiffs.  Drafted briefs on class certification, summary judgment, and Daubert motions.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, McNeill Law Honor Society, Senior Notes and Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2013
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BS, Business Management, magna cum laude, 2008

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Member, John Marshall American Inn of Court

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Environmental, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2022

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021, 2022

Recipient, Nina R. Kestin Service Award, awarded to the student, as selected by the faculty, who has contributed most significantly to the school, community, and legal profession, 2013

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