Scott W. Bowen

Scott Bowen is an attorney with experience in business and regulatory counseling, dispute resolution and litigation. 

He has practiced law in Washington, DC with Covington & Burling and Beveridge & Diamond, and in Southern California with Folger Levin & Kahn and in his own practice.

He has served as general counsel for The Deutsch Company, and as general counsel for Cambridge Plan International. 

He was Group Executive of American Ecology Corporation, where he was instrumental in recapitalizing the company and restructuring its hazardous waste business.  As President of US Ecology Environmental, he focused on key market segments in the company's core business, obtained revenue growth and positive net income each quarter, strengthened the company's ability to compete, and positioned the company for future growth and profitability by obtaining new operating permits and new hazardous waste landfill capacity representing $200 million in future revenues.



Specific Matters.

General Counsel.

Representing companies regarding strategy and objectives, contracts, supplier and distributor relationships, facility operations, regulatory and compliance issues, employment matters, intellectual property, future liabilities, insurance coverage, and commercial real estate.

Representing companies in resolving numerous business disputes without litigation to meet their business objectives, by focusing on specific alternatives and assessing potential benefits, risks and costs of litigation.

Representing companies in formulating, implementing and managing legal strategies for lawsuits involving commercial, contract, environmental, employment, regulatory, intellectual property, property damage, personal injury and other business issues.

Representing a company marketing and distributing a food product in managing and implementing legal strategies for over 40 lawsuits involving patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and other issues.

Business Disputes.

Representing a manufacturing company in avoiding $1 million in legal fees and the risk of an adverse injunction in a patent infringement suit involving a key product line.  Resolved the litigation by making minor changes in product design.

Representing an accounts receivable management company in defending against a $6.4 million claim.  Resolved the claim before litigation for substantially less than 5% of the amount claimed.

Representing a bankruptcy trustee in developing and implementing a strategy to reduce a $6.6 million sales tax claim from selling $135 million of communications equipment.  Settled the case before trial for 25% of the amount claimed.

Representing a company downsizing its operations in minimizing $8.3 million in claimed damages from terminated commercial contracts and real estate, computer hardware and aircraft leases.  Resolved the matters with total savings of $4.9 million.

Environmental Matters.

Defending a California manufacturer against claims of $13 million in costs and damages from residential development of former industrial property.  Developed indisputable evidence of substantial contamination by the plaintiff, and settled the action for a nominal amount less than 0.2% of the amount claimed.

Representing a waste hauling company and its former President, in an action by a landfill owner/operator to recover over $40 million in remediation and closure costs from 40 defendants.  Settled the case in mediation with the entire amount covered by insurance.

Representing a manufacturing company in obtaining reimbursement of $990,000 from a state environmental clean-up fund.

Representing the owner and former operator of a federal Superfund site in investigating and developing cost recovery claims against former owner/operators and arrangers.

Representing a Fortune 100 company in formulating and implementing a plan to preserve a key future market and to permit potential industry-wide savings of $800 million per year.  The matter was resolved when the agency and the Office of Management and Budget allowed use of the product that had been prohibited.

Representing a multi-industry coalition in managing development and presentation of a comprehensive position to avoid over $5 billion in potential costs for a proposed regulatory program.  The agency abandoned its proposal and adopted procedures for scientifically assessing the need for regulations.


Mr. Bowen is a member of the State Bar of California.  He is admitted to practice before California state courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  He is not currently admitted to practice law in any other jurisdiction.

Mr. Bowen is a graduate of Stanford University (J.D. 1973, M.B.A. 1973, B.A. in Economics 1968).

He served in the United States Air Force Reserve (1967-81), and was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Mr. Bowen is not currently accepting new clients.