Areas of Practice:
Premises liability, environmental claims, catastrophic personal injury, business litigation, insurance coverage and strategic planning
Owen P. McGowan, born in Fall River, Massachusetts; admitted to Bar 1987, Massachusetts; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: St. Michael’s College (B.A. 1983); Suffolk University (J.D. 1987). Memberships: Boston, Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations (Committees on Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Alternative Dispute Resolution); American Arbitration Association, Panel Arbitrator; Defense Research Institute; Panel Member, Middlesex County Medical Malpractice Tribunals; Panel Member, Duke University Private Adjudication Center, Dalkon Shield Claims Arbitration and Smith Barney Sexual Harassment Class Action.
Owen formed the firm in 2001 after being a name partner at another distinguished Boston-based law practice. He has tried in excess of 300 cases to verdict ranging from premises liability, environmental claims and other catastrophic personal injury cases to multi-million dollar fire losses, and has lectured and published extensively on the subject of defending environmental claims including lead poisoning, sick building and indoor air quality claims, Legionnaire’s Disease, carbon monoxide poisoning and asbestos.
Owen’s experience as a litigator is such that he is frequently requested by fellow members of the bar to serve as an arbitrator or mediator to resolve difficult disputes. He has also served as an expert witness on multiple occasions, his services being retained by insurers and counsel alike relative to issues including standard of care in litigation, proper claim handling and bad faith evaluations. By example, he was retained as an expert relative to alleged legal malpractice in the largest patent infringement case ever decided in Western Massachusetts, and was qualified as an expert by the Federal District Court of Virginia relative to his assessment of injuries in a multi-million dollar toxic tort action involving lead poisoning.
Owen also regularly provides counsel to businesses relative to litigation, insurance coverage and strategic planning.