Richard T. Bowles

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Walnut Creek, California

Bowles & Verna, LLP
Richard T. Bowles
Bowles & Verna, LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Business & Corporate, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1970

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Bowles & Verna, LLP

2121 N California Blvd
Suite 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Visit website


The founder of Bowles & Verna LLP located in Walnut Creek, California, Richard T. Bowles represents clients throughout the state in a variety of matters. Focusing his practice primarily on civil litigation, he has handled cases involving breach of contract, medical malpractice, land fraud and insurance bad faith. Mr. Bowles also has general business experience, including entity formation, the preparation of employment and other agreements, and corporate transactions.

Mr. Bowles received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of California Berkeley in 1966. He then pursued his legal studies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1969. While in law school, Mr. Bowles was an editor on the Hastings Law Journal. He began his legal career as an insurance defense trial lawyer, quickly gaining courtroom experience and later expanding his practice to construction and other types of real estate litigation. Mr. Bowles founded his current firm in 1985, and to date he has tried more than 150 cases, many of which have resulted in substantial settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients. His fellow attorneys have taken notice of his successes, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Bowles is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, The Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association and the Litigation Counsel of America.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, General Litigation

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Litigation, Non-Compete Agreements

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 30% Business/Corporate
  • 20% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1970, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Comment Editor, Hastings Law Journal
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • American Arbitration Association
  • California, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Order of the Coif
  • Arbitrator, San Francisco Superior Court and Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Super Lawyers - Northern California
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Thurston Society
Educational Background:
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, B.S. in Business, 1966

Office location for Richard T. Bowles

2121 N California Blvd
Suite 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: 925-478-5763


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

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