NC Personal Injury Attorneys Setting the Standard

Attorneys

Deborah J. Bowers

Partner (Member)

Deb Bowers received her B.A. degree from the University of Texas and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law in 1980. After graduating from law school, Deb moved to New Jersey where she engaged in a civil litigation practice for several years, specializing in fidelity and surety work, construction defects litigation, commercial litigation, products liablity, and personal injury defense. Since moving to North Carolina in in 1997, Deb has has focused her practice primarily on insurance coverage disputes and construction defect litigation, but she handles all types of litigated matters from personal injury to products liablity. She has also represented municipalities in litigation involving land use issues and employment issues. Deb is a certified superior court mediator. She has authored articles and conducted seminars on insurance coverage issues and has been a speaker at several seminars for lawyers and others in the insurance and construction industry.

Practice Areas:

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Certified Mediator)
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey
North Carolina
Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Education:

Bates College of Law, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1980 – J.D. (Cum Laude)
           The Advocates, 1979–1980
           Order of the Barons, 1979–1980
           International Law Journal, Editor, 1978–1979

University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1974 – B.A.

Sample Reported Cases:

ExperienceOne Homes, LLC v. Town of Morrisville, ___ N.C. App. ___, 727 S.E.2d 26 (N.C.App.2012), disc. rev. denied 731 S.E.2d 149 (N.C. 2012)
Lamb v. D.S. Duggins Welding, Inc., 729 S.E.2d 724 (N.C.App. 2012)
Robinson v. Forest Creek Ltd. Partnership, 712 S.E.2d 895 (N.C.App. 2011)
Gerneral Casualty Co. of Wisconsin v. Image Builders, Inc., 2010 WL 4449084 (W.D.N.C. 2010)
Auto Owners, Inc. v. Northwestern Housing Enterprises, Inc., No. 5:06CV88, 2008 WL 901176 (W.D.N.C. Mar. 31, 2008)
Harleysville Mutual Insurance Co. v. Berkley Insurance Co. of the Carolinas, 169 N.C. App. 556, 610 S.E.2d 215 (2005)
Haney v. Greene Construction, Inc., 168 N.C. App. 239, 607 S.E.2d 56 (2005)
Home Savings Bank, SSB of Eden v. Colonial American Casualty & Surety Co., 165 N.C. App. 189, 598 S.E.2d 265 (2004)
Carlson v. Old Republic Ins. Co., 160 N.C. App. 399, 585 S.E.2d 497 (2003)

Membership in Law-Related Organizations:

Greensboro Bar Association
Guilford Inn of Court, Master
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
Texas State Bar
American Bar Association
     Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA)
     Chair, Construction Law Practice Group, 2008-2009
     Board of Directors, 2013-2016
Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Legal Decisions of Interest

  • A recent opinion out of the Texas Supreme Court has recently been the subject of a lot of commentary around the insurance coverage and construction world. The case is Ewing Construction Co. v. Amerisure Insurance Co., and it came before the Texas Supreme Court on certification of questions from the Fifth Circuit (Ewing Constr. Co. […]In cases involving construction defect claims (and potentially other types of claims), the insurance policy that is implicated is a very important issue.  The issue of whose policy and/or which policy is “on the risk” for a particular claim is most often referred to as “trigger of coverage”.  Some states’ laws allow all policies in […]
  • In connection with a discovery dispute between the parties, the Court of Appeals held that a blanket general objection asserted by the defendants based on “the attorney/client privilege, the work product doctrine, or any other applicable privilege or doctrine” was inadequate to effect the intended purpose of the objection. The Court noted that even though […]In a lawsuit involving a mobile home park tenant assaulted by another tenant, the Court of Appeals stated that although North Carolina law has recognized a landowner’s duty to exercise reasonable care to protect tenants from foreseeable third-party criminal acts, such a duty did not include a duty to evict a tenant, and although other […]
  • In a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the parents of a deceased child alleging that defendant doctors were negligent in failing to discover lacerations to the child’s liver at the hospital following a car accident, the Court of Appeals agreed that the parents’ expert witness’ testimony was not improperly speculative, even though the expert used […]The North Carolina Supreme Court “adopted” the reasoning of the dissenting Court of Appeals judge and hence held that the age of a lawful visitor injured on property naturally occurring (a creek), in and of itself, did not impose a higher standard of care on the property owner, because such a heightened level of care […]
  • In a product liability action involving a self-propelled wheelchair that caught fire, resulting in the house to catch on fire and burning Plaintiff’s decedent, the Court of Appeals held that the defense of “insulating negligence” (by which a defendant is insulated from liability by an independent act of another) does not apply where it is […]The Court of Appeals, asserting that it was following established law, declined to allow damages for the loss of a pet dog based upon a strong emotional bond the owners had with the dog, and instead damages were generally limited to the cost of “replacing” the dog, since the Court viewed the dog as merely […]
  • Although Plaintiff filed the Complaint without it being signed and ordinarily that would result in the action being deemed not to have been properly instituted, Plaintiff’s prompt remedial measures of filing an amended, signed Complaint corrected the deficiency, and the amended Complaint related back to the commencement of the action for purposes of timeliness. Estate […]

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Office Location

Phone:
336.282.8848
Fax:
336.282.8409
3203 Brassfield Road Greensboro, NC 27410
NC Personal Injury Lawyers