Michael A. Bowen

Retired Partner


Michael Bowen is a retired partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice was focused on commercial litigation and arbitration at both the trial and appellate levels. Counseling clients in franchise, dealer and distributor relationships, and representing them when disputes develop in those areas, played important roles in his work. Other key practice areas included original appellate work and dealing with government-imposed economic regulations. He was a member of the firm’s Distribution & Franchise Practice.


Mr. Bowen has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© as well as the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for his work in litigation: general commercial. He has also been selected for inclusion in the 2005 through 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists.


Mr. Bowen received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Rockhurst College in 1973 and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review (1975-76), and author of "Note: Discovery in Patent Interferences" for the Review. Mr. Bowen also is an accomplished novelist, having published 16 such works since 1987.

Thought Leadership

He is co-author of The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law (Wisconsin State Bar, Third Edition 2003).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Bowen is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Bars of numerous federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits.

Representative Matters

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Participated in provision of counseling, negotiation assistance, and troubleshooting for a U.S. manufacturer with international distribution, focusing primarily on relations with distributors and sales representatives.
Provided counseling and occasional representation, for the past 25 years, in court or arbitration for a Wisconsin-based manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic components and related goods, handling a broad range of distribution-related and other issues.
Represented a distributor of secondary goods, otherwise known as promotional or collectible products bearing the trademarks of major manufacturing corporations that make different products. Work has included negotiation and preparation of distribution agreements, counseling concerning confidentiality and non-disclosure issues, and dealing with disputes that have arisen from time to time.