Attorneys: James M. Bowie

Bar Admissions
State of Maine
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Bowdoin College, B.A., cum laude
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, 2008-2023
The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2024
New England Super Lawyers, 2007-2023


  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Mediation Arbitration and Early Neutral Evaluation panels maintained by CADRES for the Maine Superior Court
  • Professional Ethics Commission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar (former member)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (
Notable Reported Decisions
Erlich v. Ouellette, Labonte, Roberge, & Allen, P.A., 637 F.3d 32 (1st Cir. 2011)
Garland v. Roy, 2009 ME 86, 976 A.2d 940

Jim's practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance counseling services and professional liability. His exceptional reputation in the legal community is built, in part, on his successful involvement in cases which have helped shape Maine law. Not only is he a veteran of countless jury trials in both state and federal court, as well as non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings, but he has also been counsel of record in over 80 matters before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Jim is an active arbitrator and mediator, participating in the panels for the Maine’s Rule 16B mandatory ADR program, as well as a substantial private arbitration and mediation practice. He is a frequent lecturer on subjects of trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, insurance law, and risk management for professionals.

Jim’s passion is baseball, appropriately enough, as an umpire. He’s a past president of the Western Maine Board of Baseball Umpires and is a former executive secretary of the State of Maine Umpires Association. Jim also serves on a variety of civic and educational boards and organizations in the Greater Portland and Southern Maine area.


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