George Bowles has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations proceedings, mediations and appeals. He represents and defends individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations in complex commercial disputes. George has experience representing clients in banking, business, consumer law, construction, employment, estate and trust, franchise, intellectual property, personal injury, real estate and securities litigation.

 

George Bowles has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations proceedings, mediations and appeals. He represents and defends individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations in complex commercial disputes. George has experience representing clients in banking, business, consumer law, construction, employment, estate and trust, franchise, intellectual property, personal injury, real estate and securities litigation.
 
George's recent cases as defense counsel include the defense and appeal of a multimillion-dollar Lanham Act claim against a government contractor; the defense of a multimillion dollar professional malpractice claim against an environmental services company; the defense of a multimillion-dollar claim against a national bank for alleged wrongful issuance of a signature guaranty; the defense of a fraud in the inducement claim against a franchisor; the prosecution of a faulty design and construction claim against an architect and general contractor; the prosecution of a claim for breach of a commercial lease against a developer and national drug store chain;  the prosecution of a fraud claim seeking return of funds invested in a fraudulent diamond mining company; the prosecution of a fraud claim seeking return of funds invested in a fraudulent restaurant franchise; the prosecution of a shareholder derivative action involving a family owned business; the prosecution of an ESOP’s claim for overvaluation against the company and its principals; the prosecution of patent infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and breach of contract claims against a manufacturer of children’s ride on vehicles; and the challenge to government’s decision not to renew security clearance to president of NASA contractor.

George is licensed to practice in Virginia.  He is a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He is also active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the Virginia Aquarium.  He is also involved with Leadership Hampton Roads and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Trusts and Estates Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation and Construction Litigation (2011-2016).  George has been recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2012.

A 1995 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1989. Between college and law school, George worked as a project engineer for an architectural and engineering firm designing electrical systems for hospitals and commercial buildings.

  • Serve as outside counsel to Sentara Healthcare and its affiliates. Representation has included assistance with acquisitions of and affiliations with health care facilities; hospital-physician joint ventures; tax and executive compensation; physician contracting activities; reimbursement matters, including Medicare and Medicaid audits and investigations; peer review proceedings; development of corporate compliance programs; government contracting and risk management. Also advise this client, a noted leader in the implementation of the eICU, on a variety of intellectual property and patent matters including software licensing and acquisition, trademark and patent prosecution, health care informatics, privacy and data management projects, advertising, IP risk analysis and infringement litigation.
  • Represented manufacturer of tagging-and-tracking pursuit management technology for law enforcement in pursuit of injunction against a vendor preventing the vendor from using the threat of discontinuing critical services to extort extra-contractual payments from client.
  • Asserted landowner's claim against guarantors and subtenant under land lease for the development of a drug store.
  • Defended bank against negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranty, and conversion claims asserted by depositor.
  • Defended franchisor against fraud claims by franchisee.
  • Defended used car dealer at trial against fraud and conspiracy claims asserted by dealer's primary lender.
  • Defended a NASA contractor against Lanham Act false advertising and trade secrets claim of a purported competitor.