Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., Davidson College, 1993, magna cum laude, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Duke University, 1996, magna cum laude
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010
  • North Carolina, 1996
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1998
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2012
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Robert (Bobby) C. Bowers

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Bobby Bowers is a civil litigator who regularly represents and counsels clients with complex commercial disputes. Bowers has considerable experience in real estate and construction-related matters, eminent domain proceedings representing property owners, manufacturer-distributor relationships, fiduciary litigation arising from wealth transfers and trust and estate administration, equipment lease disputes, and railroad equipment matters including car hire enforcement and end-of-lease/return condition litigation.  He has represented clients in matters involving California’s Proposition 65/Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Bowers has also represented clients in a range of employment matters. 

Bowers has successfully represented engineering and architectural firms; commercial and residential property owners, developers, contractors, landlords and tenants; institutional and private trustees; railroad equipment owners; and manufacturers of consumer and other products.  Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, his practice included defense of medical and other professional negligence matters. 

Representative Client Services

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Trust, estate & fiduciary disputes   
  • Lease disputes
  • Real estate and equipment
  • Distributorship disputes
  • Defense of condemnation actions  

Of Note

  • North Carolina State Bar, Councilor, 26th Judicial District, 2015-present
  • Audit Committee, Mecklenburg County Bar, 2011-2015
  • Board of Paralegal Certification, North Carolina State Bar, 2012-present
  • Finance & Operations Committee, Mecklenburg County Bar, 2005-2011; Treasurer & Chair, 2005-2006
  • Professionalism Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2004-2005
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Trusts and Estates, 2013-2020
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list 2012. His primary area of practice is Civil Litigation Defense
  • Included in Business North Carolina's 2012 Legal Elite list and Business North Carolina's 2007 Legal Elite Young Guns list
  • Recognized in the 2019-2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, 2010-2018 editions of Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star
  • Named to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019
  • Pro bono counsel, real estate and lease issues
  • Assisted with trial advocacy courses and competitions at Wake Forest University School of Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Queens University, 34th Annual Estate Planners Day, May 17, 2012

Representative Matters

  • Lenox, Inc. v. Offerman, 140 N.C. App. 662, 538 S.E. 2d 203 (2000), affirmed, 353 N.C. 659, 548 S.E. 2d 513 (2001).  Successfully represented the taxpayer plaintiff in state tax refund action involving classification of gain from the sale of a business division as non-business income.
  • First Charter Bank, Trustee of Last Will and Testament of Joseph F. Cannon v. American Children's Home, et al., 692 S. E. 2nd 457 N.C. App., (2010).  Successfully represented trustee in proceeding to determine final disposition of trust assets at expiration of the 99-year term of a charitable trust and to modify trustee compensation provision.
  • Zepsa Industries, Inc. v. Kimble, et al., 2008 U.S. District LEXIS 94602; 2008 A.M.C. 2885.  Successfully opposed contractor's effort to preclude luxury yacht owner's right to recover loss of use damages based on admiralty choice of law issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association: Litigation Section; Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section