With the smell of varnish in the air, the feel of sawdust under her shoes, and the distinct sound of a buzzing table saw, Theresa Bowman tackles her latest restoration project. As someone who regularly exercises her intellectual muscles throughout the day as a litigator, she finds the concentration and intensity required of carpentry to stoke a physical sensibility that helps her to relax. As she puts it, “it clears my head” after a long day or week.
Over the years she has restored a giant Victorian mirror, turn of the century church pew, cabinets and tables. Each one a treasure trove of discovery replete with clues from the past. Working to restore an antique piece of furniture is like walking through history. Through the layers of peeling veneer, chipped paint, and broken joints, Theresa finds her way to the beginning of the story and starts working her way back towards restoration.
While carpentry isn’t the most common hobby or something you’d necessarily expect in a lawyer, the act of restoring furniture is ironically restorative to her as well. It is also a connection to her late grandfather, an airplane mechanic and accomplished carpenter, upon whose tools she still largely relies. It is a hobby she enjoys sharing with her husband during their down time. Their latest project? An American Empire desk (circa early 1800s).
Theresa Bowman has developed her international arbitration and litigation practices in the areas of commercial disputes and obtaining jurisdiction over, and discovery from, foreign sovereigns and transnational corporate entities. Ms. Bowman has briefed issues of foreign sovereign immunity before both the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the District of Columbia. She has navigated all aspects of complex litigation against many foreign sovereign and multi-national entities in a wide variety of subject areas.
With a background in Journalism as well as legal, political and investigative reporting for a major broadcast network affiliate, Ms. Bowman offers an advanced and unique approach to effective research and case development techniques in complex litigation matters. Ms. Bowman has traveled all over the world to meet and work with clients, fact witnesses and expert witnesses. She utilizes strong multi-lingual oral communication and writing skills to advocate successfully for clients.
Ms. Bowman is also active in the legal community, serving as a co-chair of the Litigation Law Forum of the District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington Law School Alumni Association. She is a past President of the Student Bar Association of the George Washington Law School and has been published in the International Society of Law’s International Legal Materials as well as the World Financial Review.
- Drafted multiple Appellate briefings in litigation for US investors to obtain enforcement of a $200 million RICO judgment against a foreign sovereign, several government officials, and its alter ego and successor-in-interest sovereign-owned entities. The matter involved litigation of Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), post-judgment enforcement exceptions for commercial activity, waiver and takings.
- Facilitated proceedings for US judgment debtor to obtain enforcement of a multi-million dollar judgment entered against a foreign sovereign. The enforcement proceedings specifically focused on the breadth of discovery and contempt power that Courts may properly exercise over foreign sovereigns.
- Worked to obtain domestic recognition and default judgment through the New York Convention of Foreign Arbitral Awards, on the basis of an arbitration award obtained by a leading European biotechnology research non-profit against a US-based, non-profit global medical research consortium.
- Collaborated with a team of partners and associates to conduct ICC arbitration on behalf of Claimant for contractual and non-contractual claims reaching over $100 million, including lost profits, arising out of a pharmaceutical joint venture in the Middle East.
- Worked to obtain favorable allocation of fees in UNCITRAL arbitration for Claimant, an African subsidiary of a large international risk management and security consulting company, in multi-million dollar breach of contract claim against several international oil and gas companies.
- Acted as Defense Counsel for a large Canadian telecommunications firm, obtaining dismissal of a consumer tort lawsuit on the basis of jurisdictional deficiencies.
- Consulted a private individual in FSIA litigation over claims against a European museum for the return of artwork stolen during the Nazi regime.
- Counseled a US company in litigation against several Central American companies for breach of contract. Successfully obtained judgment after navigating the Hague Convention On Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters.
- Counseled a US construction company in breach of contract dispute against nation-wide organization with no formal corporate identity. Litigation involved the use of multiple alter egos and shell corporations related to non-existent entities.
Professional, Business and civic Affiliations
- Board of Directors, Georgetown Business Association (2014 – 2016), Executive Committee (2014 – 2016)
- Co-chair, Litigation Law Forum, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2016 - present)
- Executive Committee, George Washington University Law School Alumni Association (2014 – present)
- Board of Directors, George Washington University Law School Alumni Association (2011 – present)
- The Council on Women’s Leadership, Meridian International Center (2013 – 2016)
- International Law Section, Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2011 – present)
- International Law Section, Bar Association of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2011 – present)
- Sidwell Friends School Alumni Association (2004 – present)
Other Career Experience
- Associate, Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. (2012-2016)
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Judge Reggie Walton, U.S. District Court (2011-2012)
- Virginia, 2011
- District of Columbia, 2013
- U.S.D.C., District of Columbia, 2015
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2011
Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, B.S., 2008; cum laude
Spanish, full professional proficiency
French, professional proficiency
Irish Gaelic, limited working proficiency