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Richard W. "Deke" Bowerman

545 Long Wharf Drive
Ninth Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Phone:  203.672.3202
Fax:  203.672.3237


Mr. Bowerman serves as the Office Leader for the New Haven office. He focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation across a diverse group of industries. He has spent more than three decades practicing in the areas of antitrust and unfair trade practices, commercial lender litigation as well as contract disputes, product liability and personal injury claims. Having brought more than 40 jury trials to conclusion and having tried numerous cases to the bench, he understands how essential it is to enter the courtroom with the right legal counsel. His portfolio of commercial clients includes national companies in the retail industries, including Westfield, LLC, as well as financial institutions in resolving credit-related litigation, including foreclosures, asset recovery and lender liability litigation, and companies in business-related disputes, including claims involving state-of-the art software and technology.

Additionally, Mr. Bowerman has represented entertainment industry clients including Paramount Pictures, Time Warner Entertainment, L.P., Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Buena Vista Distribution Company (Walt Disney Company). Cases for each of these clients have dealt with matters such as film distribution rights, antitrust and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice Act.

He also has experience in arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New Haven, Connecticut, September 2008 – Present
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, New Haven, Connecticut, 1975 – 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association: President, 1987-1988
  • Defense Research Institute: Former Connecticut State Chairman
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy: Certified Civil Trial Advocate, 1989 - 2009


  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Law & Politics magazine as a Connecticut "Super Lawyer" in the areas of Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Personal Injury Plaintiff Law (General), 2007 - 2018. For more information on the selection process, click here.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010 – 2019. For more information on the selection process, click here.

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  • J.D., cum laude, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., Philosophy, Gettysburg College, 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1975