Background

John Bowlin represents clients in commercial litigation, including construction and real estate disputes, and in appellate litigation in the state and federal courts of Colorado and elsewhere. Mr. Bowlin is admitted to practice in Colorado and in numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Mr. Bowlin specializes in thinking deeply about the law’s application to his client’s cases and crafting a strategy for resolving matters as quickly and advantageously as possible.

Representative Cases

Mr. Bowlin has helped clients pursue their interests and protect their rights on appeal in cases including:

  • Fleury v. Intrawest Winter Park Operations Corp., 2016 CO 41, 372 P.3d 349 (Colo. 2016) – Represented amicus curiae in successfully obtaining clarification of Ski Safety Act.
  • Ark Initiative v. Tidwell, 816 F.3d 119 (D.C. Cir. 2016) – Represented amicus curiae in case concerning use of national forest for ski operations.
  • Kirkbride v. Terex USA, LLC, 798 F.3d 1343 (10th Cir. 2015) – Reversal of more than $3 million judgment on three separate claims, holding insufficient evidence supported the jury’s verdicts.
  • Kelly v. Haralampopoulos, 2014 CO 46, 327 P.3d 255 (Colo. 2014) – Reversal of court of appeals’ decision, holding that client could not be sued for claims seeking more than $15 million in damages.
  • Hickerson v. Vessels, 2014 CO 2, 316 P.3d 620 (Colo. 2014) – Reversal of court of appeals’ decision, which resulted in the dismissal of claims against client for approximately $1 million in damages.
  • Simpson v. Cedar Springs Hospital, Inc., 2014 CO 73, 336 P.3d 180 (Colo. 2014) – Represented amicus curiae in successfully obtaining clarification of law regarding hospital quality management privilege.
  • Chapman v. Harner, 2014 CO 78, 339 P.3d 519 (Colo. 2014) – Represented amicus curiae in successfully obtaining clarification of burden of proof when negligence is shown by res ipsa loquitur.

Mr. Bowlin also assists clients in commercial litigation at the trial level, drawing on his experience in every stage of litigation. He frequently represents clients in cases relating to property, liens, contracts, and debts. Mr. Bowlin has helped clients resolve trial-level matters such as:

  • Obtained partial summary judgment in construction dispute, leaving plaintiff with the possibility of recovering only one-sixth of the amount originally claimed.
  • Defeated challenge to subject matter jurisdiction in commercial dispute.
  • Successfully obtained possession of real properties from defaulted tenants through unlawful detainer actions.
  • Litigated numerous commercial and construction disputes through conclusion or to favorable settlement.

Articles and Presentations

  • New Opportunities for Cost-Effective E-Discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Law Week Colorado, May 25, 2015, at 16.
  • Raising Unpreserved Arguments on Appeal, Colorado Bar Association CLE (June 11, 2014)
  • There is Still a Chance: Raising Unpreserved Arguments on Appeal, 42. Colo. Law. 29 (June 2013)

Other Professional Experience

  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Associate (2012-2017)
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Nancy E. Rice, Colorado Supreme Court (2011-2012)
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable James S. Casebolt, Colorado Court of Appeals (2010-2011)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • William E. Doyle Inn of Court

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education

  • B.S., summa cum laude, Regis University, 2007
  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 2010
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars – Appellate Attorney, 2017