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Paul N. Bowles III, Partner

DIRECT 212.937.4033   FAX 212.937.4050

Paul focuses his primary practice on complex product liability and commercial litigation, chiefly in the aviation and transportation industries. He represents Fortune 100 and middle-market companies in a wide variety of matters in his home jurisdictions of New York and New Jersey and across the United States. Paul's work covers the spectrum of representing manufacturers of traditional products to those involved in artificial intelligence, UAV technologies, and other sophisticated modern aviation products. 

Paul always maintains an eye on the frontline of new and cutting-edge issues in his product liability practice and regarding aviation law in particular.  Recent examples include providing interviews to A.M. Best’s and counseling a Fortune 100 client on the specific topic of the emerging legal landscape presented by UAVs.  He is a frequent speaker on the interplay of new technology and the state of the law. Paul also supports the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York as an observer to its board of directors.  This non-profit is dedicated to fostering the growth of world-class technology companies in New York City, representing a critical aspect of the modern economy. 

As a commercial litigator, Paul’s practice ranges from defending civil fraud, commercial loss, and breach of contract claims, to aggressively pursuing breach of contract, civil fraud and breach of partnership agreement claims as a commercial plaintiff.  Paul also routinely negotiates partnership, executive compensation, and LLC agreements, and advises hedge fund managers and owners of startups in various legal capacities.

Paul also represents artists and managers in the entertainment industry. Paul’s practice includes representing platinum selling recording artists and world touring jazz musicians, managers of grammy award winning and nominated musicians, independent filmmakers and music streaming service startups. This aspect of his practice is born out of his experience as a musician in different bands over almost 20 years, including live shows and studio time. Helping artists succeed is one of the great pleasures in his personal and professional life. As an important part of this, Paul dedicates pro bono services to New York's Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Paul has received a peer review rating of AV Preeminent on Martindale Hubbell and was named a Super Lawyers New York Metro Area Rising Star for 2017 and 2018.  In addition to the American Bar Association, Paul is a member of the Defense Research Institute, where he serves on the Aviation Section committee, and is its Young Lawyers Section liaison.  Paul also maintains membership in the New York State Bar Association and served on its Committee on the Tort System until 2017, where he commented and made recommendations on state-level tort legislation with judges and fellow lawyers.  Paul is admitted to practice before the state courts of New York and New Jersey, the Federal District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Supreme Court where he recently briefed the issue of federal preemption within aviation on behalf of the Aerospace Industries Association of America as amicus curiae.


New York
Tower 49 - 31st Floor
Twelve East 49th Street
New York, York, NY 10017
  New Jersey
116 Village Boulevard
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540


Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D., 2008

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.A., 2005


New Jersey, 2008

New York, 2009
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York, 2009
Southern District of New York, 2010
District of New Jersey, 2014
United States Supreme Court, 2016