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Larry Bowles has practiced in the maritime field for more than 30 years, developing an expertise in marine casualty, insurance, products liability and environmental issues. Representing shipowners, charterers, insurers, manufacturers and other commercial interests, Mr. Bowles has built an international reputation as an aggressive and effective litigator. His trial experience has focused on collisions, groundings and other casualties, environmental damage claims, insurance disputes, product liability claims, charter party disputes and disputes concerning the purchase and sale of vessels. In large oil spill litigation, he has worked closely with clients and cleanup contractors in minimizing environmental damage claims and collecting contribution and/or indemnity from parties responsible for the spills. Where possible and in the interest of his clients, he has avoided litigation through successful negotiation of settlements or transfer of disputes to more advantageous forums. He has served as an arbitrator or as a mediator in a number of cases.

Larry has been a speaker in several seminars regarding marine casualties including oil pollution.

Based upon peer review, Larry has been consistently rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubble, listed in the “Who’s Who of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers” and the “New York Super Lawyers” and the “Best lawyers in America”. For 2012, Larry was named by “Best Lawyers” as “Lawyer of the Year” in Admiralty and Maritime Law in New York City.



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  • Georgetown University School of Law (J.D., 1966)
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy (B.S. with honors, 1959)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeal 3rd Cir. 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeal 5th Cir. 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 2nd Cir. 1974
  • U.S. Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York, 1968


  • Director and General Counsel of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association Inc. (the “American Club”) 2002 to date
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1999—2002
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member, Board of Directors, 1996—1999
  • Chair, Proctor Admissions Committee, 1994—1999
  • Chair, Subcommittee on General Average of the Committee on Marine Insurance, General Average and Salvage, 1990—1995
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation (Volunteer Legal Counsel)
  • Member New York State Bar Association


  • U.S. Navy (1959—66), serving for three years on surface ships as navigator, watch officer and combat information systems officer, and four years at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland as an instructor in navigation, rules of the road and the use of radar