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Les S. Bowers

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Les Bowers is a Partner and trial lawyer who focuses his practice representing individuals injured in products liability and medical malpractice cases. Utilizing his past experience working at some of the world’s largest law firms, Les understands the defenses and strategies available to defendants and their large corporate insurance companies and uses that knowledge to appropriately evaluate cases, conduct extensive investigation, and pursue only the most meritorious cases. Les is careful to limit his cases to ensure that each client receives the utmost in personal attention and guidance. Les’s intense drive and attention to detail have resulted in numerous accolades, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in Virginia in 2014, numerous peer review awards, and the opportunity to give back to the profession by writing in peer reviewed journals and speaking at educational seminars. Les is admitted to practice law in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Marathon runner
  • Head of cattle I manage
  • Off-road miles, bucket list trip in Baja CA
  • What do you like best about working at Gentry Locke?

    I’ve worked here for many years, beginning in the mailroom during college, working through summers and winter breaks, and now as a trial lawyer. I have tremendous respect for the people who work here. I’ve seen and understand how all parts of this team come together to provide value for our clients. We have assembled a team that is able to achieve impressive results in difficult cases against very highly-skilled adversaries.

  • Why do you enjoy representing Plaintiffs?

    I’ve been on “both sides of the V,” and I can say that it is much more difficult working on behalf of Plaintiffs. At the end of the day, achieving a positive result for a deserving plaintiff is far more satisfying because we are working to help those who are oftentimes unable to help themselves. For my most seriously injured clients, winning or losing a case can be the difference between receiving life-sustaining care. This is a responsibility and a privilege that I take very seriously.

  • What are some of your favorite travel destinations, and why?

    Diving in the Maldives and Turks & Caicos, climbing the Great Wall in China, making new friends in Colombia, and exploring Tibet and Southeast Asia solo. When possible, I like to take the “difficult” trips to hard-to-reach places. I enjoy traveling because it provides an opportunity for greater perspective on life and to develop a better understanding that, across countries and cultures, there is far more that unites us than divides us.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2008
  • University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, B.S. 2005


Civil Litigation

Les focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs at trial in products liability, personal injury, and medical malpractice actions in Virginia, North Carolina, and elsewhere. Highlights include:

  • Representation of numerous clients suffering from severe brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Representation of numerous families suffering from the untimely loss of loved ones due to others’ negligence
  • Representation of individuals in medical malpractice actions involving a wide array of issues, including birth injuries, surgical and procedural errors, failures to diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions, and improper administration of medications
  • Representation of individuals in complex products liability actions in both state and federal court
  • Litigation of various complex tort actions, including:
    • Negligent hiring and negligent retention claims stemming from workplace sexual assault
    • Catastrophic industrial workplace explosions
    • Mold exposure
    • Mass tort action stemming from improperly washed surgical instruments
  • Litigation of various consumer protection claims involving major financial institutions, including:
    • Fraud and constructive fraud actions
    • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
    • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
    • Contested foreclosure and post-foreclosure deficiency actions

Criminal Litigation

Though his civil practice takes up the majority of his time, Les is occasionally called upon to obtain justice for individuals improperly charged with criminal offenses or who were wronged by the criminal justice system and prison systems. His experience in this regard includes:

  • Representation of client at trial in a 28 U.S.C. § 2255 habeas corpus proceeding in the Eastern District of Virginia arising out of the ineffective assistance of counsel in investigation of public authority defense
  • Advised federal firearms dealers, manufacturers, and their individual clients regarding compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations, including the National Firearms Act (NFA), Gun Control Act (GCA), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Advised various clients regarding internal investigations and participation in grand jury investigations
  • Represented clients in various criminal proceedings in both the General District and Circuit Courts of Virginia
  • Representation of various individuals in 18 U.S.C. § 1983 cases involving civil rights violations by police and prison officials


  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
  • VTLA Amicus Committee
  • VTLA Publications Committee
  • VTLA Fundraising Committee
  • VTLA Tort Law Legislative Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association


  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Personal Injury: Plaintiff (2015-2016)
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