James N. Bowen


Jim Bowen focuses his practice on complex business, healthcare and commercial litigation.

Jim represents a diverse array of corporate and individual clients in business and commercial litigation matters, including healthcare-related litigation, securities class actions, M&A disputes, shareholder disputes, business torts, breach of contract cases, RICO matters, intellectual property disputes and other business and corporate disputes.  A significant portion of Jim’s practice is also devoted to representing healthcare providers and other healthcare-related companies.  Jim has experience assisting for-profit hospital systems, university medical systems, non-profit hospital systems, community hospitals, pharmacies, healthcare IT companies, healthcare executives, and an array of other healthcare clients located throughout the country with their commercial litigation needs.  Jim regularly represents hospital systems in disputes with managed care payors, including cases involving the breach of network participation agreements, out-of-network reimbursement disputes, Sequestration-related payment disputes, improper underpayments and recoupments, and medical necessity and other payment denials.

Jim acts as outside general counsel to several small and midsize businesses and healthcare companies, providing advice on general corporate matters, contract negotiations, and transactions large and small.

Jim has extensive jury and non-jury trial experience in both state and federal court, and he has argued cases before numerous state and federal courts of appeal.  Jim is admitted to the Tennessee and New York bars and to practice in numerous federal courts.

Prior to joining Riley & Jacobson, Jim worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. 

Jim graduated from Columbia Law School in New York, where he was a James Kent Scholar.  Prior to that, Jim graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Distinguished Major in history and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.  Jim is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Montgomery Bell Academy.  Jim has been repeatedly recognized in Chambers USA for his experience in commercial litigation.

Jim is an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University, teaching a business law course in the Jack C. Massey College of Business.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Securities Litigation
Intellectual Property
General Business Advice


Columbia Law School, J.D. 2002
University of Virginia, B.A. 1998

Bar Admissions

New York, 2002
Tennessee, 2005


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 144