Freya Bowen represents policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers under a range of different types of policies, including directors’ and officers’ liability, fidelity bonds, professional liability, media liability, commercial general liability, errors and omissions, cyber-risk, and employee benefits liability. She has represented corporate clients, governmental entities and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts, before state administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations. Her recent representations include seeking insurance coverage for liabilities related to an investment Ponzi scheme, seeking coverage for a major healthcare provider for losses arising out if its managed care activities, seeking coverage for a financial services company for ERISA liabilities arising out of its investment management operations, and seeking coverage for the independent directors of a major investment bank for non-indemnifiable loss in connection with a shareholder derivative action.
As an appellate lawyer, Freya has represented clients before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as the California Court of Appeals.
Freya's pro bono practice has included bringing a facial constitutional challenge to Wisconsin’s fetal protection statute on behalf of a pregnant woman who was incarcerated under that law, as well as representing a criminal defendant in a direct appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a death row inmate before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a civil rights action seeking DNA evidence, a criminal defendant bringing a habeas petition before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for ineffective assistance of counsel, a tenant in an unlawful detainer action, a nonprofit organization opposing a motion brought under California's anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participants (SLAPP) statute, and children needing their adoptions finalized.
• National Advocates for Pregnant Women, “Pro Bono Partner” Award (to Perkins Coie’s Loertcher v. Schimel team), 2017
• Wisconsin Law Journal, “Women In the Law” Award, 2015
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Practice Section Board
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules
- Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Board of Governors
- Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society Board
- St. Andrews Episcopal Church Finance Committee
- Quarles & Brady, LLP, Madison, WI, Commercial Litigation Group
- Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Litigation Group
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Litigation Group
- The Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation, Office of Legal Affairs, San Francisco, CA, Legal Intern
- Judicial Extern to the Hon. Maxine M. Chesney, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- Hon. Sidney R. Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit