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Marla S. Bowman

Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9152 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Marla's practice focuses on matters involving business, estate, and intellectual property disputes. She has significant experience working on shareholder derivative actions and dealing with claims under North Carolina's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Marla also regularly works on cases involving patents, trademarks, and contracts concerning intellectual property. She has experience in North Carolina's Business Court and federal court.

Clients count on Marla for her responsiveness and creative approach to solving legal problems. She pays close attention to the latest cases and trends in the law to pursue client objectives. Marla also has significant experience working with advanced technology to manage cases involving large amounts of electronic discovery.

Prior to joining the firm, Marla graduated in the top 5% of her class at the University of Florida where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Florida Law Review. Marla also served as a judicial intern for two federal magistrate judges for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Order of the Coif, Florida Blue Key, Editor in Chief, Florida Law Review.
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Central Florida, Order of Pegasus, President's Leadership Council, Burnett Honors College.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a physician in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a large pharmaceutical company involving royalties owed under a contract for patents related to a medical device
  • Representation of a financial advisor in a FINRA arbitration against a national bank in a dispute over unpaid compensation
  • Representation of a software company in a lawsuit against a former owner and employee for misappropriating company funds
  • Representation of a manufacturer in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by a patent troll
  • Representation of LLC managers in a derivative action filed in North Carolina's Business Court
  • Representation of a national publication in a contract dispute concerning trademarks and royalties

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2020
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Young Guns, 2020
  • "40 and Under Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2019

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Cardozo Society
  • Federal Bar Association — Section: Federal Litigation
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Litigation, Young Lawyers Division

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2015
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

About Me

One surprising thing that people don't know about me is that I love playing basketball.

My motto is: "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light"- Dumbledore

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