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Robert L. Bowman - Knoxville, TN

800 South Gay StreetSuite 2500 Knoxville, TN 37929- 9702

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Updated: 07/14/2022

Knoxville Employment and Labor Law Lawyer


Robert L. Bowman is an extremely qualified, experienced, and effective trial attorney whose practice areas are Employment and Labor and Local Government and Public Utilities. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers in the Employment and Labor practice area. Mr. Bowman has over 20 years of experience and is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator...

About Robert L. Bowman

Practice Areas

  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Local Government and Public Utilities

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee

Other Affiliations

  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Political Action Committee (Board of Directors)
  • Knoxville Bar Association, 2015 - Present (Fellow)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Management Committee Member, Kramer Rayson LLP, 2010 - Present
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Tennessee Bar Association, East Tennessee Delegate to the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, 2010 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Leadership Law Class of 2010
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Child and Family of Tennessee


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Order of the Coif
    Major: Moot Court Board Member
  • University of Tennessee
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • Minority Floor Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Legislative Aid

Pro Bono Activities

  • Serving as a Vestryman and Assistant Lead Usher for St. John’s Cathedral
  • Advisor to the Sportsmen’s Wildlife Foundation

Classes and Seminars

  • "Work Arrangements that (actually) Work" Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2015
  • "Employee Misclassification" Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2013
  • “The Wage and Hour Investigators Are Coming, Be Prepared” Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2010
  • “Public Employers’ New and Unique Issues” Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2009
  • “Lessons Learned From Bad Facts, Behavior and Decisions” Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2008
  • “How to Deal With a Department of Labor Wage Hour Audit” Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2007
  • “Selecting the Best Employees Within the Law" Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2005
  • “Retaliation Claims: How to Avoid Winning the Battle and Losing the War” Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville 2004


Other Sources of Feedback About Robert L. Bowman

Included on the 2023 Mid-South list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Robert L. Bowman on Super Lawyers


  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law – Management and Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor
  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation 2015 Inductee
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
  • Greater Knoxville Business Journal - "Top 40 Under 40" Business Leaders in East Tennessee
  • City View - 2009-2019 Top Attorney Awards for Class Action, Labor & Employment, Federal Court Practice, Constitutional/Civil Rights or General Civil Litigation
  • AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell



Office Information


800 South Gay StreetSuite 2500 Knoxville, TN 37929- 9702


  • 865-522-5723


Representative Cases

  • Mitchell v. Superior Steel, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155844 (E.D. Tenn. Nov. 17, 2015)
  • Adkins v. Restaurant Management Group, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23830 (E.D. Tenn. Feb 23, 2012)
  • Brumbalough v. Camelot Care Centers, Inc., 427 F.3d 996 (6th Cir. 2005)
  • Cross Mountain Coal, Inc., v. Ward, 93 F.3d 211 (6th Cir. 1996)

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