October 01, 2017
By Hope Martin ’19
Brandt Bowman ’09, an attorney recognized on the 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list, recently co-founded a new law firm in Harrisburg, Pa., that is taking an innovative approach to the attorney-client relationship. The firm, Penwell Bowman + Curran, works primarily on fixed-fee and not-to-exceed quotes rather than the billable hour that can often strain the attorney-client relationship.
Bowman’s partnership with attorneys Scott Penwell and Matthew Curran was introduced to the regional business community in an Aug. 9 article published in Central Penn Business Journal. In it, Bowman said: “Our goal is to provide legal services to clients in a way that we would want to purchase them as entrepreneurs and business owners.”
As explained on the firm’s website, “Used in the wrong situations, the billable hour can drive a big wedge between clients and their lawyers, which is why we’ve decided to avoid it as much as possible. Today’s world operates on fixed-fee or not-to-exceed quotes; the delivery of legal services should not be any different.”
Bowman, who majored in business administration and economics at Susquehanna, devotes most of his practice to business clients. He counsels startups, finanical institutions and businesses, as well as investors, in a range of matters related to corporate and securities law.
“My SU business education gave me a solid business foundation, which allows me to more effectively interact with and represent business clients. Additionally, that business foundation has been valuable in setting up and beginning to operate our new firm,” Bowman says.
Bowman graduated summa cum laude from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He attributes much of his law school success to skills he honed during his time at Susquehanna–in particular, how to interact with others in an open-minded way, which in turn allowed him to learn from both classmates and professors.
“There are countless books that purport to explain how to succeed in law school, but I opted to continue to do what was successful for me at SU. I’d say it worked.”