Bowen, Sharon Y.

Sharon Y. Bowen

Retired Partner

Sharon Bowen retired from the partnership in May 2014. Sharon Bowen was a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department. Ms. Bowen was the Co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and Co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Hiring Subcommittee of the Recruiting Committee. 

Ms. Bowen represented corporations, private equity firms, financial and institutional clients on a broad range of corporate, finance and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic alliances, securities offerings, corporate restructurings, distressed debt and asset acquisitions, venture capital financings and corporate governance matters.

Appointed by the Obama administration, Ms. Bowen served as Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). The SIPC serves to restore funds to investors with assets in the hands of bankrupt and financially troubled brokerage firms. She served as a member of the Emeritus Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc. (formerly Executive Committee and Chair), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (Executive Committee), Northwestern Law School (formerly Executive Committee and Chair), PENCIL (Executive Committee) and UrbanAmerica, Inc.

Ms. Bowen has been selected as one of America's top Black lawyers by Black Enterprise. Ms. Bowen was a member of the 2008 DirectWomen Board Institute, a collaboration between Catalyst and the ABA Section of Business Law designed to develop and support the placement of women lawyers on corporate boards of major public companies. She was also recognized by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association as its 2006 “Lawyer of the Year” and received the New York City Bar Association’s 2007 Diversity Champion Award and the New York State Bar Association's 2011 Diversity Trailblazer Award. 


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1982
  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management, 1982
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1978