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Mary R. Pawelek

Mary R. Pawelek

Firm Vice Chair and Executive Managing Partner

Mary Pawelek has more than 20 years of experience in product liability litigation and focuses her practice on defending global pharmaceutical manufacturers in mass tort litigation and individual matters. Mary currently serves as national coordinating counsel on corporate liability and scientific issues in a nationwide pharmaceutical mass tort and as monitoring counsel in another. In two other large-scale pharmaceutical mass torts, she serves as national counsel for sales representatives and in one she also has national responsibility for company documents.  

Mary has extensive experience in the organization and administration of pharmaceutical mass tort litigation, particularly in developing corporate defense strategies and evaluating complex medical, legal, and scientific matters including discovery issues. She also has worked with clients on litigation risk assessments and management strategy. Mary has handled numerous pharmaceutical cases through dispositive pre-trial motions and has negotiated non-suits. Throughout her career, she has worked on many discovery and document production issues and has prepared and defended company witnesses in the areas of drug safety, regulatory, medical/scientific affairs and marketing, including sales representatives. Mary has also been a member of several high profile trials. 

Mary joined Bowman and Brooke in 2011 to establish the firm’s second Texas office in Austin, and is a member of the firm's six-person Executive Committee.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1996


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1993

    with honors

    Board of Advocates

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1990

    with high honors

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Associations

    • Travis County Bar Association
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Texas Bar Foundation


    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Category, 2018
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Texas Super Lawyers - The Top Women, 2018, 2019
      —Texas Super Lawyers, 2016 – 2019
      Texas Rising Stars, 2005, 2006

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “A View From The Inside: Key Considerations in Managing Large-Scale Litigation, Expectations of Outside Counsel to Enhance the Client Relationship," Moderator, ABA TIPS-Life Sciences, October, 2019
  • "The Company’s Front Line: Sales Representatives and Life Sciences Litigation,” Co-Presenter, Webinar, September 2018
  • "MDL Trends and Considerations for Reform,” Co-Presenter, American Tort Reform Annual Conference, November 2017