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Bowles Rice LLP

About Bowles Rice LLP

Bowles Rice is a professional service organization, contributing to the success of our clients and the vitality of our communities through advocacy, counsel, leadership and service.

Our firm was founded in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1920 by three lawyers engaged in the general practice of law. Through success, expansion and merger, we have grown to become a full-service law firm with more than 130 attorneys serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia – and throughout the nation – from seven strategically located, regional offices.

We are committed to quality and professionalism in all that we do. Our firm has earned the highest AV peer-review ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, long considered the authoritative resource on the legal profession.
U.S. News & World Report, in its 2015 Best Law Firms publication, ranks Bowles Rice as "First Tier" in more than 30 different areas of law in West Virginia. Chambers and Partners, a well-respected global peer-ranking organization, lists Bowles Rice among its "Top Ranked" law firms, and noted in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, "This fine team garners universal praise for its depth of experience and resources, thus maintaining its position among the front runners of the West Virginia market." The 2016 roster of The Best Lawyers in America® includes 53 Bowles Rice attorneys.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1920 Number of Partners 87
Number of offices 7 Partner:associate ratio 3.30
Biggest office Charleston Percentage of women attorneys 18.20
Number of attorneys 125 Percentage of minority attorneys 0.00
Number of associates 26 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.00
Area of practice

Bowles Rice LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Advance Directives
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Banking Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Certified Title Opinions
  • Class Actions Defense
  • Commercial Lending
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condemnation And Eminent Domain
  • Construction Litigation
  • Consumer Lending
  • Corporate Governance
  • Deliberate Intent And Workplace Safety
  • Economic Development
  • Elder Law And Medicaid Planning
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Estate And Gift Tax Planning
  • Estate And Trust Administration
  • Estate And Trust Litigation
  • Executive Compensation And Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Agreements
  • Extra Contractual
  • Bad Faith And Coverage Litigation
  • Federal Black Lung Defense
  • Federal Tax Matters
  • Fiduciary Representation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Formation Or Expansion Of Business
  • General Regulatory And Compliance Matters
  • Guardianship And Conservatorship
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Health Plans
  • Cafeteria Plans And Other Fringe Benefits
  • Insurance Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Succession Planning
  • Land Use And Development
  • Mass Tort And Toxic Tort Defense
  • Medical Records Privacy And Security
  • Mine Safety And Health
  • Defense
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Personal And Business Taxes
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Property Tax
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Sales And Use Tax
  • Securities Law
  • Special Needs Planning
  • State And Local Tax Services
  • Tax Controversies And Litigation
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Business And Corporate
  • Coal
  • Construction Law
  • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Education Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation And Erisa
  • Environmental And Regulatory Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Gaming & Tourism
  • Labor And Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Municipal Bonds And Public Finance
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
Awards and recognitions

Tom Lane Receives Servant Leader Award
Charles Love Receives Justitia Officium Award
Partners Awarded Tax Article of the Year
Bowles Rice Named Client Choice Award Winner
Tom Heywood Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Charleston


In service of these core values, Bowles Rice is committed to fostering diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity among our attorneys, staff, clients and vendors, understanding that doing so enhances the quality of our legal services and enriches our workplace. We understand that diversity provides us with differing perspectives and ideas and new ways to problem solve, and an inclusive environment offers a better scope of legal advice for our clients. Cultivating team members with a range of backgrounds, talents and perspectives not only augments service to our clients and communities, but it is also the right thing to do.

Summer associate program

The Bowles Rice Summer Clerk Program is designed to provide a realistic, informative and well-balanced experience that provides each of our participants with a full picture of our firm, our practice areas and the quality of life in the cities in which we live and work. The program also gives the firm an opportunity to get to know and evaluate each summer clerk as a potential associate upon his or her law school graduation.

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Bowles Rice LLP Headquarters

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV


Bowles Rice LLP Office

480 West Jubal Early Drive ,
Suite 130
Winchester, VA

540-723-8877 phone
540-450-1535 fax


Bowles Rice LLP Office

7000 Hampton Center
Morgantown, WV

304-285-2500 phone
304-285-2530 fax


Bowles Rice LLP Office

Suite 1700 ,
333 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY

859-252-2202 phone
859-259-2927 fax


Bowles Rice LLP Office

United Square, Fifth Floor ,
501 Avery Street
Parkersburg, WV

304-485-8500 phone
304-420-5587 fax

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