Our firm began in Charleston, West Virginia in 1920 with three lawyers engaged in general practice. It has grown, through expansions and mergers, into a regional full-service law firm with more than 120 attorneys and a staff of more than 150 professionals, serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and throughout the world.  Our growth continues, with new offices in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Southpointe, Pennsylvania, to serve our clients - including those in the oil and gas industry - who are working in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale regions.

As our firm has expanded, we have continued to adhere to the values of our firm mission:

"We will strive for our clients’ success as our own, and improve lives and opportunities in the communities we serve."

As a full-service firm committed to meeting the needs of our clients, Bowles Rice offers a wide range of legal services, including energy and natural resources law, including mine safety and health; banking law; business and commercial litigation; construction law and litigation; bankruptcy and creditors'/debtors' rights; corporate and commercial law; education law; employers' legal services and litigation; government relations; insurance defense; health care law; real estate law; federal, state and local taxation; trusts and estate planning; and workers compensation. 

Our state-of-the-art technology, including in-house video conferencing, allows us to serve clients in a secure, timely and efficient manner from virtually anywhere.  Our IT staff uses off-the-shelf and custom resources to meet the needs of our attorneys and clients.

Bowles Rice attorneys are active participants in the business community, as well as charitable, educational, civic and community organizations throughout our region.

Main Location

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-347-1100
7 offices

Firm Attorneys

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F. Thomas Graff, Jr. F. Thomas Graff, Jr. Bowles Rice LLP
Practicing in: Oil and Gas Law
Practicing in: Oil and Gas Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Trusts and Estates with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Bet-the-Company Litigation with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Corporate Governance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Litigation - Construction with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Parkersburg, West Virginia with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Charleston, West Virginia in Workers' Compensation Law - Employers with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Martinsburg, West Virginia in Litigation - Construction with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Charleston, West Virginia in Litigation - Construction with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Charleston, West Virginia in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Martinsburg, West Virginia in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Martinsburg, West Virginia in Corporate Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Martinsburg, West Virginia in Trusts and Estates with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Charleston, West Virginia in Education Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Charleston, West Virginia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Martinsburg, West Virginia in Tax Law with 2 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Trusts and Estates with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Bet-the-Company Litigation with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Corporate Governance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in West Virginia in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 3 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "I have worked with Andy Fusco on many matters over the last 15 years or so. He has always brought great energy and skill to each and every case. My practice is national, and the local experience of lawyers like Mr. Fusco is invaluable to me. He is truly one of the best! Dan Myers"
    - Dan Myers, Esq.
    Attorney at Law
    "Andy Fusco is among the most talented, resourceful, and effective practitioners I have ever encountered. Mr. Fusco routinely exceeds expectations and his knack for devising and implementing creative solutions to complex problems is without peer. Some of this issues Mr. Fusco represented my organizations on were complex and unusual. Each and every time Mr. Fusco helped us to dissect the issue and develop an approach and strategy which, without exception, translated into outstanding results for my organization. Based upon his experience and skills alone, I would not hesitate to recommend Andy Fusco to any organization in need of expert legal counsel. But there is much more to Andy Fusco than simply the technical aspects of the law. Mr. Fusco is generous with his time and he exhibits sincere concern for the predicaments in which his clients find themselves. Andy is a good person whom has always earned my trust and confidence. It is not unusual for Andy's clients to receive calls from him late into the evening as he toils on their behalf. If it is important to his client, then it is important to Andy Fusco. In closing, Andy Fusco is a truly exemplary attorney but his clients will always most appreciate him for his wisdom, compassion, and above all his "good counsel." I am proud to recommend Mr. Andrew Fusco."
    - David Satterfield
    West Virginia University Research Corporation
    "Mr. Fusco is a thoughtful, client-focused attorney who brings intellect and quality judgment to client problem solving and to achieving efficient, effective results."
    "Andy Fusco is simply one of the finest lawyers I have ever known."
    "Mr. Wilson has been very responsive in communications and provides great service in carrying out the duties of his professional engagement. He possesses a high degree of expertise and effectively utilizes the other professional resources of his firm to the benefit of his clients. He has maintained a high level of confidentiality and integrity in his representation of Bank and its respective clients. "
    - Greg Lee
    First United Bank & Trust
    "Mr. Wilson is an excellent attorney. He has the highest level of experience, timeliness in responding, and complexion of cases assigned. Seth has the highest understanding of what is required when working with the bank."
    - William Rohrbaugh
    First United Bank & Trust
    "Seth Wilson is hands down the best Real Estate Law attorney I have encountered over the years. He is always accessible, bills fairly, and strives to make a deal happen for his clients."
    - Christopher Rusch
    Dan Ryan Builders, Inc.
    "C. Seth Wilson brings significant experience and professional perspective to transactions. He is understanding and informative. "
    "Seth Wilson has been very professional and has responded in a timely manner, which is the key to our business needs. "
    "Camden Siegrist has for many years provided Berkeley County with excellent service through his thoughtful and comprehensive analyses of financial transactions to which the County has been a party. His advice and counsel and his transactional expertise have served to strengthen Berkeley County's ability to grow and to build on its recognized fiscally responsible actions. His guidance and help has been a valuable part of our progress over the years."
    - Norwood Bentley, III Esq.
    Berkeley County Government
    "Carl Andrews is excellent."
    "Chazz Printz is the best attorney in the State of West Virginia."
    "Ellen Maxwell-Hoffman is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys that I have had the privilege to work with. Her comprehension of legal issues and attention to detail is impressive. I would recommend her to anyone."
    - Tim Bailey
    K.S. of West Virginia Co., Ltd.
    "Attorney Tom Graff has served as a trustee for trusts that I have established for my children. In addition, he has served as a valued business and legal advisor to our companies for over 40 years. It is rare that I have ever made a significant business decision without input from Attorney Tom Graff. Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love is a well-respected law firm, and they bring credibility to various matters when they represent us."
    - William Bright
    Bright Enterprises
    "Mr. Graff is a real professional. He gets it done."
    "Kin Sayre continues to provide mandated training for the Municipal Courts in WV. He has developed the instruction manual for the State Municipal League and continues to do a tremendous job on continuing education updates as well as the elementary practice/ procedure to answer the state mandated requirements. His understanding of the local government operations make him a resource we choose not to be without."
    - Lisa Dooley
    West Virginia Municipal League
    "If Floyd M. Sayre could be cloned, his firm would be No. 1 in the nation. His level of knowledge is unmatched and his ability to develop, lead and deliver training seminars is remarkable. Evaluations from his training are always at the top."
    "Gerry Stowers has always provided excellent results for me and our insureds. Gerry is tenacious, without being myopic, and is always able to craft creative and realistic solutions to cases. If the case must be tired, Gerry utilizes state of the art technology to assist him while employing clear communication to get his message across."
    - Raymond C. Rubino
    XL Design Professional
    "Gerald Stowers has the total trust and confidence of our company. We defer to his legal wisdom on many issues, and he expertly assists in our decision making. The investment we make with Gerry and Bowles Rice has paid dividends many times over."
    - John Skidmore II
    Skidmore Development
    "Howard holds the distinction of being the state's top education lawyer. There are no distinct "seconds.""
    "John Moore has a relaxed and engaging communication style that creates a comfortable atmosphere for conversation."
    - Louise Reese
    West Virginia Primary Care Association
    "Mr. Moore provides thoughtful advice, responds timely and is a friend to the organization. In many ways, the success of our organization is due to his skill and dedication."
    "Mr. John Moore serves as Corporate Counsel to our insurance company, as much a part of the team as any of our staff. His leadership is valuable and his dedication to our mission has been beyond belief. I greatly value his input and plan to have a long-term relationship with him and his firm."
    "Mr. Moore has been an invaluable asset for our company. He has guided us through a difficult start-up and has been a strategic partner for our board and officers. His depth of dedication to this company has been outstanding and we involve him in every aspect of our operations. He has truly been an important part of our team."
    "Lynn Clarke is a pleasure to work with. She is smart, responsive and very pragmatic in her approach. Refreshing!"
    - Lois Spreen
    "Lynn has a deep understanding of the ever-changing Employee Benefits Law. She is always knowledgeable of the changes in the law and potential pitfalls that employers can face. She is very responsive to requests and detailed in her evaluations. I feel very confident referring clients to Lynn."
    - Melissa K. Oliverio, JD
    Northwestern Mutual
    "Lynn Clarke is a pleasure to work with. She is extremely pleasant at all times. She makes sure that she provides us with very thorough, researched, and organized findings and always makes certain to include well-thought-of legal recommendations. I have definitely learned a lot from Lynn and will definitely continue working with her in all matters concerning benefits, rewards, and taxes. "
    "Mark D'Antoni was outstanding in his approach. He clearly was very experienced and wasted no time in helping me develop a plan of action to see a particular situation through to closure. He returned calls, e-mail, and other correspondence very quickly and was available whenever I needed to discuss things with him."
    - Linda Granacher
    n/a
    "Mark is extremely conscientious, thorough, and professional. His advice and guidance are always sound and well communicated. When in doubt, Mark readily queries the pool of exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Bowles Rice. The follow-up is timely and complete. I am always impressed with his ability to quickly grasp and comprehend the variety of issues we've presented him with. His demeanor enables him to have credibility with clients and adversaries. He's a pleasure to work with!"
    - Andrea Smart
    Goodrich Corporation
    "Mark Dellinger provides solid advice in a timely fashion."
    "Melody Simpson is extremely responsive to requests for her advice and counsel. She makes sure that she has completely researched the problem or concern and provides us with legal alternatives to deal with them."
    - Becky Ceperley
    The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
    "I have had the honor of working closely with Melody Simpson over the past 10+ years on very complicated public pension and tax matters. Ms. Simpson is very diligent and thorough in her research and legal recommendations. I routinely throw various curveball situations her way, and her response always hits it out of the park. "
    - Terasa Miller
    West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board
    "Melody Simpson is extremely knowledgeable with a high level of experience. She has an excellent standing in the community and legal profession."
    - Becky Ceperley
    The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
    "She has been our lawyer for over five years. She has a wonderful understanding of our legal situation. She is very timely in her responses to us. She is one of only two lawyers in the state with significant experience in nonprofit law. She is extremely ethical. She and Lesley Russo are the only lawyers I would recommend a nonprofit use."
    - Becky Ceperley
    The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
    "I have found Michael Keller to be excellent to work with over a number of years. He is very knowledgeable, thorough, does timely work at a reasonable cost, and is very effective in explaining various situations when needed. Mike Keller is particularly good at paying attention to all details with nothing left to chance."
    - Richard S. Wachtel
    Shenandoah Communications
    "Michael Keller is excellent."
    "He is one of the best in his field. Richard Francis is great to work with and one of the hardest working lawyers around."
    - Joe Ellison
    West Virginia Bankers Association
    "He is great to work with and really has a great relationship with legislators."
    - Joe Ellison
    West Virginia Bankers Association
    "Mr. Francis is the ultimate professional, especially as it pertains to government relations and lobbying. We have known and worked with him for a lengthy period of time and have nothing but praise for his knowledge, ethics, and willingness to work. Lastly, he is the perfect gentleman."
    - Murray W. Jones
    Reynolds American Inc.
    "Mr. Francis has represented my firm on many, many occasions over the period of several years. His knowledge base and professional courtesy have been a large part of why I continue to utilize his services."
    - Tina L. Martin
    Summit Financial Group, Inc.
    "Robert Dinsmore is experienced, honest, respected, and very professional. Overall, he is a great attorney and individual. I recommend him without hesitation."
    "Sandra is great at researching each issue."
    - Joe Ellison
    West Virginia Bankers Association
    "I have worked with Sandy for over 20 years. She is, in my opinion, the top banking lawyer in WV. She has been instrumental in helping us achieve legislative changes that put us on parity with Bank Holding Companies and National Banks. Not only would I recommend her to a prospective client, I have."
    - Steve Morris
    Jefferson Security Bank
    "Sandra Murphy provides, without question, the best banking counsel in West Virginia."
    - Robert Tissue
    Summit Financial Group, Inc.
    "Mr. Stephen Mathias has represented my firm on many occasions over the period of several years. His knowledge base and professional courtesy have been a large part of why I continue to utilize his services."
    - Tina L. Martin
    Summit Financial Group, Inc.
    "Steven Hardman is very professional, very knowledgeable, very timely, and great with customers."
    - Todd Cunningham
    WesBanco Bank, Inc.
    "Steven Hardman is very professional and a true business partner."
    "Steven Hardman is very professional, timely, and customer friendly."
    "Tom Heywood is one of the most respected attorneys in West Virginia. He is widely sought after as a lawyer and a speaker in any subject of law. He is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met."
    - Joe Ellison
    West Virginia Bankers Association
    "Mr. Heywood is a respected source of information and guidance for our insurance company. He has guided our board and senior officers in governance and regulatory issues that would swamp a lesser attorney. His remarks are always well thought out and fact based -- he is a counselor in every sense of that word. He brings intellectual honesty to every situation -- a trait that makes him a giant in the legal community of our state."
    "Thomas Heywood is an outstanding attorney and a person with the highest standards of integrity. He is one of the best anywhere."
    "Mr. Thomas Heywood is one of the most respected attorneys (and leaders) in West Virginia. His contacts and insights are peerless and have been of great value to our insurance company. I strongly support Mr. Heywood and his firm."
    "Tracey Rohrbaugh is the most knowledgeable lawyer I have ever worked with when it comes to construction building practices and procedures. I don't have to explain to Tracey the engineering side of construction procedure. She knows exactly what I am talking about when discussing items such as structural details and the loads associated with the building. I really enjoy working with Tracey because she is very professional and has a great skill set for construction litigation."
    - James A. Amenta
    Amenta & Sons General Contractors
    "I have worked with Andy Fusco on many matters over the last 15 years or so. He has always brought great energy and skill to each and every case. My practice is national, and the local experience of lawyers like Mr. Fusco is invaluable to me. He is truly one of the best! Dan Myers"
    - Dan Myers, Esq.
    Attorney at Law
    "Andy Fusco is among the most talented, resourceful, and effective practitioners I have ever encountered. Mr. Fusco routinely exceeds expectations and his knack for devising and implementing creative solutions to complex problems is without peer. Some of this issues Mr. Fusco represented my organizations on were complex and unusual. Each and every time Mr. Fusco helped us to dissect the issue and develop an approach and strategy which, without exception, translated into outstanding results for my organization. Based upon his experience and skills alone, I would not hesitate to recommend Andy Fusco to any organization in need of expert legal counsel. But there is much more to Andy Fusco than simply the technical aspects of the law. Mr. Fusco is generous with his time and he exhibits sincere concern for the predicaments in which his clients find themselves. Andy is a good person whom has always earned my trust and confidence. It is not unusual for Andy's clients to receive calls from him late into the evening as he toils on their behalf. If it is important to his client, then it is important to Andy Fusco. In closing, Andy Fusco is a truly exemplary attorney but his clients will always most appreciate him for his wisdom, compassion, and above all his "good counsel." I am proud to recommend Mr. Andrew Fusco."
    - David Satterfield
    West Virginia University Research Corporation
    "Mr. Fusco is a thoughtful, client-focused attorney who brings intellect and quality judgment to client problem solving and to achieving efficient, effective results."
    "Andy Fusco is simply one of the finest lawyers I have ever known."

    Bowles Rice LLP

    Main Location

    600 Quarrier Street
    Charleston, WV 25301
    Phone: 304-347-1100
    7 offices

    Management

    Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Banking
    304-347-1131
    Commercial and Financial Services
    304-347-1186
    Construction Law
    304-347-1737
    Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
    304-347-1713
    Economic Development
    304-347-1702
    Education Law
    304-347-1776
    Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA
    304-347-1755
    Energy
    304-285-2531
    Environmental Law
    304-347-1726
    Government Relations
    304-347-1702
    Health Care Law
    304-347-1716
    Insurance Defense
    304-420-5501
    Intellectual Property
    304-285-2509
    Labor and Employment
    304-347-1178
    Litigation
    304-347-1110
    Mass & Toxic Torts
    304-347-1723
    Mine Safety & Health
    304-285-2508
    Municipal Bonds & Public Finance
    304-347-1129
    Oil & Gas Law
    304-285-2531
    Product Liability Litigation
    304-347-1110
    Real Estate
    304-264-4234
    Workers' Compensation
    304-347-1784
    Workplace Safety and Employers' Liability
    304-347-1701

    Personnel

    Partners: 71
    Of Counsel: 6
    Associates: 33
    Other Lawyers: 8
    Paralegals: 23
    Non-Legal Employees: 95

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Education Law
    Elder Law
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Environmental Law
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Insurance Law
    International Arbitration - Commercial
    Labor Law - Management
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - First Amendment
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
    Media Law
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mining Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Oil and Gas Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Public Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers