Charles F. Printz , Jr. - Bowles Rice LLP

Charles F. Printz , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Charles F. Printz, Jr., is a partner in the Martinsburg office of Bowles Rice.  He is a former leader of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Team. He concentrates his practice in all aspects of civil litigation, including business litigation, commercial disputes, employer liability, employment law, condemnation and wrongful death/personal injury. He has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict. 

Mr. Printz is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and serves on the Law and Medicine Committee of the West Virginia State Bar and the Employment Law Subcommittee of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.  He was a member of the American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench) and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (member of the Board of Governors 1980-1985), and is currently a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1972 from the University of Virginia and his law degree in 1975 from West Virginia University College of Law where he served as lead articles editor for the West Virginia Law Review (1974-1975).  He is admitted to practice in West Virginia and the U.S. District Courts for the  Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In 2006, Mr. Printz served as a member of the United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations for the 23rd Judicial Circuit.  He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America in West Virginia in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and bet-the company litigation, and he has been listed in Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation.

In 2008, he was named a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow. Mr. Printz was named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in the northern West Virginia region for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2013) and  Litigation - Construction (2014). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Construction and Litigation - Labor and Employment. He has also been named among “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Commercial Litigation

University of VirginiaBA 1972West Virginia UniversityJ.D. 1975

Case History

State ex rel. City of Martinsburg v. Sanders, 219 W.Va. 228, 632 S.E.2d 914, 2006 WL 1806135, W.Va., June 29, 2006 (No. 32868.) —  (political subdivision has immunity against awards of medical monitoring damages based on common law tort theories)
Desmond v. PNGI, 630 F.3d 351 (4th Cir. 2011) — (unpaid 50% overtime premium held to apply to racing officials in mistaken exemption classification case)
Wilson v. Wilson, 227 W.Va. 157, 706 S.E.2d 354, 35475 (W. Va. 2010) —  (real estate company owned by husband and wife had personal goodwill not subject to equitable distribution; testimony of expert witnesses is not exclusive; profits of a business that are based upon future contingencies or obligations are subject to equitable distribution upon dissolution of a marriage, but only that portion of the profits for work done during the marriage)
Proctor v. 7-Eleven, 180 Fed.Appx. 453, 2006 WL 1373177, C.A.4 (W.Va.), May 18, 2006 (No.05-1598) (CA-02-21-3) — (property owners may not receive temporary diminution of value damages for real estate where restoration from underground contamination at the defendant’s cost will restore value)

Client Comments

"Chazz Printz is the best attorney in the State of West Virginia."

Office Location

101 South Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Morgantown Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Morgantown Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Morgantown Metro Area
Charles F. Printz, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Charles F. Printz, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Charles F. Printz, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Labor and Employment