Gerard R. Stowers - Bowles Rice LLP

Gerard R. Stowers

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 304-347-1112

Gerard R. Stowers is a partner in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice and serves as chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.  His primary practice areas include commercial and general civil litigation.  He has nearly 35 years of experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, personal injury defense, automotive cases, work-place accidents, including mining, construction law, commercial disputes, personal injury defense, products liability, legal malpractice defense and employer liability litigation. 

Mr. Stowers is listed in Chambers USA’s Recommended Business Lawyers, as well as Best Lawyers in America in six categories:  bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law - defendants, litigation - construction, litigation - real estate, and personal injury litigation - defendants. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year in the southern West Virginia region. 

His litigation experience includes more than 100 civil jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, as well as appeals before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and has lectured and written on various substantive procedural, evidentiary and discovery issues. 

Active in a number of professional organizations, Mr. Stowers is a charter member and current officer of the West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, West Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Kanawha County Bar Association.  He is the firm’s Risk Management Chair, handling conflicts, insurance coverage and firm claim avoidance. 

Mr. Stowers received his bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from West Virginia University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He is a 1976 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif, a member of the Order of Barristers and Articles Editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

West Virginia UniversityBA 1973West Virginia University

Client Comments

"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
Executive Claims Counsel
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

Office Location

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Charleston-WV Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Charleston-WV Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Charleston-WV Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Charleston-WV Metro Area
Gerard R. Stowers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Gerard R. Stowers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Gerard R. Stowers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Gerard R. Stowers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Insurance)
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (Insurance)
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Real Estate
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Insurance, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice)

Other Information

Gender: Male