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.