Richard M. Francis - Bowles Rice LLP

Richard M. Francis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 304-347-1116

Richard M. "Kit" Francis is a partner in the Charleston Office and a member of the Commercial and Financial Services Group.  He represents creditors seeking to recover on troubled loans or credits, including bankruptcy proceedings in West Virginia and surrounding states.  As the firm’s principal registered lobbyist, he represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of West Virginia’s state government. 

Mr. Francis was admitted to practice in West Virginia in 1978, earning his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the West Virginia Law Review (1977-1978).  He received his bachelor degree from Amherst College and his master of public administration degree from the University of North Dakota.  He was a U.S. Air Force pilot from 1969 to 1975, and from 1994 to 1999 he was the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.

In 2006, the Supreme Court of the United States decided (6 – 3) in favor of his client in Howard Delivery Service, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 547 U.S. 651, 126 S.Ct. 2105, 165 L.Ed.2d 110 (2006).  Mr. Francis was counsel of record for the Petitioner, Howard Delivery Service, a Chapter 11 debtor. 

He previously served as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee of the West Virginia State Bar (1989-1991), and as Chairman of the Administrative Law Section of the West Virginia Bar Association (1978-1980).

Amherst CollegeAB 1969University of North DakotaMPA 1975West Virginia UniversityJ.D. 1978

Client Comments

"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

"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
Director of Debt Management
Summit Financial Group, Inc.

"He is great to work with and really has a great relationship with legislators."

-Joe Ellison
West Virginia Bankers Association

Office Location

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations Practice of the Charleston-WV Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations Practice of the Charleston-WV Metro Area
Richard M. Francis has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Richard M. Francis has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Committee Representation, Consumer, Creditor Committees, Creditors' Rights, Foreclosures, Workouts and Restructurings)
Government Relations Practice (Banking, Government Affairs, Legislative, Lobbying, State Lobbying)