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 130 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.