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Bowles Rice LLP


600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
United States
(304) 347.1100

Firm Details

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 110 attorneys and a staff of more than 150 professionals, serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and throughout the world.  With the addition of a fifth West Virginia office (in Wheeling), as well as our office in Southpointe, Pennsylvania, allows us to better serve our clients in the oil and gas industry who are working in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale regions.

Other Bowles Rice offices in West Virginia are located in Charleston (West Virginia's capital city); Morgantown (home to West Virginia University); Parkersburg (on the WV-Ohio border); and Martinsburg (located less than an hour's drive from Washington, DC as well as the borders of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania).  The firm also has an office in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in Winchester, the county seat of Frederick County.

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 corporate and commercial law and litigation; mergers and acquisitions; labor and employment law; federal, state and local tax law; government relations; employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA; environmental and regulatory law; municipal bonds and public finance; workers' compensation (employers' defense); bankruptcy and creditors'/debtors' rights; and insurance defense. 

We provide legal services and dispute resolution to clients in such key industry groups as banking and financial services; energy and natural resources (oil, natural gas and coal); manufacturing; chemical; construction; education; health care; commercial real estate development and hospitality, gaming and tourism. 

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. 

Bowles Rice attorneys are active leaders in the business community, as well as charitable, educational, civic and community organizations throughout our region.


Thomas A. Heywood
Managing Partner

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in West Virginia in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in West Virginia in Trusts and Estates with 4 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Martinsburg with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Parkersburg with 6 lawyers


Sandra M. Murphy
Ellen Maxwell-Hoffman
Commercial and Financial Services
Kenneth E. Webb, Jr.
Construction Law
Julia A. Chincheck
Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
Thomas A. Heywood
Economic Development
Howard E. Seufer, Jr.
Education Law
Melody A. Simpson
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA
C. Seth Wilson
Thomas A. Heywood
Government Relations
Aaron Boone
Insurance Defense
C. Chilton Wise, III
Intellectual Property
Stuart A. McMillan
Diana L. Johnson
Mass & Toxic Torts
Rebecca J. Oblak
Mine Safety & Health
Camden P. Siegrist
Municipal Bonds & Public Finance
C. Seth Wilson
Oil & Gas Law
Stuart McMillan
Product Liability Litigation
Stephen M. Mathias
Real Estate
Ronda L. Harvey
Workplace Safety and Employers' Liability
Brock Malcolm
Health Care Law
(304) 285-2516
Ronda L. Harvey
Labor and Employment

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Education Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Media Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mining Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Office Locations

United States

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Canonsburg, PA

Southpointe Town Center, Suite 200

1800 Main Street

Canonsburg, PA 15317

United States

(724) 514.8915

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Winchester, VA

480 West Jubal Early Drive, Suite 130

Winchester, VA 22601

United States

(540) 723.8877

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West Virginia

West Virginia

Charleston, WV

600 Quarrier Street

Charleston, WV 25301

United States

(304) 347.1100

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Martinsburg, WV

101 South Queen Street

Martinsburg, WV 25401

United States

(304) 263.0836

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Morgantown, WV

University Town Center, Suite 400

125 Granville Square

Morgantown, WV 26501

United States

(304) 285.2500

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Parkersburg, WV

United Square, Fifth Floor

501 Avery Street

Parkersburg, WV 26101

United States

(304) 485.8500

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Wheeling, WV

1217 Chapline Street

Wheeling, WV 26003

United States

(304) 230.1800

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