J. Mark Adkins

J. Mark Adkins

Bowles Rice LLP

Recognized since 2011

Charleston, West Virginia

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Construction

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
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J. Mark Adkins is a partner in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice and a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. His primary areas of practice include business litigation, commercial and contract disputes, financial services/banking litigation, energy litigation, construction litigation, election law and products liability litigation.

A native of Salt Rock, West Virginia, Mr. Adkins received his J.D. in 1997 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College in 1994.

Mr. Adkins is admitted to practice in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the West Virginia Bar Association and the past President of the Young Lawyers Section. Mr. Adkins has also served as an officer of the Kanawha County Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. He also serves as chairman of the West Virginia State Bar Legal Outreach Committee.

He has been recognized with an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Construction and by Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation.


  • 600 Quarrier Street
    Charleston, WV 25301


  • West Virginia University, J.D., graduated 1997
  • Centre College, BA, graduated 1994

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, The West Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • Kanawha County Bar Association - Past Officer
  • West Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - Past President
  • West Virginia State Bar Lawyer Information and Referral Service Committee - Chairman

Bowles Rice LLP
Headquarters: Charleston, West Virginia

41 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Banking and Finance

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Charleston, WV (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Named Preeminent, AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Construction)
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers (Business Litigation)

Rufus et al. v. The Greenbrier Sporting Club Development Co., Inc. et al., No. 13-0218, 2013 WL 5966996 (W.Va. Supreme Court, November 8, 2013)

(memorandum decision)

W. Virginia Inv. Mgmt. Bd. v. Variable Annuity Life Ins. Co., 234 W. Va. 469, 766 S.E.2d 416 (2014);

State ex rel. McDavid v. Tennant et al., No. 14-0939 (W.Va. Supreme Court, Oct. 1, 2014)

(memorandum decision)

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