Sandra M. Murphy

Sandra M. Murphy


Bowles Rice LLP

Recognized since 2003

Charleston, West Virginia

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law

Corporate Compliance Law

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2009 - Banking and Finance Law
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Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School (1986)
    • Notes Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
    • B.A., Yale University (1981)

      Bar Admissions

      • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
      • U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit
      • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia

        Affiliations

        • American Bar Association
        • West Virginia State Bar
        • West Virginia Bar Association
        • Kanawha County Bar Association
        • West Virginia Bankers Association
        • Chair, PIECES Advisory Council
        • Co-Chair, George Washington High School Parent Involvement Council
        • Member, Citizen's Council on Children and Families
        • Member, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Development Committee
        • Past Member, Covenant House Finance Committee
        • Past Chair, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees and Development Committee
        • Past Member, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Operations and Scholarship Committees
        • Past Member, Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce Women’s Planning Committee
        • Past Member, State Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts

          Professional Highlights

          • West Virginia Lawyer of the Year for Banking by Best Lawyers in America (2009)
          • Named to Best Lawyers in America (Banking Law; Corporate Governance & Compliance Law; Corporate Law)
          • Recognized by Chamber’s USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers
          • Selected as West Virginia Super Lawyer

Location

  • 600 Quarrier Street
    Charleston, WV 25301

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School , J.D., graduated 1986
  • Yale University , BA, graduated 1981

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, The West Virginia State Bar

Bowles Rice LLP
Headquarters: Charleston, West Virginia

44 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2009 - Banking and Finance Law

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

  • Banking and Finance Law, Charleston, WV (2020)
  • Corporate Law, Charleston, WV (2018)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Charleston, WV (2017)
  • Financial Services Regulation Law, Charleston, WV (2016)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Charleston, WV (2015)
  • Financial Services Regulation Law, Charleston, WV (2013)
  • Corporate Law, Charleston, WV (2012)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Charleston, WV (2009)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Regulatory
  • Securities
  • Transactions

Awards:

  • AV Peer-Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year for the southern West Virginia region
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year for the southern West Virginia region
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2009 Banking Law Lawyer of the Year for the southern West Virginia region
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law)
  • Listed in Chamber’s USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers for Corporate/Commercial Law - Banking & Finance
  • Selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer in Banking (2007-2013)

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"I have worked with Sandy for over 20 years. She is, in my opinion, the top banking lawyer in WV. She has been instrumental in helping us achieve legislative changes that put us on parity with Bank Holding Companies and National Banks. Not only would I recommend her to a prospective client, I have."

- Steve Morris (Jefferson Security Bank), Shepherdstown, WV

"Sandra is great at researching each issue."

- Joe Ellison (West Virginia Bankers Association)

"Sandra Murphy provides, without question, the best banking counsel in West Virginia."

- Robert Tissue (Summit Financial Group, Inc.), Moorefield, WV

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