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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. The recent 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.