Bowles Rice LLP
Bowles Rice LLP

Bowles Rice LLP

5 Star Rating     1 review 
Main Office:

600 Quarrier Street | Charleston | WV | 25301

Phone: 304-347-1100 | Fax: 304-343-2867

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Year of establishment 1920 Number of partners 62
Number of offices 3 Partner to associate ratio 2.20
Biggest office Charleston Percentage of women attorneys 18.20
Number of attorneys 107
Number of associates 28
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Bowles Rice LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Even though it's a small complaint, I do think that maybe a short course on social interactions with clients and the community is something the firm can benefit from.

Pros: I've worked for a few law firms in the past, but this has to be hands down the most professional one I have worked for. The associates I work with are some of the best and sharpest individuals I've had the pleasure of working with, in any field of work. The firm has a great reputation among the areas of law we practice. This explains the level of expertise that exists at the firm. I think this is a place where a lawyer who is passionate about their job, like me, will find it to be a great place to work to continue to challenge themselves.

Cons: As great as the firm is when it comes to service, I do think that unfortunately, there is sometimes too much of an emphasis on the end goal of a case instead of trying to connect with the clients on a personal level. I don't think it is anything negative, but I do think that since we handle very sensitive cases sometimes, some associates need to do their best to also try to see the human side of some of the cases.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Bowles Rice is a professional service organization, contributing to the success of our clients and the vitality of our communities through advocacy, counsel, leadership and service. Our firm was founded in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1920 by three lawyers engaged in the general practice of law. Through success, expansion and merger, we have grown to become a full-service law firm with more than 130 attorneys serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia – and throughout the nation – from seven strategically located, regional offices. We are committed to quality and professionalism in all that we do. Our firm has earned the highest AV peer-review ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, long considered the authoritative resource on the legal profession. U.S. News & World Report, in its 2015 Best Law Firms publication, ranks Bowles Rice as "First Tier" in more than 30 different areas of law in West Virginia. Chambers and Partners, a well-respected global peer-ranking organization, lists Bowles Rice among its "Top Ranked" law firms, and noted in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, "This fine team garners universal praise for its depth of experience and resources, thus maintaining its position among the front runners of the West Virginia market." The 2016 roster of The Best Lawyers in America® includes 53 Bowles Rice attorneys.

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Bowles Rice LLP Awards and Recognitions

Tom Lane Receives Servant Leader Award

Charles Love Receives Justitia Officium Award

Partners Awarded Tax Article of the Year

Bowles Rice Named Client Choice Award Winner

Tom Heywood Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Charleston


In service of these core values, Bowles Rice is committed to fostering diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity among our attorneys, staff, clients and vendors, understanding that doing so enhances the quality of our legal services and enriches our workplace. We understand that diversity provides us with differing perspectives and ideas and new ways to problem solve, and an inclusive environment offers a better scope of legal advice for our clients. Cultivating team members with a range of backgrounds, talents and perspectives not only augments service to our clients and communities, but it is also the right thing to do.

Summer associate program

The Bowles Rice Summer Clerk Program is designed to provide a realistic, informative and well-balanced experience that provides each of our participants with a full picture of our firm, our practice areas and the quality of life in the cities in which we live and work. The program also gives the firm an opportunity to get to know and evaluate each summer clerk as a potential associate upon his or her law school graduation.

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