Bowles Rice LLP

Corporate/Commercial Department

West Virginia
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Bowles Rice lawyers assist our clients through every phase of the business life cycle, from startup counseling and general corporate matters to angel and venture capital financings, mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses. We are proud to represent small businesses and Fortune 500 companies throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and the surrounding region. We are experienced in structuring, negotiating and documenting all types of business transactions. Our engagement often begins as early as the business planning stage, before a company has even been formed. This early assistance helps us guide our clients past many of the pitfalls that await an early stage company.
As our clients’ businesses grow and their needs become more complex, we work in multi-practice teams to provide the most experienced, creative and insightful advice on any issue that may arise.

We assist clients in all aspects of their businesses, including:

  • Entity selection​
  • Company formation
  • Business structuring
  • Corporate governance
  • Business and tax planning
  • Mergers
  • Stock sales and purchases
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Joint ventures
  • Reorganizations
  • Succession planning
  • Partnership transactions
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Licensing and contracts
  • Employment agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Intellectual property licenses
  • Vendor agreements
  • Sales terms and conditions
  • Manufacturing and distribution agreements


Heywood, Thomas A (Head of Department)

Boone, Floyd

Bragg, Jeremy

Cook, Kayla

D'Antoni, Mark

DeJarnett, David

Earley, J. Fred

Frame, Elizabeth

Frankovitch, W. Taylor

Fusco, Andrew

Hagedorn, Jennifer

Hardman, Steven

Hines, Craig

Hudson, Richard

Hughes, Charles

Hunter, Roger

Kent, Ryan

London, Eric

Love, III, Charles

Malcolm, Brock

Markham, Peter

Martin, J. Breckinridge

Maxwell-Hoffman, Ellen

McCune, James

Monteleone, Marc

Oblak, Rebecca

Pearcy, Thompson

Proudfoot, Drew

Shank, Julie

Tawney, Amy J

Thomas, Benjamin

Wilson, C. Seth


Banking & Financial Services

Banking Mergers and Acquisitions

Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

Economic Development

Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA

Financial Services Litigation

Government Relations

Intellectual Property Litigation

Labor and Employment

Municipal Bonds and Public Finance

Real Estate


Workers' Compensation