Charleston, WV
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Charleston, WV 25301
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J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1976)

  • Articles Editor, The West Virginia Law Review

B.A., magna cum laude, West Virginia University (1973)

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Gerard R. Stowers

Partner

Gerard R. Stowers has 40 years of experience in all aspects of business and civil litigation. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes, construction law, business disputes, legal malpractice defense and coal, oil and gas litigation. 

Gerry’s litigation experience includes more than 100 civil jury and bench trials in federal and state courts as well as appeals before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

He is the firm’s General Counsel and Risk Management Chair, handling conflicts, insurance coverage and firm claim avoidance.

Professional Highlights

  • Bowles Rice General Counsel and Firm Risk Management Chair
  • Former President and Charter Member, West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel
  • Fellow, West Virginia State Bar Foundation
  • Exceptional Performance Citation, DRI (2011-2012)

Representative Reported Cases

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Appearances and Arguments

  • West Virginia Investment Management Board, et al. v. The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, 766 S.E. 2d 416; 2014 W. Va.
  • Wood v. Acordia of WV, Inc., No. 31863, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 217 W. Va. 406; 618 S.E. 2d 415; 2005 W. Va. LEXIS 99
  • Calhoun v. Traylor, No. 32526, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 218 W. Va. 154, 624 S.E.2d 501 (2005)
  • Barefield v. DPIC Cos., No. 31226, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 600 S.E.2d 256; 2004 W. Va. LEXIS 72, September 23, 2003
  • Dunn v. Watson, Nos. 30249 and 30250, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 211 W. Va. 418; 566 S.E.2d 305; 2002 W. Va. LEXIS 91, May 22, 2002
  • State ex rel. Bell Atlantic-West Virginia v. Ranson, No. 23942, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 201 W. Va. 402; 497 S.E.2d 755; 1997 W. Va. LEXIS 177; 1997-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) P71, 907, March 25, 1997
  • Persinger v. Peabody Coal Co., No. 23023, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 196 W. Va. 707; 474 S.E.2d 887; 1996 W. Va. LEXIS 146, February 27, 1996
  • G Corp. v. MackJo, Inc., No. 22840, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 195 W. Va. 752; 466 S.E.2d 820; 1995 W. Va. LEXIS 259, September 20, 1995
  • Jordan v. Ravenswood Aluminum Corp., No. 22306, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 193 W. Va. 192; 455 S.E.2d 561; 1995 W. Va. LEXIS 4, January 18, 1995
  • State ex rel. Chesapeake & Potomac Tel. Co. v. Ashworth, No. 21930, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 190 W. Va. 547; 438 S.E.2d 890; 1993 W. Va. LEXIS 216, November 30, 1993
  • Hanlon v. Joy Mfg. Co., No. 20673, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 187 W. Va. 280; 418 S.E.2d 594; 1992 W. Va. LEXIS 103, May 6, 1992
  • Anderson v. Nichols, No. 17336, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 178 W. Va. 284; 359 S.E.2d 17; 1987 W. Va. LEXIS 573, June 16, 1987
  • West Va. Chiropractic Soc'y v. Merritt, No. 17266, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 178 W. Va. 173; 358 S.E.2d 432; 1987 W. Va. LEXIS 549
  • Gullett v. Burton, No. 16567, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 176 W. Va. 447; 345 S.E.2d 323; 1986 W. Va. LEXIS 492, June 10, 1986
  • Adkins v. Slater, No. 15576, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 171 W. Va. 203; 298 S.E.2d 236; 1982 W. Va. LEXIS 936, December 1, 1982
  • Environmental Prods. Co. v. Duncan, No. 15203, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 168 W. Va. 349; 285 S.E.2d 889; 1981 W. Va. LEXIS 825, December 2, 1981
  • Leasetronics, Inc. v. Charleston Area Medical Ctr., No. 14182, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 165 W.Va. 773; 271 S.E.2d 608; 1980 W. Va. LEXIS 593, November 5, 1980
  • Blair v. Freeburn Coal Corp., No. 13867, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 163 W. Va. 23; 253 S.E.2d 547;1979 W. Va. LEXIS 364, April 10, 1979
  • In re Estate of Hereford, No. 14258, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 162 W. Va. 477; 250 S.E.2d 45; 1978 W. Va. LEXIS 361, December 19, 1978

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Appearances and Arguments

  • Wood v. Wood, No. 10-1946, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 426 Fed.Appx. 197, 2011 WL 1636931 (C.A.4 (W. Va.))
  • McGough v. Nalco Co., No. 06-1466, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Unpublished), Argued: September 18, 2006; Decided: October 19, 2006, lower opinion, 496 F.Supp.2d 729 (N.D. W. Va. 2007)
  • McCorkle v. DPIC Cos., No. 01-2402, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 38 Fed. Appx. 910; 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 12681, June 20, 2002
  • McCorkle v. DPIC Cos., No. 99-1229, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 13 Fed. Appx. 131; 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 15022, October 30, 2000
  • Garrett v. TRW, Inc., No. 94-1188, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 43 F.3d 1466; 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 40022, November 1, 1994, Argued, December 14, 1994
  • Bright v. QSP, Inc., No. 93-1001, No. 93-1081, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 20 F.3d 1300; 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 6436; 23 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d (Callaghan) 871, December 8, 1993, Argued, April 5, 1994
  • Hurt v. Capitol Fuels, Inc., No. 92-1724, No. 92-1831, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1993 U.S. App. LEXIS 12499, February 3, 1993, Argued, May 26, 1993
  • Bright v. Coastal Lumber Co., No. 91-2340, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 962 F.2d 365; 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 9821; 120 Oil & Gas Rep. 130, December 3, 1991, Argued, May 6, 1992
  • Thomas v. Capitol Fuels, Inc., No. 90-3193, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1991 U.S. App. LEXIS 24784, May 7, 1991, Argued, October 18, 1991
  • Stevens v. Harrold, No. 90-1078, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1991 U.S. App. LEXIS 22505, February 6, 1991, Argued, September 27, 1991
  • Pittsburgh Terminal Corp. v. Mid Allegheny Corp., No. 86-1194, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 831 F.2d 522; 1987 U.S. App. LEXIS 14061, January 6, 1987
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Real Estate; and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Named Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year in the southern West Virginia region (2016, Litigation - Construction; 2014, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants and 2012, Litigation - Construction)
  • Recognized in Litigation:  General Commercial by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2007-present
  • Named a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation
  • West Virginia University College of Law Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers
  • Named to America's Top 100 Attorneys®
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (Former Officer)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute