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  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert B. King, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

B.A., summa cum laude, Virginia Tech (2000)

  • Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2003)

  • Mountain Honorary
  • Moot Court National Team

M.Sc., with merit, Law, Anthropology and Society, The London School of Economics (2006)

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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Peter G. Markham

Special Counsel

Peter G. Markham focuses his legal practice on civil litigation and appeals, government relations, health care and general business advising.

Before joining Bowles Rice, Peter served as General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin from 2012 to 2017, advising his administration on legal and policy matters involving federal and state law, the West Virginia budget, ethics, procurement and crisis management. He served as chairman of the School Building Authority of West Virginia and the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and assisted in the Governor's selection of more than 20 circuit and family court judges as a member of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission.

At Bowles Rice, Peter has represented businesses, state agencies and health care providers in contractual, tort and regulatory disputes. Well versed on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state procurement laws, Peter helps clients navigate document productions and exemptions, as well as bid protests. He also leads the firm's broadband practice group and is a member of the recruiting committee.

Peter’s prior litigation experience includes:

  • Defending a global private equity company and its chairman in wrongful death actions arising out of the Sago Mine Disaster.
  • Defending a labor organization in a class action alleging computer crimes and theft of trade secrets.
  • Defending financial institutions and retailers in commercial litigation, including actions asserted under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.
  • Performing appellate advocacy in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and federal courts in tort, constitutional law, legal malpractice and civil rights matters.

Professional Highlights

  • Served as General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to former West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (2012 - 2017)
  • Member, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce – Government Relations Committee
  • Former West Virginia Representative, Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court