Charleston, WV
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Charleston, WV 25301
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J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1987)

B.A., Psychology, West Virginia University (1981)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Rebecca M. Tinder


Before joining Bowles Rice, Rebecca Tinder enjoyed a general law practice as both a solo practitioner and as a member of a small firm. In 2000, Rebecca was drawn to Charleston to represent the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education, where she worked cooperatively with the Board and Department in the various areas of education and oversight. During her tenure at the Department, she maintained an open door policy and was instrumental in expanding the Department website to be more user-friendly and to include Superintendent Interpretations and West Virginia Ethics Commission Opinions.

Transitioning back to the private practice of law and into Bowles Rice has allowed Rebecca to travel the state of West Virginia to assist in investigating complaints and representing county boards of education and higher education institutions in the various areas of education and labor law, including personnel, Human Rights Act complaints, sexual harassment complaints, student discipline issues, Ethics Act issues, open meetings law issues, reorganizations and school closures.

To assist in the prevention of complaints, Rebecca is involved in arming administrators, county boards of education and employees with information and advice through one-on-one, small group and large group trainings and workshops. Along with other members of the Education Law Group, she is a regular presenter at the Signature Series Workshops, which provide targeted legal instruction to education administrators in interactive, small group settings.

Rebecca is a member of the Bowles Rice Education Law Group, listed as "Top Tier" in West Virginia for Education Law by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Law Firms.  In addition, Best Lawyers in America designated Rebecca as its 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Education Law in the metro area encompassing southern West Virginia.

In addition to her work with the Education Law Group, Rebecca practices in the area of Labor and Employment law. As with her education practice, she largely focuses on providing employers preventative advice and guidance, extensive employer training and assistance with workplace harassment, employee misconduct and hostile work environment investigations.

Professional Highlights

  • General Counsel to West Virginia State Board of Education and West Virginia Department of Education (2000-2005)

Representative Cases

  • West Virginia Board of Education v. Board of Education of the County of Nicholas, No. 17-0767) (October 10, 2017) (State Board of Education discretion)
  • Louk v. Board of Education of the County of Braxton, No. 16-0321 (February 21, 2017) (probationary/continuing contracts)
  • Stewart v. Lincoln County Board of Education, No. 16-0123 (February 21, 2017) (service employee misclassification)
  • Grace v. Mingo County Board of Education, No. 15-0525, 2016 WL 870597 (2016) (reinstating withdrawn grievance)
  • Straley v. Putnam County Board of Education, No. 15-1207 (2016) (continuing damage/continuing practice)
  • Ellison v. Fayette County Board of Education, No. 14-0344 (2015) (off-duty employee misconduct)

  • Women in the Law, by The Best Lawyers in America ®
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ®, Education Law
  • Best Lawyers in West Virginia
  • 2017 Education Lawyer of the Year
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

  • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow
  • West Virginia State Bar (Animal Law, Education Law and Government Lawyers committees)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • West Virginia Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Former Member, West Virginia Fatality Review Team, Region 1
  • We the People Program (State Coordinator)
  • Faculty Merit Foundation (Secretary)
  • West Virginia Partners of the Americas
  • AdvancED Council
  • Cotillion-Quadrille Club (Former President)