Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
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


A member of the Bowles Rice Education Law group, Rebecca Tinder advises, represents and conducts trainings for school districts, regional education service agencies, and multi-county career and technical education centers.

Rebecca also practices in labor and employment law, providing employers preventative advice, training and guidance to stave off lawsuits. She has both conducted and assisted in investigations of employee misconduct and areas of accommodation.

In addition to her experience in education and employment law, Rebecca worked in private practice for more than a decade in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, family law and abuse and neglect.

A trained mediator, Rebecca has extensive experience in civil and family law mediation.

Professional Highlights

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

Representative Cases

  • Grace v. Mingo County Board of Education, No. 15-0525, 2016 WL 870597 (2016) (reinstating withdrawn grievance)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) (timeliness, limiting continuing practice extension)
  • Ellison v. Fayette County Board of Education, No. 14-0344 (2015) (disciplining for off-duty misconduct)

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Education Law)
  • 2017 Education Lawyer of the Year
  • 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)