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


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.

In addition to her experience in education 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.

She is a trained mediator, with 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  • Grace v. Mingo County Board of Education, No. 15-0525, 2016 WL 870597 (2016) (reinstating withdrawn grievance)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)