Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1116
F: (304) 343-3058
  • Former Law Clerk to West Virginia Senate Committee (Energy, Industry and Mining)

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1978)

  • Managing Editor, The West Virginia Law Review

M.P.A., University of North Dakota (1975)

A.B., Amherst College (1969)

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Richard M. Francis


Richard M. “Kit” Francis represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of West Virginia’s state government. He also represents creditors seeking to recover on troubled loans or credits, including bankruptcy proceedings in West Virginia and surrounding states. 

In 2006, the Supreme Court of the United States decided (6 – 3) in favor of Kit’s client in Howard Delivery Service, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 547 U.S. 651, 126 S.Ct. 2105, 165 L.Ed.2d 110 (2006).  Kit was counsel of record for the Petitioner, Howard Delivery Service, a Chapter 11 debtor.

Professional Highlights

  • Registered West Virginia Lobbyist; principal lobbyist for Bowles Rice

  • United States Air Force (1969-1975)

  • Pilot, B-52 Stratofortress (1972-1975)

Government Relations

  • Principal lobbyist since 1989 – 27 Regular Sessions of the West Virginia Legislature

  • Member of the Government Relations Committee of West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

  • Local and National clients – Fortune 500


  • Primarily creditor/business clients
  • Represented Unsecured Creditors Committee in one of the largest coal company bankruptcy cases ever filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Practicing bankruptcy law since 1978, when the Bankruptcy Code was enacted
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Government Relations Practice
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2013 Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year in the southern West Virginia region
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Director, West Virginia Wholesalers Association
  • Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, Audit Committee, Chair; former Chancellor, and Disciplinary Board, President