Lateral Hiring

Bowles Rice has been fortunate to attract and recruit outstanding, experienced attorneys who started their legal careers elsewhere. Our lateral attorneys have come to us from positions in government, industry, other states and other law firms.

We focus on a potential lateral attorney’s strength, talents, experience and reputation in his or her particular practice area. Credit for partnership consideration may be extended for all, or a portion of a lateral attorney’s time spent in a prior position.

Please contact our Recruiting Coordinator, Ben R. Thomas, for more information if you are a practicing attorney with an outstanding record of academic achievement, and would like to learn more about opportunities with Bowles Rice.

Alison A. CoxAlison A. Cox

Special Counsel
Practices in Estate Planning & Administration, Wills, Trusts and Elder Law
Martinsburg Office

“Coming back to the practice of law after an absence to focus on my family and support my husband’s military career was a daunting venture.  Bowles Rice offered me the support, flexibility and mentors to pursue my career goals, build my practice and maintain a healthy work/life/family balance.”

Richie R. HeathRichie R. Heath

Special Counsel
Practices in Government Relations
Charleston Office

“My decision to join Bowles Rice was greatly influenced by the people, who made me feel like a welcome and valued member of the team from the start.  The firm ensured that my transition was as seamless and rewarding as possible.  I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with such high-quality individuals who are dedicated to building up our community and our state.”

Melissa M. HallMelissa M. Hall

Practices in Oil & Gas, Certified Title Opinions and Estate and Gift Tax Planning
Southpointe Office

“There were many things that drew me to Bowles Rice, from the firm’s regional presence to its wide scope of practice. I also liked the idea of being part of a newer, growing office. And while those things were appealing, it’s the collegial atmosphere, respect and support of my colleagues that has impressed me the most. I’m constantly encouraged to contribute and expand my practice, and that really speaks to the firm’s culture of mentorship, teamwork and growth.”

Peter G.MarkhamPeter G. Markham

Special Counsel
Practices in Corporate Governance and Commercial Transactions, Civil Litigation and Government Relations
Charleston Office

“I was attracted to Bowles Rice LLP because, in my dealings with its lawyers, I was impressed not only with the quality of their work product and knowledge, but with how personable they are. I wanted to be part of a team that delivers great service with that personable touch.”

Jennifer B. HagedornJennifer B. Hagedorn

Practices in Energy, Health Care, Labor and Employment and Workers' Compensation
Southpointe Office

“Several of my colleagues from the West Virginia University College of Law either began their careers with Bowles Rice or were later hired laterally. These attorneys have remained at Bowles Rice and made great strides in their professional growth. I knew that the resources available at a larger law firm could open doors in my own legal career and decided that Bowles Rice would be the right move for me. After joining Bowles Rice, I have found that the firm's culture encourages respect and teamwork. Being a part of a firm that rewards hard work, while supporting family commitment and community involvement, is a fulfilling experience.”

Jennifer B. HagedornScott E. Barnette

Special Counsel
Practices in Energy Law, Real Estate Development and Construction Law
Charleston Office

“I chose Bowles Rice, foremost, because of its people. My colleagues are the best in the business. They valued my previous experience, and I've been provided the opportunity to do challenging work for great clients.”

Rebecca M. TinderRebecca M. Tinder

Partner and former General Counsel for the WV Board and Department of Education
Practices in Education Law
Charleston Office

“I was drawn to Bowles Rice because of the opportunity to join the State's premier Education Group, known throughout the state of West Virginia as "the best." I wanted to work with and learn from the best. My high expectations were not only met but were vastly surpassed in that my Bowles Rice family of mentors, coaches and teammates stretches far beyond just the Education Group to include every member of the firm. I am proud to be a part of Bowles Rice, a firm that values its members and their contribution to the success of our clients and as leaders in our communities.”