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Bowles Rice Welcomes Five New Associates

October 15, 2014

Five attorneys have recently joined regional law firm Bowles Rice. The new associates are Joshua A. Cottle, Pamela J. Ferrell, Joshua A. Johnson, Lara K. Omps-Botteicher and Tiffany R. VanderKolk.

Joshua Cottle has joined the Energy group in the firm’s Charleston, West Virginia office. He is a 2014 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was president of the Energy Law Society and a member of the Environmental Law Society. He received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in political science from Marshall University in 2011.

Pamela Ferrell earned her law degree from the WVU College of Law in 2014. She received her bachelor of business administration degree, magna cum laude, in accounting and finance from Marshall in 2011 and worked as an accounting intern with both SullivanWebb, Inc. and Gibbons & Kawash, CPAs. She has joined the firm’s Parkersburg, West Virginia office where her practice will focus on litigation.

Both Mr. Cottle and Ms. Ferrell were members of the Bowles Rice summer clerkship program in 2012 and 2013.

Joshua Johnson received his law degree from the WVU College of Law, in 2013, where he was an ethics council representative and recipient of the Chesapeake Energy Fellowship. He earned his bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, in economics from WVU in 2010. Prior to joining Bowles Rice, Mr. Johnson served as a law clerk to the Honorable James A. Matish of the Harrison County Circuit Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He has joined the firm’s Litigation department in the Charleston office.

Lara Omps-Botteicher has joined the Bowles Rice office in Martinsburg, West Virginia, also as a member of the firm’s Litigation department. She earned her law degree from the WVU College of Law in 2012, where she was senior managing editor of The West Virginia Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English and history from WVU, in 2010. She also worked as a summer clerk at Bowles Rice, in 2010 and 2011. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Omps-Botteicher served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Groh, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Tiffany VanderKolk received her law degree from the WVU College of Law in 2012, where she was president of the Real Estate Law Society. She earned her bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in criminal justice, from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2008. Ms. VanderKolk served as a law clerk to the Honorable David R. Janes of the Marion County Circuit Court in Fairmont, West Virginia before joining Bowles Rice in Charleston, where she has become a member of the Litigation group.

Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm with 150 attorneys serving clients from eight regional offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Moundsville and Parkersburg, West Virginia; Southpointe, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky; and Winchester, Virginia.