Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1768
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J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1997)

  • Member, Moot Court Board of Review

B.A., Centre College (1994)

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits
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J. Mark Adkins


Mark Adkins focuses his practice primarily on complex, high-risk commercial litigation in the areas of banking, construction, energy and commercial contract disputes.

With more than two decades of representative experience in litigation work, including numerous tried-to-verdict jury trials, Mark is well positioned to assist clients in the arena of high-risk, "Bet-the-Company" matters.

Mark represents banks, lenders and debt collectors in matters involving bank and consumer litigation issues. He also represents clients in matters involving leasing issues, contracts and property rights related to coal and natural gas. He also has significant experience in multi-million dollar construction litigation matters involving commercial, retail and public construction projects.

In addition to his vast litigation experience, Mark is a member of the Bowles Rice Government Relations group. As a registered lobbyist, he regularly works with members of the West Virginia Legislature and administration on behalf of the firm's clients. Mark served as staff counsel to the West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee during the 2015 Legislative Session.

He has been recognized with an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, Mark has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America ® in commercial litigation law, litigation/banking & finance and litigation/construction; by Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation; and by Benchmark Litigation in general litigation .

Representative experience:

  • Represented bank in multi-million dollar insurance coverage dispute, regarding claim for damages resulting from fraudulently secured loans.
  • Represented engineering company in multi-million dollar construction litigation involving foundation/compaction soil issues.
  • Represented oil and natural gas production companies in West Virginia and Pennsylvania regarding leasing rights.
  • Represented state agency in multi-million dollar construction dispute regarding a northern West Virginia facility.
  • Represented numerous banks and non-traditional lending companies throughout West Virginia in civil actions asserting claims to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (WVCCPA).
  • Represented county boards of education in multi-million dollar construction litigation matters involving delay damages, workmanship damages and liquidation damages.
  • Defended bank in multi-million dollar litigation involving real estate development dispute.

Professional Highlights

  • Practice Group Leader, Bowles Rice Litigation Department
  • Member, Bowles Rice Executive Committee
  • Former Chairman, West Virginia State Bar Lawyer Outreach Committee
  • Per Diem Staff Counsel, West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee, 2015 Legislative Session

Published in:

  • State ex rel. Blankenship v. Warner, No. 18-0712 (2018)
  • State ex rel. Biafore v. Tomblin, 782 S.E. 2d 223 (2016)
  • W. Virginia Inv. Mgmt. Bd. v. Variable Annuity Life Ins. Co., 234 W. Va. 469, 766 S.E.2d 416 (2014);
  • State ex rel. McDavid v. Tennant et al., No. 14-0939 (W.Va. Supreme Court, Oct. 1, 2014)(memorandum decision);
  • W.W. McDonald Land Co. v. EQT Prod. Co., No. 2:11-CV-00418, 2014 WL 4063870 (S.D.W. Va. Aug. 14, 2014);

  • Rufus et al. v. The Greenbrier Sporting Club Development Co., Inc. et al., No. 13-0218, 2013 WL 5966996 (W.Va. Supreme Court, November 8, 2013) (memorandum decision);

  • Morton v. Unknown Heirs of Van Camp , 221 W. Va. 299; 654 S.E. 2d 621, (2007);

  • Thaxton v. Novastar Mortg. , 2:05-0858, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21912, (2006);

  • State ex rel. Blackhawk Enters. V. Bloom, 219 W.Va. 333; 633 S.E. 2d 278 (2006);

  • Estate of Tawney v. Columbia Natural Res., LLC , 219 W. Va. 266; 633 S.E. 2d 22; (2006);

  • Wood v. Acordia of West Virginia, Inc., 217 W. Va. 406; 618 S.E. 2d 415 (2005); and

  • Dunn v. Watson, 211 W. Va. 418; 566 S.E.2d.305 (2002).

  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2019 Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year in the southern West Virginia region
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Commercial Litigation Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; and Litigation - Construction), 2011-present
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2010-present
  • Named a 2020 “State Litigation Star” in General Commercial, Construction, Trust and Estate by Benchmark Litigation
  • West Virginia Bar Association (Past President, Young Lawyers Section)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (Past Officer)