Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1736
F: (304) 343-3058

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1982)

  • Moot Court

B.A., Economics, The Ohio State University (1979)

  • Student Government Association
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Ohio Supreme Court 
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Robert S. Kiss


Robert S. Kiss practices in the areas of tax, estate planning and commercial law. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Revenue by then-West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. In that capacity, he oversaw 10 agencies:  Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, Athletic Commission, State Budget Office, Division of Financial Institutions, Insurance Commissioner's Office, Lottery Commission, Municipal Bond Commission, Office of Tax Appeals, Racing Commission and State Tax Division.

During his tenure with the Tomblin administration, Bob presided as the state budget director and the governor's designee for the Board of Treasury Investments, where he served as chairman of the Investment Committee; the Water Development Board; the West Virginia Housing Development Fund; and the Early Childhood Planning Task Force. He was also chairman of the Investment Management Board.

He first joined Bowles Rice in 2003, after serving 19 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates. He served as Speaker of the House from 1997 to 2006 and House Finance Chairman from 1993-1996.  Pursuant to his Legislative duties, he was extensively involved in more than a decade of major economic and fiscal legislation including the West Virginia School Building Authority; water and sewer infrastructure development; state tax policy; state health care plans including PEIA and Medicaid; state retirement systems; the workers' compensation system; and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation.

Bob has been recognized in the areas of tax law and trusts and estate law by Best Lawyers in America.

Professional Highlights

  • Recipient, honorary Doctor of Law degrees, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue (2013-2016)
  • Speaker, West Virginia House of Delegates (1997-2006)
  • House Finance Chairman, West Virginia House of Delegates (1993-1996)
  • Served in the West Virginia House of Delegates, 27th District - Raleigh and Summers Counties (1989-2006)
  • Selected as a 2017 Elite Lawyer of the South by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (Litigation & Controversy -- Tax, Litigation -- Trusts & Estates, Tax Law Trusts and Estates)
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • West Virginia Catholic Charity Foundation (Past Trustee)
  • United Way of Central West Virginia (Past Honorary Chair)
  • Bowles Foundation (Past Treasurer)