Bowles Rice Named “West Virginia Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation

February 21, 2017

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Benchmark Litigation named Bowles Rice its “West Virginia Firm of the Year” during its 2017 U.S. awards ceremony at the Essex House Hotel in New York City on February 16.

Representatives from nearly 100 private practice firms were on-hand, including Bowles Rice attorneys Gerard R. Stowers and Jill E. Hall, who accepted the award on Bowles Rice’s behalf.

Stuart McMillian, chairman of the Bowles Rice Litigation Department, called the honor a nice recognition of the firm’s high-end and specialty litigation work.

“Because of our specialty and high-end litigation services, we’re able to take on not only our clients’ business matters and transactional work, but their high-stakes litigation as well,” McMillan said. “This award is a testament to the type of work we’re able to do based on some of the specialized litigation services we provide.”

Benchmark publishes a definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, the only publication to focus exclusively on the litigation practice in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the 2017 guide, Bowles Rice received the organization’s highest recognition, being listed as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in West Virginia.  Benchmark also recognizes individual attorneys in each state, based on six months of intensive peer and client review, as well as case review.  In the 2017 Benchmark rankings, three Bowles Rice lawyers are listed.  Gerard Stowers is named a “Local Litigation Star,” J. Mark Adkins is named a “Future Star” and Jill Hall is recognized as a “Top Litigator Under 40.”

 "We are honored to be the recipient of this distinction from Benchmark Litigation, which recognizes our litigators as among the very best in West Virginia,” said Tom Heywood, Bowles Rice Managing Partner. “More than 50 of our lawyers litigate in state and federal courts and administrative forums across our region. They have certainly earned this recognition through their outstanding advocacy for our clients, day in and day out.”


Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm with more than 120 attorneys serving clients from seven offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling, West Virginia; Southpointe, Pennsylvania; and Winchester, Virginia.