Bowles Rice Welcomes Laura Sutton, Former General Counsel and Assistant Superintendent to Berkeley County Schools, to Education Group

April 9, 2018

Charleston, West Virginia – Bowles Rice is pleased to announce that attorney Laura Lilly Sutton has joined the firm in its Martinsburg, West Virginia office.  She brings over two decades of experience to the firm’s highly acclaimed Education Law Group.

From 1997 to early 2018, Sutton served as General Counsel and Assistant Superintendent for Berkeley County Schools, where she provided legal advice, counsel and representation to the superintendent and senior staff, school principals and the Board of Education; reviewed policy changes, legislation and amendments; and negotiated and prepared contracts, agreements and other legal instruments. She also supervised the district’s Office of Human Resources, Special Education Programs and Transportation Department.

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura Sutton to Bowles Rice,” said Tom Heywood, the firm’s Managing Partner. “She is a recognized and respected education leader and lawyer.  The experience Laura brings to the table adds new luster to the star of our highly-ranked and respected Education Law Group, and will benefit our education clients throughout the state and region.”

Sutton has advised and represented school districts on a variety of topics, including student disciplinary matters, federal and state laws concerning Section 504 (students with disabilities), and investigations and compliance reviews initiated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. She has vast experience in areas ranging from employee disciplinary actions to compliance with statutory rules and regulations

A 1995 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, Sutton is a member of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators and the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm, offering all the services required by school boards and other institutions of public education.  The firm has provided legal services to each of the state’s 55 county boards of education, all eight of its RESAs, each West Virginia multi-county career center, the West Virginia Department of Education, the Center for Professional Development and various institutions of higher education.


Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm with 110 attorneys serving clients from seven offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling, West Virginia; Southpointe, Pennsylvania; and Winchester, Virginia.