Former United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld Joins Bowles Rice

October 21, 2019

Bill Ihlenfeld Headshot

Charleston, West Virginia – Bowles Rice is pleased to welcome William J. Ihlenfeld, II to the firm’s Wheeling, West Virginia office.  Ihlenfeld will lead the Bowles Rice White Collar Practice Group and focus on a full range of federal enforcement and internal investigation matters, with particular emphasis on the health care and banking sectors.

Ihlenfeld served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 2010 until 2016. Prior to that, he was a state prosecutor for 13 years in multiple West Virginia counties.  In 2018, he was elected to serve Ohio County as a West Virginia State Senator.

“We are very excited to welcome Bill Ihlenfeld to Bowles Rice,” said Tom Heywood, the firm’s Managing Partner.  “Bill’s experience as a prosecutor, both at the state and federal levels, brings tremendous value to our clients and our litigation practice.  His public service record, which now includes the role of State Senator, exemplifies our firm’s commitment to leadership and to serving the many communities we call home.  We look forward to Bill helping us meet the needs of our clients and communities in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle, as well as in Ohio and Pennsylvania.”

Drawing on his prosecutorial experience, Ihlenfeld is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Information Privacy group. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and helps to prevent clients’ data from getting into the hands of cyber criminals.

Ihlenfeld earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.  He has been recognized regionally and nationally for his contributions in the field of law enforcement, drug control policy and domestic violence awareness.


Bowles Rice is a full-service law firm with more than 115 attorneys serving clients from seven offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling, West Virginia; Southpointe, Pennsylvania; and Winchester, Virginia.