Richard R. Heath, Jr. Named 2023 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Government Relations Practice 

August 23, 2022

Charleston, West Virginia – Bowles Rice LLP attorney Richard R. Heath, Jr. was recently recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" for Government Relations Practice in the Charleston, West Virginia metro region.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Heath serves as leader of the Bowles Rice Government Relations team. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, he was Chief Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff for two West Virginia Senate Presidents; he also served as a Deputy Attorney General to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Heath’s experience in public policy, government relations, and executive management is extensive. From legislative drafting and in-depth legal analysis to research and communications, his background in the public, private, and non-profit sectors provides the ability to offer clients measured, insightful results. Heath also has significant practice in the areas of economic development, constitutional law, and civil justice reform, and he regularly assists on campaign finance and election law matters.

In addition to the 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" award, Heath has been recognized – since 2021 – by The Best Lawyers in America® for his Government Relations Practice.


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