Parkersburg, WV
United Square, Fifth Floor
501 Avery Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
T: (304) 420-5535
F: (304) 420-5587

Practice Areas

J.D., with honors, The Ohio State University (2003)

  • Public Events Editor, The Ohio State Law Journal
  • National Moot Court Team
  • Best Oral Advocate

M.M., Ohio University (1996)

B.M., summa cum laude, Ohio University (1993)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Richard S. Boothby


Rick Boothby focuses his practice in education law. He advises, represents, and conducts trainings for K-12 school districts and multi-county career and technical education centers. Rick regularly represents public school boards in the areas of special education, employment law and constitutional law before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. 

He is a former public school teacher and currently serves as chairman of the West Virginia State Bar Association’s Education Law Committee.

Representative Cases

  • Webster County Board of Education v. Davis, No. 19-1028 (2021) (aide and ECCAT seniorities in reductions in force)

  • Miller v. Marion County Board of Education, 2020 WL 7231114 (2020) (untimeliness of grievance complaint

  • Louk v. Board of Education of the County of Braxton, 2017 WL 680457 (2017) (probationary/continuing contracts)
  • Yatauro v. Calhoun County Board of Education, 2016 WL 5030280 (2016) (state-ordered contract reductions without hearings)
  • Sayre v. Mason County Board of Education, 2016 WL 143435 (2016) (lengthening the workday)

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • National School Boards Association - Council of School Attorney (NSBA - COSA)
  • West Virginia State Bar (Chairman, Education Law Committee)
  • Ohio Bar Association (Former Chairman, Education Law Committee)
  • Wood County (WV) Bar Association
  • Washington County (OH) Bar Association