Parkersburg, WV
United Square, Fifth Floor
501 Avery Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
T: (304) 420-5530
F: (304) 420-5587

J.D., cum laude, The Ohio State University College of Law (1976)

B.A., cum laude, Miami University (1973)

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
Photo of Robert L.  Bays

Robert L. Bays


Robert Bays concentrates his practice in civil trial litigation and commercial work.  His trial work and general commercial practice in both Ohio and West Virginia has included an array of different experiences from commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, construction litigation, products liability, legal and medical malpractice, employment issues, partnership litigation, estate and trust litigation and oil and gas litigation. 

Robert has appeared for the owners of business properties in eminent domain litigation and for clients in business disputes, significant personal injury or death claims.

Professional Highlights

  • Former member, Bowles Rice Executive Committee
  • Counsel, Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation and Wood County Development Authority
  • Parkersburg Municipal Judge, 1983-1986
  • West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, 1986-1989
  • Former Chairman, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law), 2010-present
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year in northern West Virginia region
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2011-2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Washington County (OH) Bar Association
  • Wood County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Parkersburg YMCA (Board Member)