Former high court justice joins Bowles Rice firm
Thomas McHugh, who just completed his term on the West Virginia Supreme Court, has joined Bowles Rice in an "Of Counsel" capacity, the law firm announced.
Tom Heywood, Bowles Rice's managing partner, said, "We are absolutely delighted that a justice and lawyer of Tom McHugh's stature, experience and ability has chosen to affiliate with Bowles Rice. Justice McHugh will enhance our ability to serve clients throughout the state, region and nation, and he also will help us contribute to the vitality of our communities and profession."
McHugh was elected to the state Supreme Court in 1980 and re-elected to a second 12-year term in 1992. After his retirement in 1997, he entered private practice in Charleston.
In 2008, during an illness of Justice Joseph Albright, McHugh was appointed to serve as a senior status justice on the high court. Following Albright's death in 2009, then-Gov. Joe Manchin appointed McHugh to the court to serve until the 2010 general election. In November 2010, McHugh was elected to complete Albright's 12-year term, which ended last week.