Former Supreme Court justice joins Bowles Rice

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Thomas E. McHugh has elected to join Bowles Rice, LLP, in an Of Counsel capacity after retiring from the Supreme Court.

McHugh was elected to the Supreme Court in 1980 and was re-elected to a second 12-year term in 1992. He served as Chief Justice in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1995 and 1996.

After retiring in 1997, McHugh entered private practice in Charleston. But in September 2008, during the illness of Justice Joseph Albright, McHugh was appointed by the chief justice of the Court to serve as a replacement.

Following Albright’s death in 2009, then-Gov. Joe Manchin appointed McHugh to serve until the 2010 general election, and in November 2010, he was elected to complete Albright’s term, which ended Dec. 31, 2012.

“We are absolutely delighted that a Justice and lawyer of Tom McHugh’s stature, experience and ability has chosen to affiliate with Bowles Rice,” said Tom Heywood, Managing Partner of 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 is a 1958 graduate of West Virginia University and a 1964 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif, a legal honorary, and was associate editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

In 1974, McHugh was elected a judge in Kanawha Circuit Court, and was re-elected in 1976. He served as Chief Circuit Judge from 1974 until 1980.

McHugh is a recipient of many awards and recognition for his service, including the Distinguished West Virginia Award and a 1996 Special Award of Achievement in the Administration of Justice from The West Virginia State Bar.

McHugh is a West Virginia Foundation Fellow and Emeritus Member of Judge John A. Field Jr., American Inns of Court.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Hospital System and a Director Emeritus of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

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