CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Attorney Eric W. (Rick) Santos has joined Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love as Special Counsel in the law firm's Canonsburg, Pa., office.

He will concentrate his practice in the areas of civil litigation, energy law and mass and toxic torts litigation. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Texas.

Santos has been in private practice since 1997, handling numerous cases in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Previously, from 1994 to 1997, he served as Staff Attorney for the Blair County Legal Services Corporation in Altoona, Pa. He graduated from the Capital School of Law in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993 and received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from West Virginia University.

"We are delighted to welcome Rick Santos to Bowles Rice," said Thomas A. Heywood, the firm's managing partner. "He is a tough, experienced trial lawyer and a great addition to our growing team in southwestern Pennsylvania."

Bowles Rice is a full service law firm with 130 attorneys and eight regional offices located in Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Moundsville and Parkersburg, W.Va.; Canonsburg, Pa.; Lexington, Ky.; and Winchester, Va.

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