Six lawyers have become partners at Bowles Rice.
Lenna R. Chambers, Carl L. Fletcher Jr., Jill E. Hall, James V. Kelsh, Evan R. Kime and Benjamin R. Thomas were elevated to the new status Jan. 1.
Chambers represents governmental pension plan administrators in administrative and judicial tribunals, and provides counsel on matters related to governmental plans' federal and state law compliance and day-to-day operations. She also advises employers about employee health care plan compliance with state and federal law and represents clients in commercial litigation matters.
She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Marshall University and is a 2006 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.
Fletcher, who joined Bowles Rice in 2010, represents contractors and subcontractors in state and federal courts, before the West Virginia Court of Claims, in matters before the West Virginia Contractors Licensing Board, and in arbitration proceedings involving claims. He also represents municipalities in litigation and disputes over sewer and water line projects.
He is a 1980 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.
Hall provides human resources advice and counsel to employers in the public and private sectors and defends employers in Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, litigation and employment cases. She also advises employers with regard to employee welfare benefit plans, including health, life and disability plans.
Hall is the co-chairwoman of the Bowles Rice Diversity Committee and a member of the board of directors of West Virginia KIDS COUNT. She is a 2001 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Bethany College.
Kelsh joined Bowles Rice in 2012 and is a member of the firm's environmental and regulatory group. He assists clients with water and sewer project development, utility rate cases and telecommunications matters. He served as a staff attorney for the West Virginia Public Service Commission from 1996 to 2000.
He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia in 1988.
Kime is a member of the firm's litigation department, where he defends clients in a range of civil litigation matters, including products liability, workplace safety, insurance bad faith and contractual disputes.
He is a 2006 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as senior editor of the Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree in computer science, cum laude, from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1999.
Thomas, a native of West Virginia, joined Bowles Rice in 2010 after several years of private practice in North Carolina. He specializes in acquisitions, entity formation and general corporate governance matters.
He earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., in 2005. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Indiana's University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a degree in accounting. He is a member of Leadership West Virginia 2012 class.