Thomas Heywood

Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love
Managing Partner

Thomas A. Heywood

Tom Heywood is the Managing Partner of Bowles Rice, a regional business law firm with seven offices in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. His practice areas are corporate, commercial and finance law, government relations and health care law.

Tom earned his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1978 and his law degree in 1982 from Harvard Law School.

Upon graduation from law school, Tom clerked for the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Senior Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He joined Bowles Rice in 1983. From 1989 to 1990, Tom served as Counsel to West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, and from 1990 to 1993 he served as Caperton’s Chief of Staff. Tom returned to Bowles Rice in 1993.

Tom remains active as a leader in many civic activities, and has led the following initiatives in recent years: Chairman, Affordable Insurance Workgroup; Co-Chairman, Finance & Benefits Committee, Health Advisory Council; Chairman, Results-Based Government Task Force, Vision Shared; Chairman, TANF Advisory Council; Chairman, Community and Technical College Implementation Board; Co-Chairman, Celebration 2000; Co-Chairman, “Yes on 1 Committee” (Stock Investment Amendment to West Virginia Constitution); Chairman, Transition Committee on Medicaid; Chairman, Medicaid Crisis Panel. Tom has also served as chairman or Co-Chairman of several Kanawha County school bond and levy advocacy groups in recent years.

In 2009, Tom was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin to serve as a member of the Judicial Reform Commission.

In addition to Vision Shared, Tom serves on numerous charitable and non-profit boards and participates actively in various business and trade associations.