Tom Heywood


Tom Heywood is the Managing Partner of Bowles Rice, acting as the firm’s CEO.  His responsibilities include leadership, management and administration of the firm.

Tom has significant experience in health care, banking and corporate/commercial law, and is frequently called upon by clients and community leaders for advice on business matters related to acquisitions, divestitures and other transactional matters.  An experienced facilitator, he regularly assists businesses and organizations in the strategic planning process.

As a former Chief of Staff to the Honorable Gaston Caperton, Governor of West Virginia, Tom has extensive experience working with government officials at the federal, state and local levels, and is the leader of the Bowles Rice Government Relations team.

Tom serves on many charitable and non-profit boards, and actively participates in various business and economic development organizations and trade associations, including the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, the West Virginia Roundtable (Chairman), the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (Government Affairs Committee Chairman), the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Vision Shared, Imagine West Virginia (Chairman), and the Kanawha County Library Foundation (Chairman).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of West Virginia University Health System, Inc. (Finance Committee Chairman) and the Board of Directors of West Virginia University Hospitals (Finance Committee Chairman).

Tom is active as a leader in many civic initiatives and organizations, and has received numerous awards for his public service.