Sarah “Sally” Smith is a partner in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She has focused her practice in litigation on behalf of the firm’s business clients, including energy and real estate cases, toxic tort class actions and in government relations.
Smith chaired the board of directors for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and 1996, and was formerly vice-president for Legislative Affairs for the Charleston Chamber. She has also chaired the Human Resources Committee for the West Virginia Manufacturers’ Association, actively participating in legislative issues and advising the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. In addition, she has chaired the Administrative Law Section and the Committee on Public Understanding About the Law for the West Virginia State Bar Association. Smith served by appointment of the Governor on the Kanawha County Correctional Officers Civil Service Commission from 1991 to 1995.
Smith is currently a member of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology Board of Visitors and the Board of Directors of Charleston Area Alliance, where she serves as Economic Development Chair. Smith is also a former member of the West Virginia University Board of Governors, the University of Charleston Board of Trustees and the Bridgemont Community and Technical College Board of Governors. She has taught Hospitality and Tourism Law at the University of Charleston and Sports Law at WVU Institute of Technology.
Born in 1952, Smith received her bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1973 from West Virginia Institute of Technology and her law degree in 1977 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of Barristers and the National Moot Court Team. She was admitted to practice in 1977 in West Virginia and before the United States Supreme Court in 1980. She has been selected as a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow and to Best Lawyers in America.