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MARTINSBURG, WV - Bowles Rice attorney Charles F. “Chazz” Printz Jr. has been elected president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

His selection came last month at the organization’s 32nd annual meeting.

Printz, a partner in the firm’s Martinsburg office, accepted the position after previously serving as vice president to the Defense Trial Counsel, an association of West Virginia attorneys who defend individuals and businesses in civil litigation. He also serves on the counsel’s Employment Law Committee.

The organization has nearly 600 members.

A member of the firm’s Litigation Department, Printz practices in all aspects of civil litigation, including business and commercial disputes, employer liability, employment law, financial services litigation, condemnation and construction litigation. He also is a member of the firm’s executive committee.

He was named one of the Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in the northern West Virginia region for Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2013 and Construction Litigation in 2014. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, Construction Litigation and Labor and Employment Litigation.

He also has been listed among “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Commercial Litigation.

In 2008, he was named a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow. In 2006, he served as a member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations for the 23rd Judicial Circuit.

He is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and serves on the Law and Medicine Committee of the West Virginia State Bar. He’s a past member of the American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench) and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, including serving as a member of its board of governors from 1980 to 1985. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Commercial Litigation Section.

Printz earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1972 from the University of Virginia and his law degree in 1975 from West Virginia University College of Law.

Robert J. Kent, an attorney in Bowles Rice’s Parkersburg office, also is involved with the DTCWV leadership. He serves as a member of DTCWV’s board of governors.

In other news at Bowles Rice, partner Andrew G. Fusco has contributed to a chapter in the third edition of the publication, “Business Torts and Unfair Competition Handbook.” The American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law published the handbook.

Fusco, an attorney in the firm’s Morgantown office, revised and updated the handbook’s fourth chapter, “Commercial Disparagement and Defamation.” According to the publishers, the handbook is intended as “a practical litigator’s guide for the handling of substantive and procedural issues that frequently arise in business tort and unfair competition litigation.”

Bowles Rice associate Michael Cardi assisted Fusco in researching and updating the chapter.

Fusco’s practice consists of extensive experience in antitrust, competition law, RICO, general and complex litigation, white-collar criminal defense, business disputes, intellectual property infringement, mergers and acquisitions and both product and technology licensing.

He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s preeminent AV rating and has been named a West Virginia Super Lawyer. He also has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, commercial litigation, corporate governance law and mergers and acquisitions law.

He has been named to Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s annual “IP Stars” list in back-to-back years.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.

Bowles Rice has 140 attorneys serving clients from eight regional offices located in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia.