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Tom Heywood is Managing Partner at Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP in Charleston, WV and currently serves Chair of the Vision Shared Results-Based Government Focus Area. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from Stanford University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. In 1982 he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor of Harvard International Law Journal and Harvard Law Record. Bar Admissions include West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. His professional affiliations include American Bar Association and West Virginia State Bar.

Heywood is a former Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Honorable Gaston Caperton, Governor of West Virginia (1989-1993). He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Field, Jr., Judge, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1982-83 and was named to Best Lawyers in America Recipient of numerous public service awards, including the Alliance for Children Leadership Award (2006); Margaret Baldwin Friend of Education Award (2000) (awarded by the West Virginia Education Association); the Sam Walton Community Leadership Award (1999) (awarded by the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Development); Citizen of the Year (1999) (awarded by the National Association of Social Workers); the Distinguished Service Award (1996) (awarded by the West Virginia Hospital Association); and the Friend of Education Award (1995) (awarded by the Kanawha County Education Association). He is also active in many business, professional, civic and charitable organizations and activities.