Tammy Bowles Raines grew up in rural Summers County, West Virginia. After graduating from Meadow Bridge High School in 1997, she attended West Virginia University where she earned a bachelors degree in political science in 2000, graduating magna cum laude through the University’s Honors Program. She received her law degree from WVU College of Law in 2004. While attending law school, Ms. Raines was a member of the National Moot Court Competition Team in 2003. She is a recipient of Order of the Barristers Award.
Ms. Raines began her legal career in Charleston where she worked for a civil litigation firm. For the past seven years, Ms. Raines has worked for a Charleston law firm, devoting her career to helping personal injury victims. In the Spring of 2015, she established her own private practice, Tammy Bowles Raines Law Office PLLC. Throughout her career, Ms. Raines has successfully represented hundreds of clients in various litigation matters, including wrongful death, serious motor vehicle and truck collisions, workplace injuries, medical/nursing home negligence, employment discrimination and insurance disputes. Ms. Raines is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Southern District and Northern District of WV. Among her many interests, she enjoys spending time outdoors, kayaking, and traveling with her husband, Ryan Raines. Ms. Raines is a member of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Kanawha County Bar Association. She is an avid animal lover and has held memberships in the World Wildlife Fund, Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society.
Amber Sontos, Legal Assistant
Amber Sontos began working as Ms. Raines' legal assistant in January of 2016. Ms. Sontos graduated from Clay County High School where she excelled at sports. She attended Midway University in Kentucky where she played on the women's softball team. Ms. Sontos transferred to West Virginia University Institute of Technology where she studied criminal justice.
She is currently enrolled in the paralegal studies program at BridgeValley Community Technical College and is expected to earn her degree by the Spring of 2017. In her free time, Ms. Sontos enjoys hunting, providing softball pitching lessons to students, and spending time with her family.