Phone: (304) 343-4100
Fax: (304) 343-1418
The focus of my practice is helping people and their families cope with the enormous problems which arise from a serious injury or wrongful death. While my firm does not advertise on television or radio, some of the cases I have handled have received local and national media attention, such as the Sago Mine and Upper Big Branch Mine disasters. Regardless of the type of case, each client receives committed, individual treatment from me and my team.
The emphasis of my practice is in the following areas or law.
Underground and Surface Coal Mine Accidents
Before practicing law, I worked as an underground coal miner where I learned coal mining practices and procedures. This experience has helped me successfully represent many clients who have been seriously injured or killed in underground and surface mining explosions and other accidents. Many of these involved improper mining techniques and/or the disregard for safety practices and procedures such as improperly designed, constructed and/or maintained haul roads and highwalls as well as negligently maintained or jury-rigged surface mining equipment.
Tractor Trailers, Heavy Equipment and Defective Products
I have successfully prosecuted serious injury and wrongful death cases involving tractor trailers, industrial and heavy equipment (rock trucks, well service vehicles, fuel trucks, continuous miners, excavators, mining augers and other heavy equipment). Also, I have represented people seriously injured or killed by products that were defectively designed, constructed, maintained and/or inspected. Some of these cases have involved defective trucks and other vehicles, respiratory devices, lifting equipment, polycarbonate material, etc.
Medical Mistakes and Nursing Home Abuse
I have successfully represented people who were seriously injured or killed from improper medical, surgical, laboratory and other procedures performed in hospitals, clinics and labs, as well as victims and their families who have experienced nursing home neglect and abuse.
Asbestos & Chemical Exposure
I have represented persons exposed to and suffering from diseases associated with exposure to toxic substances (such as asbestos and silica, Benzene and other aromatic hydrocarbons and chemicals). I have successfully recovered for victims suffering from certain types of leukemia or lung cancer that are directly related to the exposure to these substances. In these cases, victims, widows and families have received not only lost medical expenses and lost wages, but precedent setting recoveries.
States Admitted to Practice
Courts Admitted to Practice
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Virginia Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
West Virginia University - College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1987
West Virginia University Law Review - Lead Articles Editor
West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - 1982
Honors and Awards
The American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers; West Virginia
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers; West Virginia
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Association’s and Memberships
West Virginia Association for Justice - Board Member
American Association for Justice
Kanawha County Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
Virginia State Bar
Pennsylvania State Bar
Other Associations and Memberships
The Covenant House (helping people in need of food, clothing & shelter) - Board Member
Mana Meal, Inc. (providing meals to the hungry) - Volunteer
The National Eagle Scout Association - Member