Title: Attorney At Law
Phone: (304) 343-4100
Fax: (304) 343-1418

 

Million Dollar & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100

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

West Virginia
Virginia
Pennsylvania  

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 

Education

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