Phone: (304) 343-4100
Fax: (304) 343-1418
The focus of Bill’s practice has been in the following areas. Some of these cases received local and national media attention and some may be viewed on the firm’s website. He has represented workers in all types of claims, including victims of the Sago and Upper Big Branch Mine disasters. Regardless of the type of case, each received committed individual treatment from Bill and his staff.
Underground and Surface Coal Mine Accidents
Prior to practicing law, Bill worked in an underground coal mine where he learned coal mining practices and procedures. This experience has helped him successfully represent many clients who have been seriously injured or killed in underground mining explosions and other accidents. Many of these involved improper mining techniques and/or the disregard for safety practices and procedures and all could have been avoided.
Bill has also represented surface miners who have been injured and killed while around or on improperly designed, constructed and/or maintained haul roads and highwalls as well as negligently maintained or jury-rigged surface mining equipment.
Heavy Equipment and Defective Products
Bill has successfully prosecuted cases involving industrial and heavy equipment-related accidents involving rock trucks, well service vehicles, continuous miners, excavators and other heavy equipment.
Additionally, he has represented people seriously injured or killed by products that were defectively designed, constructed and/or maintained. Some of these case have involved defective trucks and other vehicles, respiratory devices, lifting equipment, polycarbonate material, etc.
Medical Mistakes and Nursing Home Abuse
Bill has successfully represented people who were seriously injured or killed from improper medical, surgical and other procedures performed in hospitals, clinics and labs. Also, he has represented clients whose disease was not diagnosed in a timely fashion as well as clients who were diagnosed with an incorrect disease and sustained injuries from unnecessary treatments. Additionally, he has successfully represented victims of nursing home neglect and abuse as well as their family members and their estates.
Bill has represented persons exposed to and suffering from diseases associated with exposure to toxic substances, such as silica, asbestos, Benzene and other aromatic hydrocarbons and chemicals. In these cases, Bill has successfully recovered for victims suffering from certain types of leukemia or lung cancer that are directly related to the exposure to toxic chemicals. Many 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
Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1987
West Virginia University Law Review - Lead Articles Editor
Bachelor of Science - 1982
Business Administration - Emphasis in management, economics and finance
Professional Association’s and Memberships
The America Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, West Virginia West Virginia Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Kanawha County Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
Virginia State Bar
Pennsylvania State Bar