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 emphasis of my practice is in the following areas:   Some cases have received local and national media attention such as The Sago Mine and Upper Big Branch Mine disasters. 

Diseases from Asbestos Exposure

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer

Accidents Involving Mining, Construction & Heavy Equipment

  • Tractor Trailers
  • Rock Trucks
  • Well Service Vehicles
  • Fuel Trucks
  • Continuous Miners
  • Excavators
  • Scoops
  • Improper and Illegal Mining Practices
  • Mining Augers, etc.

Injuries and Death from Defective Products

  • Vehicle Crashworthiness
  • Vehicle Braking Systems
  • Vehicle Transmissions
  • Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Respiratory Protection Devices
  • Blast Protection Equipment
  • Surgical Instruments, etc.

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Marital Trusts
  • Family Trusts
  • Special Trusts (Special Needs, Education, Incentive, etc.)
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Portability Elections
  • Medicare Set-Asides
  • Springing Powers of Attorney
  • General Powers of Attorney
  • Appointment of Health Care Surrogates, etc.

Business Succession Planning

  • Ownership Planning
  • Management Planning
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Installment Sale
  • Intra Family Sale
  • Gifts of Ownership
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Grantor Retained Income Trusts
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans
  • Maintaining Succession Plan for Ownership & Management, etc.


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 


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

West Virginia State Bar - Law & Medicine Committee

Virginia State Bar

Pennsylvania State Bar

Other Associations, Memberships and Presentations

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition - Judge

Merck & Co. - Presentation on Evidence-Based Medicine

West Virginia State University - Presentation on Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (Hot Coffee Case)

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