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Litigation: General Commercial — West Virginia


Bailey & Glasser LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Impressive team offering experience in both defense and plaintiff representation, regularly handling litigation with significant commercial and political implications. Adept in federal bankruptcies and cases concerning the medical, legal and financial sectors, and has a niche antitrust practice. Handles both regional and national matters. Widely noted for its handling of cases in the natural resources industry.

Strengths A client enthuses: "They exceed my expectations at every turn." The source adds: "I can't recommend them highly enough."

One client found the team to be "excellent trial lawyers."

Work highlights Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the Thomas K. Lampert Irrevocable Trust in a contractual dispute concerning coal royalties. The result was upheld on appeal.

Representing West Virginia State University in its pursuit of a claim against Dow Chemical, in which the university alleges Dow is responsible for contamination of the groundwater under its campus with dangerous carcinogens.

Notable practitioners

The "highly cerebral" Ben Bailey is universally lauded as a preeminent litigation attorney in the state. He is regularly involved in nationwide cases. His experience in this space has peers praising his "outstanding reputation," stating that it is "as high as you can get."

Brian Glasser is acclaimed by clients for his "strategic inventiveness." He is noted for his frequent handling of high-profile litigation, and has experience acting for both noncorporate plaintiffs and major companies. Interviewees go on to describe him as "a powerhouse." He has undertaken a huge range of cases, and has obtained a number of recent favorable judgments in ERISA cases.

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Deep bench serving national and multinational companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors. Noted strength in product liability. Standout medical malpractice and hospitality defense teams. Also developing robust mining and nursing home practices.

Strengths A client notes that the team "did an excellent job" and was "willing to be of assistance in a cost-effective way."

Another client found that "they were resourceful in obtaining experts," and was particularly impressed by "their presentation of the case facts in an easily understandable manner."

Work highlights Successfully represented Ford in its appeal against an earlier jury verdict in an unintended acceleration case, in which the plaintiff had received an award of $3 million. The appeal hinged on the nature of the expert evidence used in the earlier trial.

Represented an insurance company in the West Virginia Supreme Court, successfully obtaining a ruling that the company was not liable for the $1 million settlement resulting from related insurance litigation.

Notable practitioners

Michael Bonasso has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, and is noted for his solid work in appellate matters. He has represented clients operating in a wide range of sectors, including insurance and healthcare. He has also undertaken defense work in a variety of class action cases, particularly in the product liability arena.

Thomas Flaherty is lauded by clients for his "rigorous representation; he really feels like our company representative in West Virginia." He is praised for his breadth of experience, in cases ranging from personal injury defense to professional liability and construction litigation. His long experience and extensive work in this field leads peers to commend him as a "good, high-level lawyer."

Don Sensabaugh is widely recognized for his extensive expertise in medical malpractice cases. Clients find that he is "amazing in trial, extremely knowledgeable in medical issues and a very reliable source of information." In addition to his litigation practice, he is very involved in government lobbying in relation to healthcare litigation reform.

Ted Martin maintains a well-respected healthcare litigation practice, with notable experience in professional licensure and discipline matters in addition to medical malpractice. Clients find him to be "a great communicator."

Jeffrey Wakefield is praised by peers for his "vast experience" and is said by one client to be an "amazing trial attorney" who is "one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to case law and insurance coverage issues." He is especially noted for his work in insurance and class action cases.

Andrew Cooke has an active practice in product liability matters. He is praised by one client for being "quick to respond," with the source adding: "I would definitely recommend his services to others."

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Jackson Kelly PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Specializes in energy litigation and bet-the-company cases. Offers expertise in product liability, workers' compensation and general commercial litigation, both at trial and on appeal. Also developing its white-collar crime practice. Maintains a noted healthcare and malpractice team. Noted by the market for its work with clients in the coal and energy industries.

Notable practitioners

A L Emch is widely recognized as "the dean of the defense Bar in West Virginia; he is really smart and good in court." His practice covers a variety of trial and appellate matters, with a particular focus on personal injury and product liability cases. The scope of work he undertakes leads peers to call him "one of the best 'big case' lawyers."

Thomas Hurney is noted by a market source as "one of the best lawyers I've ever worked with." He is especially praised for his work in medical malpractice and professional liability. He also has experience in environmental litigation and product liability cases.

Of counsel Stephen LaCagnin is much admired for his extensive experience. He is especially praised for his work defending coal industry clients, possessing expertise in labor and employment cases and personal injury matters in addition to general commercial disputes.

Gretchen Callas is praised for her ability in litigation, peers acknowledging that she "does a great job" for her clients. She is particularly active in product liability class action cases and is also noted for her handling of energy-related disputes.

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Thomas Combs & Spann - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Toxic tort and product liability are cornerstones of this Charleston-based litigation boutique. Key clients include pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Experienced in handling multidistrict litigation and also active on asbestos proceedings. Additionally noted for its work in financial services litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

Work highlights Successfully defended 3M in two product liability trials relating to use of the company's respirators by coal miners who have since developed lung disease.

Acting for Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary Ethicon, in the ongoing pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" David Thomas is widely praised as a preeminent figure in this market. Acclaimed by sources as "a tier-one litigator," he is extensively involved in national toxic tort and mass tort cases. He also has experience representing professional services firms and major chemicals companies.

Philip Combs is noted by peers for his "good reputation," while clients enthusiastically rate him as an "excellent lawyer." He is most markedly praised for his extensive product liability expertise.

Bryant Spann maintains a broad litigation practice, with expertise in white-collar crime as well as product liability work. In the latter field, he has especially notable experience undertaking asbestos and respirator cases.

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Bowles Rice LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Advises on major class actions in the banking industry and on high-profile natural resources cases, including fracking-related disputes. Maintains expertise in insurance, governmental affairs, employment and construction cases, and is bolstered by a dedicated financial services litigation group. Acts for local and national clients and has additional expertise in white-collar crime and RICO cases.

Strengths A client lauds the team as one that was "very helpful and easy to deal with throughout the process, and good at keeping us in the loop and explaining things along the way."

One client says: "They give us options and tell us how much each option will cost, and they are willing to work within our budget."

Work highlights Successfully represented Hafco Manufacturing in a significant patent infringement claim against GMS Mine Repair, obtaining a favorable jury verdict for Hafco.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Charles Love has a preeminent reputation in the state, peers saying simply that he is "outstanding." Sources particularly note his vast experience in mass tort litigation.

Gerard Stowers is lauded by peers for his extensive litigation practice and described as "one of the preeminent lawyers in West Virginia." He is especially noted for his insurance and personal injury defense practice. He has also undertaken a multitude of cases on behalf of clients in the coal industry.

Ronda Harvey has a strong focus on contentious labor and employment matters, and leads this practice group within the firm. She also has a notable insurance litigation practice where one source observes: "She does a good job."

Stuart McMillan handles trial and appellate work for clients in various industries. However, he has particular expertise in the energy sector and leads the firm's energy litigation group. Peers rate him as "an excellent guy" and "fine lawyer."

Martinsburg-based Charles Printz is highly appreciated by his clients, one of whom notes: "He's taken the time to visit us and understand what we do. He tries to solve problems rather than create them."

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More than 50 of our lawyers handle litigation matters from seven, strategically located offices. Our lawyers represent clients before all federal, state and administrative forums in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and the surrounding region.

Our litigation team provides sound advice and counsel to clients on litigation matters involving:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution​
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions Defense
  • Coal Litigation
  • Contract/Business Disputes
  • Condemnation and Eminent Domain
  • Construction Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Deliberate Intent and Workplace Safety
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Environmental Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Extra-Contractual/Bad Faith and Coverage Litigation
  • Federal Black Lung Defense
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor & Employment Disputes
  • Mass Tort and Toxic Tort Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) Defense
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Workers’ Compensation


We help our clients avoid litigation, where possible, by providing advice and counsel based upon our experience and sound judgment. When litigation cannot, or should not, be avoided, we provide aggressive courtroom representation. Our litigators work with clients to plan and prepare for litigation in advance, in order to protect the client's long-term needs and interests.

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Farrell, White & Legg PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Compact team handling mass torts, insurance trials, product liability cases and general commercial litigation. Particularly robust healthcare practice frequently engaged by healthcare professionals and significant players from the pharmaceutical industry.

Strengths One client says: "They've exceeded expectations. They've been extraordinarily thorough and have great communication skills. Those things make a client comfortable and assure them the case is being undertaken with the utmost care."

A client discloses: "I'm confident in their abilities and judgment," adding that "they have a great rapport with physicians."

Work highlights Successfully obtained a full dismissal of the claims against a healthcare professional in a case involving allegations of Medicaid fraud, misrepresentation and diversion of funds.

Notable practitioners

Firm founder and managing partner Michael Farrell is exalted by clients as "fantastic." He is active in a slew of medical malpractice and insurance cases and is also noted for his handling of class action defense work.

Tammy White is a highly lauded litigation lawyer in the healthcare field, where sources say that "she brings absolute calm" to proceedings. Interviewees also note that "having Tammy's knowledge and expertise is fantastic." She is noted for her assistance with medical malpractice and professional liability cases. One client declares that "she has the vast expertise to be able to handle any type of defense work."

Erik Legg is commended by peers as "a younger guy who gets the highest possible marks." He is active on a range of healthcare cases, including medical device product liability matters as well as professional liability cases on behalf of healthcare professionals.

Up-and-comer Bernard Vallejos is praised by sources as "a real rising star, and the type of person who thinks outside the box. In long-running litigation you can trust him to get the work done." He is praised for his work in a number of areas, including personal injury and energy-related disputes.

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Sizable team offering outstanding litigators who can handle the full gamut of litigation matters including toxic torts, commercial disputes and appeals. An impressive client roster includes major companies from the energy, banking and insurance sectors. Has had recent successes defending higher education clients in construction disputes.

Strengths A client admires the "tact and diplomacy" demonstrated by the team, elaborating that the group is "able to navigate issues while still providing solid results."

One client notes that the team gives "the best advice possible."

Work highlights Successfully represented Gastar Exploration in an appeal regarding the rights of non-participating royalty interest owners with respect to oil and gas leases and drilling units.

Notable practitioners

Heather Heiskell Jones is acclaimed in a number of fields, including insurance, employment and product liability disputes. Clients enthuse that she is "incredibly responsive, very diligent and really works hard to understand the facts of a case."

Neva Lusk is widely praised for her work in product liability cases. One peer notes that "she is extraordinary in the courtroom, good on highly technical cases, and everyone likes her work."

Morgantown-based James Walls is regarded by clients as a "very helpful" figure to have on their side. His practice has a particular focus on environmental and energy-related cases, and he also has experience handling white-collar criminal matters.

Niall Paul is noted by peers as "very smart and very skilled." His wide-ranging expertise encompasses toxic tort cases as well as employment litigation and appellate matters.

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Respected practice with offices across the state, handling a broad spectrum of civil litigation, including environmental cases, and also skilled in white-collar crime. Clients typically hail from the energy and natural resources and telecom industries as well as various governmental and healthcare entities.

Strengths One client says: "No matter what the question or problem, there is always an attorney who has experience in the required field." The source is especially pleased that "the advice provided covers all the variables that need to be considered before I make a decision."

A client finds the team to be "well respected in the state" and describes its lawyers as "just good people, and they always have the interests of the company at the forefront of their minds."

Notable practitioners

William Galeota is acclaimed by peers as "a dynamo in the courtroom and really easy to work with," especially highlighting his flourishing healthcare practice. He is notably active in medical malpractice and insurance matters. Clients praise his "in-depth subject matter knowledge and expert guidance."

Ancil Ramey is widely regarded as a "terrific appellate lawyer." His appellate practice covers a wide swath of insurance and general commercial cases.

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Working with clients to achieve their business goals, Steptoe & Johnson litigators seek an early resolution of every case, bearing in mind both the cost of litigation and the risk of encouraging additional lawsuits by settling cases that should be tried.  

The firm has more than 90 litigators and has been top listed by the authors of The Best Lawyers in America® in a number of litigation practice areas.

Steptoe & Johnson litigators have gained a reputation for providing clients with common sense advice. Recognizing that cost control and time are critical factors, our attorneys are also adept at analysis, budgeting, and all types of alternative dispute resolution.

Our litigation expertise includes:

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Class Actions and Mass Torts
  • Complex Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Cybersecurity/Breach Notification
  • Electronic Discovery/Information Governance
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Emergency Response/Crisis Management
  • Hospital and Long-Term Care Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • White Collar Defense

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Handles an array of trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Key focus areas are product liability, white-collar crime, workers' compensation, First Amendment litigation and governmental investigations. Clients include tobacco and coal companies.

Notable practitioners

Henry Jernigan is lauded for his vast experience in litigation, covering product liability defense, antitrust and natural resources disputes as well as a variety of other matters. In addition to West Virginia, he also has experience handling cases in Kentucky.

Richard Bolen is acknowledged for his considerable expertise defending well-known natural resources companies. He has represented coal and oil and gas clients in a number of personal injury and commercial disputes, and also acts as an arbitrator in disputes within this sector.

John Mahaney has extensive experience in litigation, notably in construction disputes. He has also acted on intellectual property and product liability cases.

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Hendrickson & Long PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Charleston-based litigation boutique singled out for its defense work, with some noted capabilities representing plaintiffs. Trial experience covers product liability cases and commercial litigation, with particular expertise in mass torts and class actions. Noted for its capabilities in asbestos litigation.

Strengths One client found that the team "understands business, and we appreciate them for that."

One peer says: "I regard them as a high-quality firm."

Notable practitioners

David Hendrickson is acknowledged as a leading figure in mass torts and class action cases. He is especially acclaimed for his work in relation to toxic torts, including asbestos cases. He is also applauded for his work as a mediator.

Scott Long is highly regarded for his expertise in toxic torts and product liability cases. He is most recognized for his involvement in asbestos actions. He acts on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant parties.

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Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Statewide practice based in Huntington covering product liability, medical malpractice and insurance litigation. Particularly active on tort defense and bad faith matters in the insurance arena. Additionally maintains a strong labor and employment litigation team with expertise in wrongful discharge claims.

Notable practitioners

Tom Scarr is noted for his broad litigation practice, covering toxic torts, employment and white-collar crime. One peer notes: "I enjoy working with Scarr, even as adversaries; he's a terrific lawyer."

Lee Murray Hall is noted for her insurance work, encompassing bad faith defense and a variety of liability claims. Her practice also extends to construction, personal injury and medical malpractice matters.

Bo Sweeney is well recognized for his defense work in relation to asbestos mass tort claims. He also assists with construction and deliberate intent disputes. Peers view him as "a great guy."

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Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Predominantly focuses on defense work, covering personal injury and wrongful death. Its broad bench of litigators and trial attorneys acts for a range of insurance companies and is also experienced in criminal litigation. Members of the team are regularly appointed as mediators.

Notable practitioners

Rebecca Betts is a key member of the team, who is noted throughout the region as a "very bright attorney." She has acted for high-profile companies on a range of matters, including class actions and regulatory investigations.

John Hoblitzell is "highly respected" by peers in the market. He has a particular focus on product liability and insurance, in addition to construction, contractual and personal injury matters. He also acts as a mediator.

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Compact, Huntington-based corporate defense practice, able to draw on the broader resources of the firm throughout the Eastern USA. Substantial experience in product liability, toxic torts and class actions. Has defended industrial and healthcare clients in cases at both state and federal levels.

Strengths One client enthuses that "they are passionate about their representation and focused on the outcome the client is looking for; they do anything to achieve that."

Work highlights Represented Occidental Chemical in multiparty chemical exposure litigation before West Virginia's Southern District.

Notable practitioners

Huntington managing partner Marc Williams has notable experience in transportation and mining-related class actions as well as product liability matters arising from pharmaceutical and medical device products. One client praises that "he was able to negotiate hard with the plaintiffs."

Melissa Foster Bird is commended by clients for bringing "excellent skills to the table." Her recent cases include toxic torts as well as transportation and medical device litigation. Sources say: "She is a very good lawyer who gets good trial results."

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Senior Statesperson

W Henry Jernigan Jr

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Jernigan is lauded for his vast experience in litigation, covering product liability defense, antitrust and natural resources disputes as well as a variety of other matters. In addition to West Virginia, he also has experience handling cases in Kentucky.

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Senior Statesperson

Charles M Love III

Bowles Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel Charles Love has a preeminent reputation in the state, peers saying simply that he is "outstanding." Sources particularly note his vast experience in mass tort litigation.

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Bailey & Glasser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "highly cerebral" Ben Bailey is universally lauded as a preeminent litigation attorney in the state. He is regularly involved in nationwide cases. His experience in this space has peers praising his "outstanding reputation," stating that it is "as high as you can get."

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Bonasso has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, and is noted for his solid work in appellate matters. He has represented clients operating in a wide range of sectors, including insurance and healthcare. He has also undertaken defense work in a variety of class action cases, particularly in the product liability arena.

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Jackson Kelly PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

A L Emch is widely recognized as "the dean of the defense Bar in West Virginia; he is really smart and good in court." His practice covers a variety of trial and appellate matters, with a particular focus on personal injury and product liability cases. The scope of work he undertakes leads peers to call him "one of the best 'big case' lawyers."

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Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Farmer of Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC is praised as an "excellent lawyer," with experience representing both plaintiffs and corporate defendants. He has experience in product liability, professional malpractice and personal injury cases.

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Michael J Farrell

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Firm founder and managing partner Michael Farrell is exalted by clients as "fantastic." He is active in a slew of medical malpractice and insurance cases and is also noted for his handling of class action defense work.

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Flaherty is lauded by clients for his "rigorous representation; he really feels like our company representative in West Virginia." He is praised for his breadth of experience, in cases ranging from personal injury defense to professional liability and construction litigation. His long experience and extensive work in this field leads peers to commend him as a "good, high-level lawyer."

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George & Lorensen

From the Chambers USA guide

Shawn George of George & Lorensen is widely seen as an "excellent litigation attorney." He has a broad practice, possessing noted experience in product liability, malpractice matters and toxic torts.

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Bailey & Glasser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Glasser is acclaimed by clients for his "strategic inventiveness." He is noted for his frequent handling of high-profile litigation, and has experience acting for both noncorporate plaintiffs and major companies. Interviewees go on to describe him as "a powerhouse." He has undertaken a huge range of cases, and has obtained a number of recent favorable judgments in ERISA cases.

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Bowles Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerard Stowers is lauded by peers for his extensive litigation practice and described as "one of the preeminent lawyers in West Virginia." He is especially noted for his insurance and personal injury defense practice. He has also undertaken a multitude of cases on behalf of clients in the coal industry.

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Thomas Combs & Spann

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" David Thomas is widely praised as a preeminent figure in this market. Acclaimed by sources as "a tier-one litigator," he is extensively involved in national toxic tort and mass tort cases. He also has experience representing professional services firms and major chemicals companies.

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Huntington managing partner Marc Williams has notable experience in transportation and mining-related class actions as well as product liability matters arising from pharmaceutical and medical device products. One client praises that "he was able to negotiate hard with the plaintiffs."

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Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Rebecca Betts is a key member of the team, who is noted throughout the region as a "very bright attorney." She has acted for high-profile companies on a range of matters, including class actions and regulatory investigations.

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Heather Heiskell Jones

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Heather Heiskell Jones is acclaimed in a number of fields, including insurance, employment and product liability disputes. Clients enthuse that she is "incredibly responsive, very diligent and really works hard to understand the facts of a case."

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Neva Lusk is widely praised for her work in product liability cases. One peer notes that "she is extraordinary in the courtroom, good on highly technical cases, and everyone likes her work."

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Miller of Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. is noted by clients as "a go-to for oil and gas litigation" and "one of the preeminent oil and gas attorneys in West Virginia." He is highly experienced in the full range of contentious matters arising in the energy and natural resources sectors, including disputes relating to royalty and long-term supply agreements. Additional sources add that he is "one of the best oil and gas lawyers in the region," with one client enthusing: "I know I can turn a matter over to him and needn't worry about it."

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Jeffrey M Wakefield

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Wakefield is praised by peers for his "vast experience" and is said by one client to be an "amazing trial attorney" who is "one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to case law and insurance coverage issues." He is especially noted for his work in insurance and class action cases. 

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Band 3

Carey, Scott, Douglas & Kessler, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mike Carey of Carey, Scott, Douglas & Kessler, PLLC is widely noted for his extensive experience, including a period spent as the US Attorney for West Virginia's Southern District. He handles the full gamut of commercial litigation in addition to white-collar criminal defense.

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Band 3

Thomas Combs & Spann

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Combs is noted by peers for his "good reputation," while clients enthusiastically rate him as an "excellent lawyer." He is most markedly praised for his extensive product liability expertise.

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Band 3

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Cooke has an active practice in product liability matters. He is praised by one client for being "quick to respond," with the source adding: "I would definitely recommend his services to others."

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Band 3

Bowles Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronda Harvey has a strong focus on contentious labor and employment matters, and leads this practice group within the firm. She also has a notable insurance litigation practice where one source observes: "She does a good job."

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Band 3

John R Hoblitzell

Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Hoblitzell is "highly respected" by peers in the market. He has a particular focus on product liability and insurance, in addition to construction, contractual and personal injury matters. He also acts as a mediator.

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Band 3

Jackson Kelly PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel Stephen LaCagnin is much admired for his extensive experience. He is especially praised for his work defending coal industry clients, possessing expertise in labor and employment cases and personal injury matters in addition to general commercial disputes.

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Band 3

Bowles Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart McMillan handles trial and appellate work for clients in various industries. However, he has particular expertise in the energy sector and leads the firm's energy litigation group. Peers rate him as "an excellent guy" and "fine lawyer."

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Band 3

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Scarr is noted for his broad litigation practice, covering toxic torts, employment and white-collar crime. One peer notes: "I enjoy working with Scarr, even as adversaries; he's a terrific lawyer."

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Band 3

Thomas Combs & Spann

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryant Spann maintains a broad litigation practice, with expertise in white-collar crime as well as product liability work. In the latter field, he has especially notable experience undertaking asbestos and respirator cases.

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Band 3

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Morgantown-based James Walls is regarded by clients as a "very helpful" figure to have on their side. His practice has a particular focus on environmental and energy-related cases, and he also has experience handling white-collar criminal matters.

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Band 4

Bailey & Wyant PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Chuck Bailey is Charleston managing partner of Bailey & Wyant PLLC. He is noted by peers for his strong track record in high-stakes commercial litigation - in particular, his regular handling of insurance cases and detailed knowledge of this sector.

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Band 4

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Bolen is acknowledged for his considerable expertise defending well-known natural resources companies. He has represented coal and oil and gas clients in a number of personal injury and commercial disputes, and also acts as an arbitrator in disputes within this sector.

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Band 4

Gretchen M Callas

Jackson Kelly PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gretchen Callas is praised for her ability in litigation, peers acknowledging that she "does a great job" for her clients. She is particularly active in product liability class action cases and is also noted for her handling of energy-related disputes.

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Band 4

Melissa Foster Bird

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Melissa Foster Bird is commended by clients for bringing "excellent skills to the table." Her recent cases include toxic torts as well as transportation and medical device litigation. Sources say: "She is a very good lawyer who gets good trial results."

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Band 4

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lee Murray Hall is noted for her insurance work, encompassing bad faith defense and a variety of liability claims. Her practice also extends to construction, personal injury and medical malpractice matters.

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Band 4

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Mahaney has extensive experience in litigation, notably in construction disputes. He has also acted on intellectual property and product liability cases.

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Band 4

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Niall Paul is noted by peers as "very smart and very skilled." His wide-ranging expertise encompasses toxic tort cases as well as employment litigation and appellate matters.

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Band 4

Charles F Printz, Jr.

Bowles Rice LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martinsburg-based Charles Printz is highly appreciated by his clients, one of whom notes: "He's taken the time to visit us and understand what we do. He tries to solve problems rather than create them."

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Band 4

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ancil Ramey is widely regarded as a "terrific appellate lawyer." His appellate practice covers a wide swath of insurance and general commercial cases.

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Band 4

Robert Sweeney, Jr.

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bo Sweeney is well recognized for his defense work in relation to asbestos mass tort claims. He also assists with construction and deliberate intent disputes. Peers view him as "a great guy."

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Up and Coming

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Up-and-comer Bernard Vallejos is praised by sources as "a real rising star, and the type of person who thinks outside the box. In long-running litigation you can trust him to get the work done." He is praised for his work in a number of areas, including personal injury and energy-related disputes.

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