Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Caruth, Moore, Kersey & Stafford, PLLC

Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Caruth, Moore, Kersey & Stafford, PLLC

At Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Caruth, Moore, Kersey, & Stafford, PLLC, we are a full-service litigation law firm with offices in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Firm Overview

Our attorneys represent businesses, lending institutions, employers, insurers, and individuals across a broad spectrum of legal concerns, focusing on the following:
-Insurance defense
-Real estate
-Banking and finance
-Corporate litigation
-Estate planning / elder law
-Personal injury
-Employment law
-Workers' compensation.

Our successful practice rests on a down-to-earth, get-the-job-done attitude and a systematic, hands-on approach on the part of each member of the firm. We hold to the policy that the attorney initially assigned to the case works the case; we do not pass off assignments to other attorneys or staff, but handle each one personally with ongoing attention to communication and efficiency.

We offer fee arrangements that meet the needs of our clients. We offer hourly rates, flat fees, contingency fees, and hybrid fees to meet our clients' specific needs.

Established in 1960, our firm has a long record of legal service to the Bluefield community. Each of our current members has spent his entire career with the firm. We have earned the respect of courts and colleagues throughout southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia, and we have earned a reputation for principled and professional legal counsel in all aspects of our work. We are licensed in West Virginia and Virginia, and we appear in state and federal court in both states.

Our lawyers are committed to personal, hands-on attention to every case, and to regular ongoing, and proactive communication with our clients about new developments and case status. We have a systematic, down-to-earth, get-the-job-done attitude, and we approach our work focused on efficient and effective representation.
We invite you to contact our law firm today for experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled legal counsel.

With offices in Bluefield, we represent clients in the West Virginia counties of Mercer, Kanawha, Boone, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Mingo, Logan, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Wyoming, Summers, McDowell, and Monroe; and in the Virginia counties of Bland, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell, Giles, Russell, Washington, Smyth, and Wythe.
Main Office
Main Office
418 Bland Street
Bluefield  WV  24701
Phone
  • 304-325-9177
Websites
Real Estate
We assist our clients in effective estate planning designed to ensure that their wishes are carried out and to reduce tax consequences to their heirs.
Throughout our practice, our work is thorough, systematic, professional, and principled. We hold ourselves to a high ethical standard, and we are committed to hands-on, personal representation, creative and efficient problem solving, and effective results on our clients' behalf. We invite you to contact our law offices today to discuss your legal concern.

With offices in Bluefield, we represent clients in the West Virginia counties of Mercer, Kanawha, Boone, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Mingo, Logan, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Wyoming, Summers, McDowell, and Monroe; and in the Virginia counties of Bland, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell, Giles, Russell, Washington, Smyth, and Wythe.

Harold D. Brewster Jr.

Harold joined the firm upon his graduation from West Virginia University in 1963. After practicing as a medical malpractice litigator for over 25 years, Mr. Brewster decided to limit his practice to real estate transactions. Through Mr. Brewster's efforts, the firm has amassed one of the largest collections of real estate abstracts in Mercer County, West Virginia. Mr. Brewster currently serves as the president of the Mercer County Humane Society. In this capacity, Mr. Brewster recently led a fundraising effort to build a new animal shelter for Mercer County.

Area of Practice:
-Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions:
-West Virginia, 1963

Education:
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1963 LL.B.
-Law Review: West Virginia Law Review, Board of Student Editors,
1962 - 1963
-West Virginia University, 1960
A.B.
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    LL.B.

Lawrence E. Morhous

Originally from Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Larry moved to Bluefield and joined the firm in 1972. Larry devotes 90% of his practice to litigation, focusing primarily on industrial accidents.

Area of Practices:
-Employment Law -- Employee
-Employment Law -- Employer
-Insurance Law
-Personal Injury -- Defense
-Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Bar Admissions:
-West Virginia, 1972

Education:
-Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1972
--J.D.
-University of Virginia, 1969
--B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-Mercer County Bar Association | Past President
-The West Virginia Bar Association | Past President
-American Bar Association | Member
-The West Virginia State Bar | Member
-Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia | Member
-Association of Defense Trial Attorneys | Member
Education
  • University of Virginia
    Juris Doctorate

Jerry J. Cameron

Jerry represents clients which are involved in business transactions throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has long had a AV Preeminent peer rating by Martindale Hubbell and is listed as one of West Virginia's Super Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell for Commercial Transactions.

Area of Practices
-Banking & Finance Law
-Business Organizations
-Contracts Litigation

Bar Admissions
-West Virginia, 1967
-U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Educations
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, --1967 J.D.
-West Liberty State College, 1964
--A.B.

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Mercer County Bar Association | Member and Past President
-The West Virginia Bar Association | Member
-American Bar Association | Member
-The West Virginia State Bar | Member
-Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia |Member and Former Member of -Board of Directors
-Former U.S. Magistrate
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kermit J. Moore

Kermit grew up in Fayette County, West Virginia, and joined the firm in 1983. He devotes his practice to litigation in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, and 1983 Civil Rights/Excessive Force claims. Kermit has developed course materials and taught seminars to West Virginia law enforcement officers regarding 1983 Civil Rights claims.

Area of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Defense of State and Local government entities and political -subdivisions
-Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions
-West Virginia, 1983
-U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983

Educations
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1983 J.D.
-Marshall University, 1977
--M.A.
-West Virginia Institute of Technology, 1976
--B.A..

Professional Associations and Memberships
-American Bar Association | Member
-Mercer County Bar Association, 1999 - 2002 | Board of Governors
-The West Virginia State Bar | Member
-Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia | Member
-Defense Research Institute | Member

Past Employment Positions
-Mercer County, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1987 - 1996
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

David M. Kersey

David is a lifelong resident of Bluefield, West Virginia. Upon graduation from law school in 1984, David joined the firm and soon concentrated his practice in insurance coverage and defense.

David serves on the board of the Greater Bluefield Community Center and the Bluefield Baseball Club (Bluefield Bluejays). David is also a skilled woodworker.

Area of Practice
-Insurance Coverage & Defense
-Personal Injury - Defense
-Banking

Bar Admissions
-West Virginia, 1984
-U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1984

Educations
-West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1984 --J.D.
--Honors: Order of the Coif
-Wake Forest University, 1979
--B.S.
--Honors: Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Mercer County Bar Association | Member
-West Virginia State Bar | Member
-Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia | Member
-Defense Research Institute | Member
-Bluefield Baseball Club, 1995 - Present | Director and General Counsel
-Bluefield Community Center, 1999 - Present | Director
-Greater Bluefield Jaycees, 1984 - 1994 | Distinguished Board Member
-City of Bluefield Human Rights Commission, 1998 - Present | Member
-Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Civil Service Commission, 1997 - Present | Member
-Christ Episcopal Church | Lifetime Member, Vestryman (3-Terms), Senior Warden

Past Employment Positions
-Mercer County, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1987 - 1996
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

William P. Stafford, II

Will is a lifelong resident of Mercer County and represents the third generation of his family committed to community service in Mercer County and Southern West Virginia. Will serves on numerous boards, including the Chuck Mathena Center for the performing arts and the Hunnicutt Foundation.

Will served in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets as an undergraduate. He received his law degree from Washington & Lee University.

Will concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning, creditor's rights, banking, business and commercial law.

Area of Practice
-Business & Commercial Law
-Creditor's Rights
-Estate Planning
-Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions
-Virginia, 1990
-U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
-West Virginia, 1991
-U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1991
-U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1992

Educations
-Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1990
-J.D.
-Honors: Cum Laude Virginia
-Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1987
-B.S.M.E.

Professional Associations and Memberships
-American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1983 - 1989 | Member
-Mercer County Bar Association | Member
-West Virginia State Bar | Member
-Virginia State Bar | Member
-The H.P. and Anne S. Hunnicutt Foundation, Inc. | Director and Corporate Secretary
-First Community Bancshares, Inc. | Director
-First Community Bank, N.A. | Director
-Princeton Machinery Service, Inc. | Director and Corporate Secretary
-Melrose Enterprises, Ltd. | Director and Corporate Secretary
-Stafford Farms, LLC | Member
Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jerad K. Horne

Jerad joined the firm in 2006 and focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, Social Security, and workers compensation. Jerad grew up in Bradshaw, McDowell County, West Virginia, where his father served as Assistant Superintendent of McDowell County Schools and on the McDowell County Commission. Jerad graduated from Iaeger High School where his mother served as the librarian. Jerad now lives in Princeton but maintains close ties to McDowell County.

Area of Practice
-Insurance Defense
-Personal Injury
-Social Security
-Workers Compensation
-Wills and Advance Directives

Bar Admissions
-West Virginia, 2006
-U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2006
-U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010

Educations
West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, May, 2005
JD
Honors: CALI Award for highest grade in Civil Procedure
Honors: CALI Award for highest grade in Construction Law
Honors: CALI Award for highest grade in Judicial Power and Restraint Seminar
Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 2002
BA
Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships
-West Virginia State Bar | Member
-West Virginia Bar Association | Member
-Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia | Member
-Mercer County Bar Association | Member
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Brian K. Cochran

Brian joined the firm in 2012 and focuses his practice on Defense of Governmental entities, Insurance Defense, Municipal Law, and Employment Law. He is a former law enforcement officer with sixteen years of criminal and traffic investigation experience in West Virginia including twelve years as a trooper with the West Virginia State Police. Brian resides in Mercer County with his wife and three children.

Area of Practice
Defense of State and local governmental entities and political subdivisions
Insurance Defense
Municipal Law
Employment Law

Bar Admissions
West Virginia - 2007

US District Court, Southern District of West Virginia - 2007

Educations
Appalachian School of Law - J.D. 2007

Glenville State College- B.A. 2002

Marshall University- A.A.S. 1993

Fairmont State College- A.A.S. 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships
West Virginia State Bar
West Virginia Bar Association
Mercer County Bar Association
West Virginia Municipal Attorney's Association
Bluefield Blue Jays Baseball, Director

Past Employment Positions
Grafton Police Department, Patrolman; 1988-1991
Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Deputy; 1991-1992
West Virginia State Police, Trooper; 1992-2004
Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown, & Poe, Attorney; 2007-2008
City of Bluefield, Attorney; 2008-2012
Education
  • Appalachian School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

W. Blake Belcher

Blake, originally from Abingdon, VA, moved to Bluefield to join the firm in 2013. He focuses his practice primarily in Litigation, and Criminal Law. He is a lifelong resident of Southwestern Virginia and still maintains close ties with Abingdon.

Area of Practice
Litigation
Criminal Law

Bar Admissions
Virginia Bar 2012

Educations
Appalachian School of Law - J.D. 2012

Virginia Tech B.S. Management, 2008 Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, 2013


Past Employment Positions
Washington County Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Intern
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