Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP

Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP Attorneys at Law The Smallest Big Firm in Town

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Firm Overview

We can describe ourselves that way because we believe it, and it's what truly sets us apart from other commercial law firms in West Virginia. Since we opened our doors in 1970, we have fought battles large and small, and we are regularly engaged to handle complex or resource-intensive representations. That attitude has created a firm culture solidly founded on customer service.

In fact, we believe that our relatively small size enhances our ability to take on big challenges, and to do everything necessary to meet those challenges well. It ensures that our clients are both able to work directly with our most experienced, senior attorneys, and also to take advantage of the cost-effective support of our talented associate attorneys and paralegals, who, again because of our small size, are mentored and monitored closely every step of the way.

Moreover, we know one another well, know one another's talents, and hence know how best to staff each task to assure that the client gets the team best suited to that task. In short, we are a close-knit, small firm that can nonetheless make a big impact. Although we are constantly on the lookout for exceptional attorneys to diversify our practice areas, we will never grow just for the sake of growth.

We value our firm culture, our close client relationships, and the personal development and achievements of our people too much to become a big firm just for bigness' sake. In short, we like being the smallest big firm in town.
Main Office

Main Office
300 Summers Street, Suite 1500
Charleston  WV  25301

Phone
  • 304-346-7000
Business
Our successful representation of clients in the state and federal appellate courts has given Goodwin a reputation for excellence in appellate law.
We have an accurate and thorough understanding of the appellate process, and we provide unsurpassed written and oral advocacy before the appellate courts.
-West Virginia Supreme Court
-Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Employment Law
We routinely help West Virginia employers comply with the many complex legal requirements that face them. West Virginia employers must deal with federal and state legal obligations, and important distinctions between the two make hiring knowledgeable local counsel critical. We regularly litigate employment cases involving wage payment, discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, covenants not to compete, and leaves of absence.

Litigation
Compliance counseling
Employee handbooks / policies review and drafting
Investigations

Thomas R. Goodwin

Mr. Goodwin's practice involves large commercial transactions, complex litigation and appellate advocacy.

Personal
Tom is married to Kathryn Sneddon Goodwin, and they have two grown daughtersCarrie and Emily. As he has for nearly his entire legal career, Tom lives on a working farm in the rolling hills of Evans, West Virginia, close to the town of Ripley where he was raised as a child. Tom stays busy with many activities on the farm, including tennis, swimming, golf, playing the piano and regularly entertaining his four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various commercial transactions including oil and gas matters
-Representing clients in the purchase and sale of stock and/or business assets
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing clients in state and federal court appeals

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-West Virginia State Bar Foundation Fellow (2003)
-American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2010)

Experience
-West Virginia State Tax Commissioner, 1977; Executive Assistant to Governor John D. Rockefeller, IV, 1977-1981

Court Admissions
-United States Supreme Court
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-West Virginia University, A.B. 1966
-West Virginia University, J.D. 1969; Order of the Coif; West Virginia Law Review Editor-in-Chief
-Harvard University, LLM, 1970
Education
  • West Virginia University
    Juris Doctorate , 1969

William K. Bragg, Jr.

Mr. Bragg's practice involves public finance, municipal law and corporate law.

Personal
Bill is married to Faith Bragg. They have a son, Scott, who is a pharmacist in Pittsburgh, and a daughter, Hope, who is an elementary education major at West Virginia University. Bill spends many evenings refereeing youth soccer matches in the Charleston area. He enjoys reading and yard or home improvement tasks.

Practice Details
-Serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel or special counsel to West Virginia municipalities, counties, school districts and other political subdivisions, as well as the State of West Virginia, for general obligation issues, revenue bond issues and industrial revenue bond issues for economic development projects.

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-National Association of Bond Lawyers

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, West Virginia University, 1977
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1980
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Carrie Goodwin Fenwick

Ms. Fenwick's practice involves civil litigation, with an emphasis on defense of predatory lending and unfair debt collection cases.

Personal
Carrie is married to David Fenwick, who is also a partner at Goodwin. They have three boys, John, Grant, and Abe, who keep them very busy. Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and attending her boys' various sports events and school activities.

Practice Details
-Representing clients against claims of predatory lending or unfair debt collection practices
-Representing clients facing claims made pursuant to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, with an emphasis on federal court practice
-Representing clients in mass and class action litigation
-Working with other law firms to represent clients who face litigation in West Virginia

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association
-West Virginia State Bar
-Kanawha County Bar Association

Experience
-Clerk for the Honorable M. Blane Michael, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996-1997

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.S., Business magna cum laude, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1992
-J.D., Washington and Lee School of Law, magna cum laude, 1996, Managing Editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review, 1996, authored "Central Bank v. First Interstate Bank: Not Just the End of Aiding and Abetting Under Section 10(b)." 54 Wash. & Lee L. R. 1387 (1995).
Education
  • Washington and Lee School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

J. David Fenwick

Mr. Fenwick's practice involves civil litigation, employment law, and telecommunications law.

Personal
David is married to Carrie Goodwin Fenwick, who is also a partner at Goodwin. They have three boys, John, Grant, and Abe. David enjoys coaching youth baseball and basketball and spending time year-round practicing various sports with his boys in a futile effort to remain youthful. David also enjoys reading and travelling with his family.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing employers in employment law litigation
-Counseling employers on employment law compliance, including workplace policies and practices, EEOC/discrimination laws, drug testing, sexual harassment, wage & hour issues, disability issues and leave of absence issues
-Drafting employment contracts, policies and handbooks
-Representing telecommunications carriers in various litigation and regulatory proceedings before the Public Service Commission

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association
-West Virginia State Bar
-Kanawha County Bar Association

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A., English (writing) with high honors, University of Tennessee (at Knoxville), 1989
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, Order of Barristers, 1992
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Carte P. Goodwin

Senator Goodwin is a partner with Goodwin, and his practice includes litigation and appellate advocacy, as well as advising clients on government relations, intellectual property matters and commercial transactions.

Personal
Carte currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife, Rochelle, son, Wesley Patrick, and daughter, Anna Vail.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts.
-Representing clients in mass and class action litigation.
-Representing clients in intellectual property litigation.
-Representing clients in various commercial transactions as well as the formation and organization of business entities.
-Representing clients in government affairs.
-Representing clients in the preparation and registration of federal trademark applications, license agreements and intellectual property litigation.

Experience
After serving as General Counsel to Governor Joe Manchin III from 2005-2009, Carte returned to Goodwin, which he initially joined in 2000. In July of 2010, Governor Joe Manchin III appointed Carte to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. Most recently, he has been appointed to serve on the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.

-United States Senator, 2010
--Senate Armed Services Committee
--Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
--Senate Budget Committee
--Committee on Rules and Administration
-General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, 2005-2009
-Chairman, School Building Authority
-Member, Consolidated Public Retirement Board
-Chairman, Governor's Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations
-Clerk for the Honorable Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-Marietta College, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude 1996
-The Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law, 1999; Order of the Coif, Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Emory International Law Review, Authored "Live, In Concert and Beyond: A New Standard of Contributory Copyright Infringement." 13 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 345 (199

Robert W. Full

Mr. Full has a varied background in both public and private practice, and his practice involves commercial transactions and general civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial litigation.

Personal
Robert and his wife, Sharon, were married in 1975 and have raised four grown children. Mr. Full is an avid golfer and fan and follower of both West Virginia University's sports teams and Pittsburgh's professional sports teams. Mr. Full has devoted over the years, and continues to devote, substantial time to and involvement in charitable and community organizations and boards, including for such organizations as Rotary, Camden Clark Foundation, The Salvation Army and United Way.

Practice Details
-Assisting clients in formation of business organizations, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies
-Representing both sellers and purchasers in commercial transactions
-Representing both banks and borrowers in commercial loan transactions, including real estate and real estate development loans
-Representing lenders in collections, including foreclosure of security interests in both real estate and personal property collateral, and related civil litigation
-Representing banks in civil litigation involving lender liability, negotiable instruments, letters of credit, and secured transactions
-Preparing contracts and commercial documents
-Representing cable television clients in various matters
-Representing clients in general civil litigation in state and federal courts

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association
-West Virginia State Bar Association
-District 3 Character Committee for West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
-District 3 Grievance Committee
-West Virginia Bar Association
-Wood County Bar Association (President 1983 1984)

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A. Political Science, West Virginia University, 1971
-J.D. West Virginia University College of Law, 1974
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

James A. Kirby III

Mr. Kirby's practice involves general civil litigation, insurance coverage, public finance, municipal law, and government procurement.

Personal
Jim is originally from Fairmont, and currently resides in Charleston with his wife, daughter, and two sons. He is a member of the Down Syndrome Network of West Virginia and the Charleston YMCA.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia's State and Federal Courts and the West Virginia Court of Claims
-Representing clients with insurance coverage issues
-Representing clients against claims of predatory lending, unfair debt collection practices, and other claims under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act
-Serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and issuer's counsel to West Virginia municipalities, political subdivisions, and the State of West Virginia
-Representing both patients and physicians in claims made pursuant to the Medical Professional Liability Act

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-Kanawha County Bar Association
-American Inns of Court
-National Association of Bond Lawyers

Experience
-Served as General Counsel to the State of West Virginia Department of Administration
-Served as Issuer's Counsel to the Tobacco Settlement Finance Authority, which issued the largest bond deal in the State's history
Clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Irons, 31st Judicial Circuit

Court Admissions
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Education
-B.A., Philosophy, West Virginia University, 1995
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2000
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

Johnny M. Knisely II

Mr. Knisely's practice involves general civil litigation, appellate advocacy, antitrust, and class actions.

Personal
John is the father of 19-year-old twins, Lawson and Julia, who overcame extremely premature birth and of whom he is immensely proud. He has been an avid genealogy buff for many years, and he also enjoys hiking and cooking. He was introduced to pro football at age six and has been a steadfast member of Steelers Nation ever since.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing clients involved in complex litigation, including antitrust and class actions
-Representing clients in state and federal court appeals
-Providing consultation to lawyers outside the firm who are involved in complex state and federal court appeals

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Experience
-Served as Clerk to the Honorable K. K. Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1990 until 1999
-Principal Author, "Insider's Guide to the West Virginia Appellate Courts," a chapter in the Council of Appellate Lawyers, Appellate Judges Conference, American Bar Association
-Board Member, West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 20042008

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A. cum laude in Political Science, Fairmont State College, 1985
-J.D., West Virginia University, 1988; Order of the Coif; Co-Editor, National Coal Issue, West Virginia Law Review

Elise N. McQuain

Elise's practice involves general civil litigation, employment law litigation and predatory lending/unfair debt collection litigation.

Personal
Elise is married to James McQuain and enjoys spending time with him. They enjoy biking, kayaking, and camping. Elise also loves curling up with a good book and gardening.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing employers in employment law litigation
-Representing clients against claims of predatory lending or unfair debt collection practices

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-J.D., with high distinction, Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ada, OH; Willis Society; Recognition Medal; Articles Editor, Ohio Northern Law Review; 2013
-B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy with Honors, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2010
-B.A., magna cum laude, Dance with Honors, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2010
Education
  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2013

Richard D. "Ky" Owen

Mr. Owen's practice involves civil litigation, employment law, and general corporate law.

Personal
Ky is married to Tammy Owen, who is also a partner at the firm. They have a son, Aaron, and a daughter, Sierra Ferrell. Ky spends many evenings refereeing youth soccer games.

Practice Details
-Representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation, commercial disputes, fraud claims, insurance coverage disputes, employment discrimination matters, oil and gas/mineral leases, antitrust, and other contract and tort actions, including class actions
-Representing banks, mortgage lenders, servicers and finance companies in litigation, both as lead counsel and local counsel
-Counseling businesses regarding employment matters and policies
-Counseling clients in commercial transactions and contract matters, including acquisitions, limited liability company and partnership agreements, real estate leases, and related matters
-Representing contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in mechanic's lien claims
-Representing clients in connection with appeals in state and federal court

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Section of Dispute Resolution
-West Virginia State Bar
-Kanawha County Bar Association

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A., Journalism and Economics, Michigan State University, 1981
-J.D., Hamline University School of Law with honors, 1984; Law Review
Education
  • Hamline University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Tammy J. Owen

Mrs. Owen's practice involves commercial financing, mergers and acquisitions., energy law, contract preparation and review, real estate, and general corporate law. Her practice has a particular focus upon on oil and gas transactions, including acquisition, financing transactions and midstream activities.

Personal
Tammy is married to Richard "Ky" Owen. Tammy spends many hours as a parent volunteer with the West Virginia Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, of which she currently serves as President. She also enjoys spending time kayaking on the Greenbrier River and biking the Greenbrier River Trail. Ky and Tammy have a son, Aaron Owen, and a daughter, Sierra Ferrell.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various commercial transactions as well as the formation and organization of business entities
-Drafting and negotiating contracts
-Representing clients in the purchase and sale of stock and/or business assets and in the acquisition and disposition of real estate
-Providing general corporate counseling
-Assisting clients with due diligence and financing transactions
-Representing oil and gas clients in transactions and related matters

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association, Business Law Section
-West Virginia State Bar (Chair, Committee on Legal Assistants)
-Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (Board of Trustees)

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts
-District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Education
-B.A., Political Science, cum laude, University of Charleston, 1980
-J.D., The George Washington University with highest honors, 1990; Order of Coif; Law Review
Education
  • The George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

Michael I. Spiker

Personal
Mike is married to Marty Spiker and has two grown children--one employed in pharmaceutical industry and the other a fourth year medical student. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in commercial matters, including health care and oil and gas entities
-Representing clients in various civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing health care, public utilities, natural resources and other clients in interactions with state agencies for licensing, regulatory complaints, rates or other matters
-Representing clients in bond financing matters
-Representing clients before the West Virginia Legislature and state agencies
-Approved mediator and certified arbitrator

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association
-West Virginia State Bar Association
-Kanawha County Bar Association
-Jackson County Bar Association
-American Health Lawyers Association
-American Arbitration Association
-West Virginia Bar Association
-West Virginia Approved Mediator
-Registered West Virginia Lobbyist
-Best Lawyers In America
-Recipient of Two West Virginia State Bar "Certificate of Merit" highest award for service to West Virginia State Bar
-Former Member West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors
-Former Member West Virginia Legislature Joint Committee on Government Operation
-Trustee and Member of Board of Epworth W. M. Church
-Past and Present Member Various Civil Organizations

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.S., Business Administration West Virginia University
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1975
-U.S. Army 1970-72
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

Deanna R. Stone

Ms. Stone's practice involves commercial transactions, real estate law and civil litigation.

Personal
Deanna has two children. Her daughter, Heather, is married to Aaron Kessler and has one child, Tristan Stone Kessler. Her son, Andrew Hornyak, is in the United States Army, recently returned from a two-year tour of duty in Korea, and currently is stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Her household includes her fianc, Andrew Gallagher, four cats - Lex, Jack Wilson, Keeper, and Flower, a Newfoundland - Narin, and a Lhasa Apso - Ross. She enjoys gardening and travel.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in commercial real estate transactions
-Representing clients in commercial transactions, including stock and asset purchases and sales
-Representing clients in oil and gas transactions
-Counseling and assisting clients in business organization matters, including company formation, mergers, conversions, share exchanges, and related matters
-Representing clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts, including commercial disputes, predatory lending, creditor defense, and insurance coverage cases

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-American Bar Association

Experience
-Internship with the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State Courts

Work History
-Executive Director for the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2003-2008
-Statewide Brownfields Coordinator, National Institute for Chemical Studies, 2002-2003
-Museum Director, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc., 1993-2000

Education
-B.A., summa cum laude in History, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2009; Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review; Recipient, Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholarship Award; Recipient, Henry S. Schrader Scholarship; Recipient, Arch Coal Scholarship.
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009

Brock D. Stotts

Mr. Stotts' practice involves personal injury and wrongful death, general civil litigation, real estate, consumer bankruptcy, wills, and oil and gas law.

Personal
Mr. Stotts was born and raised in Ripley, WV and remains active within the surrounding communities. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting the abundant historic small towns in WV, as well other areas along the WV countryside. He loves spending time with his wonderful Siberian Husky and spends warmer evenings tending the lawn. Mr. Stotts is also a dedicated sportsman and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, running, golfing, all sports, and simply being outdoors.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, including personal injury and wrongful death cases
-Advising clients with regard to estate planning issues
-Representing purchasers and sellers in real estate transactions
-Representing various interested parties in oil and gas transactions
-Representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases and related proceedings

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Education
-B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Business Administration with honors, Fairmont State University, WV 2006
-J.D. West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV, 2009
Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, Member
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009

Suzanne J. Trowbridge

Mrs. Trowbridge's practice concentrates in the area of bankruptcy, including bankruptcy sales and acquisitions, creditor rights, collections, and bankruptcy litigation. She also includes in her practice estate planning services.

Personal
Mrs. Trowbridge and her husband Mark live outside of Charleston on a golf course where she spends time fostering dogs. Additional activities include volunteer work in a number of charitable organizations.

Practice Details
-Representing businesses and individuals in bankruptcy cases and proceedings, both as creditors and as debtors, in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia as well as in other jurisdictions
-Assisting clients in bankruptcy sales and acquisitions under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
-Representing parties in bankruptcy litigation and contested matters, including stay relief motions under Bankruptcy Code section 362 and financing motions under section 364.
-Counseling clients, both individuals and businesses, on insolvency matters, financing and pre-bankruptcy planning
-Advising clients regarding estate planning, drafting wills and trusts and other estate planning related documents, and probating estates.

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar, Bankruptcy Committee
-Kanawha County Bar Association
-American Bankruptcy Institute (VOLO Editor)

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.S. Journalism, West Virginia University, 1968; winner, feature writing division, William Randolph Hearst National Writing Competition
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1986; Order of the Coif, W.Va. Law Review and Journal of College and University Law
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

W. Jeffrey Vollmer

Mr. Vollmer's practice involves general and complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy.

Personal
Jeff is married to Shannon Vollmer, who teaches at Charleston Catholic High School. They have two children, Will and Lila. Jeff enjoys hunting, tennis, and Crossfit workouts.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, including personal injury and other tort actions, commercial disputes, class action lawsuits and insurance coverage matters.
-Representing clients in state and federal appeals.
-Assisting out-of-state law firms in representation of clients in litigation pending in West Virginia.

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-District of Columbia Bar Association
-Maryland Bar Association

Experience
-Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2004-2005
-Associate, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC, 2005-2006

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State Courts
-District of Columbia Court of Appeals and all lower D.C. Courts
-Maryland Court of Appeals and all lower Maryland Courts

Education
-J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2004; Order of the Coif; Senior Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review; Recipient, Roy L. Steinheimer Award for Best Student Note; Author, "Pretext in Employment Discrimination Litigation: Mandatory Instructions for Permissible Inferences?" 61 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 407 (2004).
-B.A., cum laude, in English with honors, Middlebury College, VT, 2001

W. Jeffrey Vollmer

Mr. Vollmer's practice involves general and complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy.

Personal
Jeff is married to Shannon Vollmer, who teaches at Charleston Catholic High School. They have two children, Will and Lila. Jeff enjoys hunting, tennis, and Crossfit workouts.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, including personal injury and other tort actions, commercial disputes, class action lawsuits and insurance coverage matters.
-Representing clients in state and federal appeals.
-Assisting out-of-state law firms in representation of clients in litigation pending in West Virginia.

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-District of Columbia Bar Association
-Maryland Bar Association

Experience
-Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2004-2005
-Associate, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC, 2005-2006

Court Admissions
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State Courts
-District of Columbia Court of Appeals and all lower D.C. Courts
-Maryland Court of Appeals and all lower Maryland Courts

Education
-J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2004; Order of the Coif; Senior Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review; Recipient, Roy L. Steinheimer Award for Best Student Note; Author, "Pretext in Employment Discrimination Litigation: Mandatory Instructions for Permissible Inferences?" 61 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 407 (2004).
-B.A., cum laude, in English with honors, Middlebury College, VT, 2001
Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

Joseph M. Ward

Mr. Ward's practice involves general civil litigation, regulatory matters and lobbying.

Personal
Joe and his wife, Alyson, live in Charleston, where they enjoy raising their two children and being active in the community.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, including commercial disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith matters, consumer credit/"predatory lending" actions, and personal injury cases.
-Lobbying the West Virginia Legislature and Executive branch officials on behalf of clients in various fields, including the natural gas, pharmaceutical and gaming industries.
-Advising clients on state and federal regulations and representing them before state agencies, including the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the State Tax Department and the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-District of Columbia Bar Association
-Maryland Bar Association

Experience
-West Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Member 2008 to present.
-Deputy General Counsel to Governor Joe Manchin, III, 2005-2007.
-Governor's Designee to West Virginia Public Energy Authority, 2005-2007.

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State Courts
-District of Columbia Court of Appeals and all lower D.C. Courts
-Maryland Court of Appeals and all lower Maryland Courts

Education
-B.A., History and Government, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1997.
-J.D., Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC (2002) (cum laude). Executive Editor, CommLaw Conspectus, Journal of Law and Communications.
Education
  • Catholic University Columbus School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Benjamin B. Ware

Mr. Ware's practice involves general civil litigation, personal injury and wrongful death matters.

Personal
Ben is married to Amber Ware and enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, and exercising regularly.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts, including personal injury and wrongful death, deliberate intent, employment law, and insurance coverage matters.
-Representing businesses in commercial disputes.
-Represented the sole survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster, Randal McCloy, Jr., in claims against various parties for injuries resulting from the mine explosion.

Professional Affiliations
-American Bar Association
-West Virginia State Bar
-WVU College of Law Development Council, 2007 to Present
-Golden Key National Honor Society, 1998 to Present
-Sigma Chi Fraternity House Corporation, WVU Chapter, 2008 to Present

Experience
-Law Offices of Benjamin B. Ware, PLLC, Morgantown, WV, 2009 to 2010
-Goodwin & Ware, LLP, Morgantown, WV, 2007 to 2009
-Goodwin, Charleston, WV, 2005 to 2007

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of WV
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower state courts

Education
-B.S. Economics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2002
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2005
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Susan C. Wittemeier

Ms. Wittemeier's practice involves civil litigation, general corporate law, commercial transactions, energy law, and regulatory law.

Personal
Susan is married to Robert O'Neil. They have two sons, William and Thomas.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various commercial transactions
-Representing clients in the purchase and sale of stock and/or business
-Representing clients in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing public utilities before the West Virginia Public Service Commission
-Representing energy companies in transactions and litigation matters
-Representing clients in state and federal appeals

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar
-Ohio State Bar
-Kanawha County Bar Association

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.B.A., College of William and Mary, 1978
-J.D., The Ohio State University School of Law, Order of Coif, 1981
Education
  • The Ohio State University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

Victoria L. Wilson

Victoria's practice involves general civil litigation, employment law litigation and predatory lending/unfair debt collection litigation.

Personal
Victoria Wilson is married to Donteako Wilson. They have one daughter Gabrielle. Victoria is a member of the Children's Home Society of West Virginia's Human Rights Committee. She also is a member of the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and gardening.

Practice Details
-Representing clients in various civil litigation throughout West Virginia's state and federal courts
-Representing employers in employment law litigation
-Representing clients against claims of predatory lending or unfair debt collection practices

Professional Affiliations
-West Virginia State Bar

Experience
-Served as a Judicial Extern with the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Court Admissions
-United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
-United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
-West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts

Education
-B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science with honors, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 2004
-J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV 2007, Moot Court Board
Education
  • West Virginia University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
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