Shaffer and Shaffer, PLLC

Serving individuals and businesses throughout West Virginia for more than 100 years

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Firm Overview

With roots firmly planted by our founder, H.G. Shaffer, Sr. in Madison, West Virginia in 1909, Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC has grown to serve individuals and businesses throughout West Virginia. We take pride in our reputation for honesty, integrity, service, and results.

We are a full service law firm:

Our experienced attorneys are well versed in many areas of the law

-We represent coal miners and other people who are injured at work
-We represent folks who have been injured in car accidents
-We bring claims for people who have suffered serious injuries or death due to accidents, defective products, or unsafe medical products
-We handle medical malpractice cases
-We help people who have been discriminated against or wrongfully fired from their employment
-We represent folks in their workers compensation and social security claims
-We can help you start and grow your business
-We help with employment issues, corporate organization, and insurance needs
-We are known for our work with complex insurance law issues
-We can help with real estate matters and issues involving coal, oil, and gas
-We can assist you with estate planning matters, like deeds, wills or powers of attorney
-We assist people when estate disputes develop
-We can defend you in court if someone brings a lawsuit against you

In cases of personal injury, we are prepared to meet with you at your home, the hospital, or where it is convenient for you. There is no charge for an initial consultation. In these cases, there are no fees unless we recover money for you.
Main Office

Main Office
330 State Street
Madison  WV  25130

Phone
  • 304 369-0511
Fax
  • 304-369-5431
Employment
Wrongful termination attorneys in West Virginia
Just as an employee can quit his or her job at any time with or without a reason, employers can terminate employees with or without cause. However, there are some circumstances where firing an employee constitutes wrongful termination. Wrongful termination is the employee's right to sue the employer for damages and lost wages.

Any legal action against an employer requires a comprehensive understanding of complex West Virginia and federal laws. When you are facing a complicated employment dispute, you need trusted and experienced legal adviceadvice that Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC attorneys have been providing their clients for more than a century.

A wrongful termination case may arise when

-An employee is terminated because of unlawful discrimination for gender, race, age, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or a disability
-An employee is terminated in retaliation for taking certain action such as reporting sexual harassment or other wrongdoing
-An employee is demoted or is treated in a way that creates a hostile work environment that forces the employee to quit
-An employee is terminated for reporting a safety violation
-An employee is terminated because he or she filed a workers compensation claim

Because employers have more power than individual employees, a wrongful termination lawsuit can lack hard evidence, leaving the outcome hinging on which side presents more persuasive testimony. An experienced employment law attorney can expose the underlying motivation for the termination. The attorneys of Shaffer & Shaffer contact witnesses, review any prior disciplinary actions, assess your prior work history, and create a compelling claim to challenge your termination.

When does discriminating become discrimination?

You have probably heard the expression life is unfair. Employers have the right to treat you unfairly. For example, an employer can discriminate on the basis of your performance, your height, or the color of your eyes. But the right to discriminate is limited under the law. Federal law prohibits discrimination based on

-Age
-Disability
-Race
-Religion
-Sex
-Genetic information

It is also against West Virginia and federal law to retaliate against an employee for filing a discrimination complaint.

Do you have a discrimination case against your employer?

If you have been treated unfairly by an employer, you may be a victim of unlawful discrimination. Some of the laws that protect you include the West Virginia Human Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

You may have a discrimination case, if you have

-Evidence of a discriminatory motive
-Evidence of a pattern of unfairness against other people who are similarly situated
-Monetary damages
Personal Injury
Helping accident victims obtain compensation for over a century
Personal injury is a broad category of law that addresses injuries, wrongs, and/or damages to the victim's person, property, rights and/or reputation. The injury can be physical or psychological, but to be able to take legal action it must occur due to the negligence or unreasonably unsafe actions of your employer, a manufacturer, your doctor, your landlord, or some other person or organization.

Shaffer & Shaffer handles all types of personal injury cases, such as

-Automobile collisions
-Motorcycle accidents
-Truck accidents
-Coal mining and other work accidents
-Defective products
-Exposure to asbestos, silica dust, and other toxic or dangerous substances (sometimes called toxic torts)
-Faulty repairs
-Medical malpractice
-Harmful pharmaceutical drugs
-Harmful or defective medical devices
-Workplace accidents
-Slips, trips, and falls
-Unsafe conditions

Get the compensation you deserve:

The attorneys at Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC have decades of experience representing accident victims and their families. If you are injured, or if a loved one did not survive a workplace, motor vehicle, or other accident, the attorneys of Shaffer & Shaffer thoroughly investigate the accident to determine the causes, and identify all potential defendants to hold responsible for suffering and losses. The attorneys of Shaffer & Shaffer know that when a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is filed, the defendants or the at-fault party may try to attribute blame to the victim or others. Shaffer & Shaffer aggressively asserts your claims to maximize your compensation.

Charles S. Piccirillo

More than 30 years of trial experience has resulted in Charlie's unique skill in complex insurance and commercial issues, including bad faith, insurance coverage issues, toxic torts, and litigation of serious accident claims. He is frequently called upon by the legal community statewide to mediate the most complex and difficult cases. Charlie graduated Order of the Coif from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1980. He is a past President of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and sits on several advisory boards. Charlie is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the several United States District Courts throughout West Virginia. He is located in the firm's Madison, West Virginia office.

Harry G. Shaffer, III

Harry "Chip" Shaffer, III has over 30 years of trial experience in cases ranging from insurance claims, automobile accidents, coal mining accidents and toxic torts, to real estate, coal, oil, gas and timber matters and general business litigation. Chip received his B.S. from West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1981, where he was a member of the West Virginia Law Review. He is a charter member and past President of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. He is also a Member of the West Virginia State Bar and a member and Past President of the Boone County Bar Association. Chip is a member of the Boards of the Boone County Bank, Charleston Area Alliance, Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Alderson Broaddus College, Boone Holding Company, Little Coal Land Company and the Boone County Community Foundation, Inc. He is a Member and Past President of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, Boone County WVU Alumni and Friends and the Madison Rotary Club. Chip has long been active in his church and the Boy Scouts of America, Buckskin Council. He is located in the firm's Madison, West Virginia office.

Anthony J. Cicconi

Tony has over 25 years of litigation experience involving workers' compensation, social security disability, long term disability claims, insurance issues and accident claims. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the West Virginia Law Review. Tony's workers' compensation practice covers all of West Virginia and his Social Security disability practice extends throughout West Virginia and into the surrounding states. He is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. Tony is located in the firm's Charleston office, but is available for consultations at either of the firm's locations.

Todd A. Mount

Todd is an experienced trial lawyer, whose practice primarily focuses on automobile accidents, personal injury litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and employment law litigation. Todd received his B.A. from West Virginia University, and earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Todd is located in the firm's Madison, West Virginia office.

Brian L. Ooten

Brian has devoted his practice to representing clients in a variety of injury and accident claims. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, wrongful death, and medical malpractice claims, coal mining and industrial accidents, toxic torts and employment and discrimination claims. Brian received his B.A. from the Pikeville College, and graduated Order of the Coif from the West Virginia University College of Law. He also served as Executive Publication Editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

Brian is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He is a member of the American Association for Justice. Brian is located in the firm's Madison office, but is available for consultations at either of the firm's locations.

Sabrena Olive Gillis

Sabrena is an experienced trial lawyer, whose practice focuses on insurance bad faith, insurance coverage issues, automobile accidents and construction claims. She received her B.A. from Marshall University, and earned her law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Board.

Sabrena is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. She is located in the firm's Charleston, West Virginia office.

Jeffrey S. Burgess

Jeff has over 25 years of trial experience dealing with automobile accidents, construction claims and other insurance coverage claims and bad faith litigation issues. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelors degree in Finance and received his J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. Jeff is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is from Barboursville, West Virginia and is based in the firm's Charleston office.

Benjamin M. Mishoe

Ben's practice focuses on complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation issues, and other civil litigation matters. He graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University in 2003, with a B.S. in business administration, with a focus on management of information systems. Ben was awarded his J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2006, where he had the privilege of serving as a student-attorney in the WVU College of Law Clinical Law Program. He served as law clerk to the Honorable James J. Rowe, Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia in Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties prior to his association with Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC.

Ben is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Ben was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia and his practice is located in the firm's Madison office.

K. Brian Adkins

Brian's practice revolves around insurance claims, wills and estates, property matters, corporate law, and the coal mining and gas industries. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a B.A. in psychology, and earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2004.

Brian is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. While in law school, he was a student-attorney in the WVU College of Law Clinical Law Program, a program for indigent individuals in need of legal assistance. Prior to joining Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, Brian served as law clerk to the Honorable Eric H. O'Briant, Judge of the 7th judicial circuit of West Virginia. He practices in our Madison office.

Born in Logan, WV, Brian currently lives in South Charleston, WV with his wife, Courtney, and their three children.

Richard W. Walters

Mr. Walters is an attorney with the law firm of Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, where he represents individuals, private corporations, nonprofit companies and government agencies in all facets of labor and employment law. His areas of representation include, but are not limited to, matters involving Wage and Hour law, wrongful termination, the West Virginia Human Rights Act, ADA, FMLA, NLRB, employment contracts, employee guidelines and sexual harassment.

Mr. Walters received his B.A. degree from the University of Charleston, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration. He has been admitted to practice in West Virginia and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia since 1995 and lectures regularly on a variety of employment matters.

Frank J. Venezia- Of Counsel

Frank has been representing clients in personal injury cases for over twenty years. His practice includes automobile accidents, wrongful death and injury claims, medical malpractice claims, coal mining and industrial accidents, toxic torts and employment and discrimination claims.

Frank received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and graduated Order of the Coif from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the West Virginia Law Review. He is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Frank serves on the Board of Governors for the West Virginia Association for Justice and is a member of the American Association for Justice. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Frank and his wife are active members of their Calhoun County community. He is based in the firm's Madison office, but is available for consultations in Calhoun County and at either of the firm's locations.
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