1411 Virginia Street, E., Suite 200, The Virginia Center, P.O. BOX 3953
Charleston WV 25339
Founding member David L. Shuman is one of West Virginia's most highly-regarded medical malpractice defense attorneys. Mr. Shuman has successfully represented West Virginia physicians for more than forty years. His practice includes defending physicians in malpractice cases and defending medical product liability cases. His practice varies from representing individual physicians to large physician groups who have been entangled with mass tort litigation concerning products such as breast implants, FenPhen, Rezulin, and OxyContin.
Mr. Shuman regularly speaks to physicians' groups regarding medical malpractice issues and legislation that affects physicians. His expertise in this field, coupled with his reputation in the West Virginia legal community, has earned him Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV Rating," which signifies that peers rank him at preeminent levels of legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Shuman participates in Annual Risk Management seminars for the West Virginia Dental Association and represents Dental Professionals throughout the entire State of West Virginia.
John F. McCuskey began his association with Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC in 1999, following his service as the 70th Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Born and educated in Clarksburg, Mr. McCuskey's career in law was preceded by his election to the West Virginia State Legislature in 1972, while he was still a law student at West Virginia University College of Law. Over the next ten years, he combined a family law practice with his career in public service in his native Harrison County, West Virginia. In these endeavors, he gained experience and expertise in the formulation of legislation and governmental policy as well as all areas of commercial and individual litigation.
After serving as West Virginia's Commissioner of Finance and Administration from 1985 to 1988, Mr. McCuskey became a partner in the firm of Campbell Woods Bagley in Charleston. For 10 years, his trial practice concentrated on products liability and insurance defense in which he successfully represented clients in federal and state court trials throughout West Virginia. Appointed by Governor Cecil Underwood to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 1998, he authored 10 majority opinions and numerous concurrences and dissents during his year on the state's highest court.
As a co-founder of the firm of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC, Mr. McCuskey has continued his active litigation practice in professional malpractice defense, including architect, engineering, C.P.A., and financial representative matters. He also practices in coal, oil, gas, and energy related law. Relying on his government experience, Mr. McCuskey also practices state and local government relations. His standing in the legal community has earned him Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV" Rating, which signifies that peers rank him at preeminent levels of legal ability and professional ethics.
Mr. McCuskey and his late wife, Anne, made Charleston their home thirty years ago and raised two children here. Their daughter, Liz, is now a law professor. Their son, J.B., practices law and serves in the WV State Legislature.
William R. Slicer, an experienced AV rated trial lawyer, has been defending national and local companies since 1989. He has defended cases involving catastrophic accidents, injuries, discrimination, harassment, business interruption, product defects, property damage, excessive force, municipal liability, construction disputes, and exposure to asbestos, silica, radon, and chemicals.
Mr. Slicer has also successfully defended commercial construction companies, trucking companies, engineering firms, manufacturers, national retailers, satellite television companies, oil and gas companies, and insurance companies.
As a managing member and co-founder of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC, he strives to continue offering superior representation to the firm's clients, through keen analysis, effective strategy, organization, proper training of assistants, and use of the latest technology.
Before the decline of the Appalachian coal industry, Mr. Slicer spent years defending the industry which enabled the growth of our great nation. His work for the coal industry honed his legal skills in matters involving contracts, leases, mine health and safety issues, citations, workers' compensation and unemployment claims, accidents, dust, noise, blasting, haulage, flooding, deliberate intent, business interference, property disputes, harassment, and non-compete agreements. His successful defense of companies follows in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Robert G. Kelly, a nationally-recognized industry lawyer and founder of Jackson, Kelly, Holt & O'Farrell, where Mr. Slicer previously worked.
Mr. Slicer and his wife, Virginia, have two children. He is active in his community where he has served on various boards and is a member of Charleston Rotary. Outside work, he skis, mountain bikes, and plays ice hockey.