Defense Strategies
That Protect You

Practice Areas

  • Chemical and Product Manufacturing
  • Timber
  • Healthcare Institutions
  • Nursing Homes for Medical Malpractice


As a West Virginia defense litigator, I have tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict for clients in a variety of industries, including chemical and product manufacturing, timber, and health care institutions and nursing homes for medical malpractice.

I have represented a national mining equipment manufacturer against claims including miner silicosis and also defended third party claims filed by a manufacturer of respirators in claims filed by black lung victims for the alleged defect in respirators worn by underground coal miners.

I am national, regional and local counsel for clients named in asbestos litigation and I am familiar with the pattern and practice of asbestos litigation in West Virginia and nationally.

I have also represented clients regional and local counsel for clients named in benzene litigation.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1980
  • W.V. Weslyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia
    • B.S. - 1977
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Government

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982

Professional Associations

  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, 1980 to Present

Representative Clients

  • Induction furnace manufacturer
  • Coal mining equipment manufacturer
  • Paint manufacturer

Past Positions

  • Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Of Counsel, 1980 to 2021