West Virginia

166 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

W.Va. Governor Picks Lawyer, His Ex-GC, for Byrd Seat

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has picked his former general counsel to fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd.

The Charleston, W.Va., lawyer, 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, will…

Tennessee’s Allen Kopet Acquires W.Va. Firm, Grows ‘One State at a Time’

The sign on the office of Charleston, W.Va., law firm Francis, Nelson & Brison will be changing soon.

The seven-lawyer law firm has been acquired by Allen, Kopet & Associates,…

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Ex-Lawyer Accused of Collecting $132K from PD Service in Billing Scam

A disbarred lawyer has been charged with fraudulently collecting $132,000 from the West Virginia Public Defender Services by altering vouchers that had been signed by a judge.

William Duty, 59,…

Attorney Charged with Arson & Attempted Arson in Law Firm Fires

A West Virginia attorney has been accused of setting fire in 2007 to the Martinsburg law firm at which she then worked and attempting to set another fire there in…

Lawyer Accused of Beating Client with a Baseball Bat Accepts Plea Deal

A suspended West Virginia lawyer set to go to trial on Monday for beating a client with a baseball bat has accepted a plea agreement.

Joshua Robinson pleaded guilty to…

Acquitted Client in Lawyer Home ‘Break-In’ Is Now Alleged Victim of Counsel’s Baseball Bat

A client initially accused of breaking into his legal counsel’s home in December and assaulting the attorney is now regarded by West Virginia authorities as the victim of an alleged…

Munchausen Mom Gets 40 Years in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

A woman who was convicted of child abuse in West Virginia and sentenced to one year in jail after she was caught on tape in a hospital trying to smother…

Prosecutor Suspended Over Plea Deal Allowing Victim to Slap Defendant

A West Virginia prosecutor has been suspended for one month without pay for OK’ing a plea deal that permitted the victim to slap the defendant in exchange for dropping the…

W. Va. Justices Testify Against Adding Midlevel Appellate Court

Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court appeared Tuesday at a state House Finance Committee hearing to object to the creation of a midlevel appellate court.

The judges asked lawmakers…

Associate Collected Law Firm’s Legal Fees, Suit Says

Before going solo, Benjamin White worked as an associate attorney at Charleston, W.Va.-based Hendrickson and Long, specializing in social security law.

But while he was still there, a lawsuit filed…

Judge Disqualified in Mining Case Once Represented Defendant

A judge in West Virginia has been disqualified from continuing to hear a case alleging groundwater pollution because he once represented one of the defendants—while still a practicing lawyer and…

CEO at Center of Caperton Case Speaks Out

Don Blankenship, the chief executive of Massey Energy Co., questions whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this week that a judge he supported should have recused himself will ultimately stifle…

W. Va. Lawyer ‘Settled’ 2 Bogus Cases, Bar Group Says

A West Virginia lawyer has surrendered her license to practice after state bar authorities accused her of “settling” two bogus cases that she falsely claimed to have filed on behalf…

W. Va. Lawyer Loses License; Gov’t Post Proved Too Tempting

A West Virginia lawyer has been disbarred by the state supreme court after his conviction for embezzling about $100,000 from a county building commission for which he served as chairman.

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