West Virginia

166 ABA Journal West Virginia articles.

West Virginia law school will offer tuition break for nonresidents—under one condition

After an enrollment decrease, the West Virginia University College of Law is extending its in-state annual tuition of $16,000 to some nonresidents, beginning next fall.

To qualify for this “Loyalty…

Lawyer who fired gun in police standoff wants to switch to criminal law

A one-time government lawyer who defeated charges related to a police standoff wants to switch to criminal defense work.

Mark Bramble, accused of firing nearly 50 rounds from his…

Former mining CEO is sentenced to prison in safety case

A former mining executive has been sentenced to a year in prison for a misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal mine safety regulations.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, the daughter of…

Legal assistant who deposited $300K in law firm payments to own account takes mail fraud plea

A former legal assistant at a West Virginia law firm who deposited payment checks to her own personal account pleaded guilty to mail fraud Thursday in federal court in Martinsburg.

Law firm raided by FBI overbilled clients, says fired ex-clerk in federal lawsuit

Updated: A former clerk for a West Virginia law firm says in a federal lawsuit that she blew the whistle on alleged overbilling of clients by Martin & Seibert, which…

Corporate defense lawyer’s suit against DuPont exposed decades of pollution and redefined his career

Rob Bilott had a good job at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. As an associate in the firm’s environmental division, he defended large chemical companies from litigation. In 1998,…

Lawyer accused of revealing confidential informant’s name to her client; info was then posted online

A West Virginia lawyer has been ordered to show cause why she should not be held in contempt of court for allegedly giving a client a copy of a packet…

CEO convicted of misdemeanor in rare safety prosecution after coal mine explosion kills 29

A rare prosecution of a coal mining executive, following a 2010 explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people, brought a mixed verdict from a federal jury in Charleston on…

Defendant who didn’t get exculpatory DNA results can withdraw guilty plea, state supreme court says

The West Virginia Supreme Court says an inmate can withdraw his 2002 guilty plea to robbery and rape because he didn’t receive exculpatory test results.

The Nov. 10 decision

Prosecutor suspended for allegedly pulling gun on fake spiders

A West Virginia prosecutor has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly pulling a gun in response to a Halloween office display involving fake spiders.

Logan County assistant prosecuting attorney Chris White,…

Fast-growing firm is opening 2 new offices; attorney roster has tripled in 15 years

Gordon & Rees is opening two new offices on Nov. 1, in Columbus, Ohio, and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Initially staffed with six partners from the firm’s office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,…

West Virginia funeral home accused of filing false death claims

The owners of a West Virginia funeral home have been accused of filing false death claims with insurers on behalf of 108 people who are still alive.

The accusations are…

Disability lawyer who made $22M cleared by probe, his lawyer says, but SSA axes some client benefits

Nearly two years after a Kentucky attorney and a West Virginia administrative law judge were accused of working together to get disability payments for individuals who may not qualify for…

Steptoe lays off 32, including 14 attorneys, following energy-price drop

Following a precipitous drop in oil and gas prices, Steptoe & Johnson has laid off energy lawyers and staff in its Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia offices.

Donations to inmates’ prison accounts yield reprimand for West Virginia lawyer

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has reprimanded a lawyer for using his personal funds to make small donations to inmates’ prison accounts.

The lawyer, Kerry Nessel, has represented…

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