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Wes’s Contact Information

304.347.4209 Tel
304.345.0260 Fx


Wes’s Secretary

Amber Cooper


After practicing exclusively in Federal Court for five years – both Civil and Criminal – Wes joined Flaherty and has been passionately pursuing justice in West Virginia ever since. Although he primarily concentrates his practice on insurance and commercial litigation, he is also our sole attorney handling Federal Criminal Defense. In addition, he is developing a robust practice in the area of outdoor recreation, having defended multiple cases and advised various providers in this arena.

A thorough researcher and skilled writer, his clients can expect “a strong relationship and an attorney who keeps them informed and involved – moving quickly to achieve their goals.” Wes is candid and frank when evaluating cases, and believes that to best assist his clients, it is vital to understand and appreciate their objectives.

Wes, originally from Williamstown, West Virginia, now lives in Charleston with his wife, Kate, and their rescue dog, Wyatt. Outside the courtroom, Wes is an active member of River Ridge Church, the founder and president of the Charleston Kickball Association, and is passionate about making West Virginia a better place.

Practice Concentrations:

  • Commercial and General Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense
  • Transportation Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Workplace Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Outdoor Recreation Law



  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, Order of the Coif (2007)
  • B.A., Ohio Dominican University, Political Science, concentration in Mathematics, Honors Diploma, summa cum laude (2004)


Court Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (2007)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2007)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (2010)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2015)


Professional Involvement:

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Social Media Committee


Community Involvement:

  • Leadership West Virginia (2015)
  • Chair, Golf and Green Committee, Edgewood Country Club
  • Founder and President, Charleston Kickball Association
  • Generation Charleston (2012-2014)
  • Graduate, Leadership Kanawha Valley (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer, Young Life (Christian Outreach Program) (2004-Current)
  • Vice President, Central PA WVU Alumni Chapter (2011-12)
  • Member, Harrisburg (PA) Young Professionals (2009-12)
  • Treasurer, Park View at Waverly Executive Board (Harrisburg, PA) (2009-11)
  • Assistant JV Baseball Coach, University High School (Morgantown, WV) (2006-07)


Awards & Honors:

  • Listed, West Virginia Rising Stars (2016 – Present)
  • Leadership West Virginia, Class of 2015
  • Attorney Generals Honors Program, United States Department of Justice (2009)
  • Finalist, Mr. Mountaineer award for outstanding record of academic achievement and extracurricular involvement (2006)
  • West Virginia Law Review Executive Board (2006)
  • CALI Award for highest class grade _ Evidence, Insurance Law, Securities Regulation, Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Legislation
  • Ohio Dominican University College Council President (2003-04)
  • Ohio Dominican Baseball, NAIA Academic All-American (2003-04)
  • Ohio Dominican University Outstanding Senior Athlete Award (2004)


Writings & Publications:

  • CEOs on Trial: Should Executives Fear Personal Criminal Charges for Corporate Wrongs? (USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016)
  • Dead Man Talking: A Historical Analysis of West Virginias Dead Mans Statute and a recommendation for Reform, 109 W. Va. L. Rev. 897 (2007) _ cited by State Farm v. Prinz, ___ S.E.2d ___, No. 11-1265 (W. Va. May 21, 2013) (finding Dead Mans Statute unconstitutional).
  • The Proper Role of Religion in the Public Space, Undergraduate Honors Thesis (2004)