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Counsel to Mohegan Energy Trustees in $100 Million Strategic Partnership with Orion Energy Partners

Chris Brumley and Jim Lane acted as legal counsel to Mohegan Energy Trustees, LLC in the acquisition of a low vol metallurgical coal operation and related equipment in West Virginia from Met Resources, LLC. Mohegan, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cornerstone Minerals, LLC (“Cornerstone”), announced the acquisition on May 16, 2018. Following the acquisition, Mohegan is […]

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Amy L. McLaughlin Receives Dean Francis Conte Award for Comment in University of Dayton Law Review

Amy McLaughlin’s comment titled “A Label That Requires No Label” was published in a recent issue of the University of Dayton Law Review. Her comment addresses the current GMO labeling law and received the Dean Francis Conte Award for best research and writing. Click here to read comment

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Michael T. Bumgarner to Serve Second Year on ALA Board of Directors

At its Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland last week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its Board of Directors for 2018-19. Flaherty is pleased to announce that Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA, Chief Executive Officer, will once again serve as an At-Large Director. Mike, who is one of only 400 Certified […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2018 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. “The team is known for a deep bench serving national and multinational companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors,” noted Chambers. In addition to the firm ranking, the following Flaherty attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as […]

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22 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2018 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list with just 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers named to […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Welcomes Attorneys Richard R. Marsh and Margaret Droppleman Wassick

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to welcome new attorneys in our Clarksburg and Morgantown offices. Richard R. Marsh has joined our Clarksburg office. A graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, Richard has been practicing for nearly 10 years. His primary focus is in the areas of trust and estate planning, administration and litigation; […]

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Mitchell B. Tuggle and Jason A. Proctor Author Article for USLAW Magazine

Mitch Tuggle and Jason Proctor’s article titled “Hybrid Witnesses: Proper Disclosure of the In-House Expert Witness” was recently published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article examines the issues that determine whether a party can properly be classified as […]

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Michele Grinberg Appointed to West Virginia Supreme Court Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being

Original article by Lacie Pierson, as published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail 3/22/18 The West Virginia Supreme Court has established a task force to address mental health and substance abuse problems among people working in the legal profession. Click here for article

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Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Granted Motion to Dismiss

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued an opinion on March 13, 2018, granting an aircraft engine manufacturer’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Robert C. James and Mitchell B. Tuggle were counsel for the aircraft engine manufacturer. Disclaimer: Case summaries, reports of past results and individual lawyer biographies […]

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Robert L. Coffield and Bradley J. Schmalzer to Present at West Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting April 13, 2018

Bob Coffield and Brad Schmalzer will present Navigating the Medical Legal Landscape in West Virginia: A discussion and update on the laws impacting physician practices at the West Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting on April 13th at Stonewall Resort. Topics will include, an update on patient data breach investigations, a summary overview of the federal physician self-referral law (Stark Law), […]

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Caleb P. Knight to Present at West Virginia Urban Ag Conference May 11, 2018

Caleb P. Knight will present Growing a Small Business at the West Virginia Urban Ag Conference on Friday, May 11th at Camp Virgil Tate. Caleb will discuss picking a business type and getting started, including who to call and how to get help, as well as other legal considerations, such as obtaining business licenses, hiring/firing employees, obtaining financing, […]

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Tom Flaherty Honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia honored Tom Flaherty as part of their annual McGala fundraiser on Saturday, February 10 at Charleston’s Embassy Suites. A longtime supporter, Tom was honored for his 30+ years of service to RMHC of Southern West Virginia. Watch the tribute video

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Ohio County

Steven Brooks and Jason Wade successfully defended a general surgeon in the Circuit Court of Ohio County, West Virginia.  The plaintiffs alleged that our client, who successfully completed a colorectal anastomosis revision, failed to appreciate the patient was susceptible to pressure ulcers.  Plaintiffs claimed our client should have entered a postoperative order instructing the patient be gotten out […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces New Management Structure

We are pleased to announce that Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA has been named Chief Executive Officer and attorney J. Tyler Dinsmore has been named Assistant Managing Member, effective as of January 1. Law firm leadership is evolving rapidly toward a management model more closely resembling that of its clients with a law firm […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Welcomes Two New Associates

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associates Eric M. Johnson and Amy L. McLaughlin have joined the firm’s Charleston office. Eric Johnson has been practicing law since 2016 when he began a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Joseph K. Reeder of the 29th Judicial Circuit. He currently focuses his practice on commercial and […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces New Members

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that W. Scott Evans, Justin D. Jack, Caleb P. Knight, and Kace M. Legg have been elected Members. Scott Evans is a veteran defense attorney with over 20 years of litigation experience in State and Federal Courts, as well as before various government administrative agencies. He represents clients […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Opens New Office in Downtown Clarksburg

We are very pleased to announce the expansion of Flaherty’s geographical footprint in West Virginia with the opening of a new office in Clarksburg. Managing Member Michael Bonasso said it was really important for the firm to be downtown. “We found that being downtown, in the community with boots on the ground so to speak, […]

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THE GROWTH OF DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER GENETIC TESTING AND ITS VALUE IN DISCOVERY

By Jordan V. Palmer, as published in FDCC Insights 12/2017 Genetic testing and the industries surrounding it are set to continue their enormous growth in the coming decade. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, an international effort which mapped all of the genes of the human genome, scientists have continued to improve […]

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Justin D. Jack to Present at Healthcare Policy and Law Seminar November 17, 2017

Justin Jack will present Digging for Treasure in a Minefield: Navigating the Regulatory Aspect of Professional Negligence Cases at the WVU College of Law Healthcare Policy & Law Seminar on November 17th in Morgantown, WV. Visit wvcle.wvu.edu to register.      

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Ranked Among U.S News and World Report Best Law Firms

We are pleased to announce that Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso received first-tier rankings in 14 practice areas across two metropolitan areas, Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms” Rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer […]

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BrickStreet Endows WVU Law School Scholarship in Honor of Tom Flaherty

As published on WVU Today 10/27/17 A scholarship at the West Virginia University College of Law, endowed by The BrickStreet Foundation and honoring Charleston attorney Thomas V. Flaherty, was announced Friday at the University’s Board of Governors meeting. Click to read the full announcement on WVU Today

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Jefferson County

Sam Fox and Alonzo Washington successfully defended an Emergency Room physician in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that our client failed to suspect and/or diagnose a foot infection in a 32-year-old diabetic male patient which resulted in a leg amputation. On October 12, 2017, after a two-week trial, the […]

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Kaitlyn N. Pytlak Authors Article for DRI MedLaw

Kaitlyn Pytlak’s article titled A Class a Day Keeps the Lawyer Away: The Need for Interdisciplinary Legal Education in Medical School was published in a recent issue of DRI MedLaw. Kaitlyn’s article explores the interconnectedness of law and medicine. Click here to read Kaitlyn’s article.

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Counsel to Meridian Behavioral Health Systems in Acquisition of Highland Hospital

Bob Coffield, Caleb Knight and Marc Rigsby worked in conjunction with Meridian Behavioral Health Systems’ Nashville, Tennessee counsel, Bass Berry Sims representing Meridian in the acquisition of Highland Hospital. Highland is the largest provider of behavioral health care services in southern West Virginia. The acquisition is effective September 27, 2017. “We are pleased to add Highland […]

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Justin D. Jack & Kaitlyn N. Pytlak Author Articles for USLAW Magazine

Justin Jack’s article titled “How to Un-Ring the Survey Citation Bell” was recently published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article details the independent informal dispute resolution process and how to avoid or greatly reduce a civil money penalty […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 23 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, three Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2018 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Robert L. Coffield to Present at 2017 WVSMA Healthcare Summit August 25, 2017

Bob Coffield will present Physician Legal & Regulatory Issues at the 2017 West Virginia State Medical Association Healthcare Summit on August 25th in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Register Today  

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Insurer Granted Summary Judgment on Appeal

The West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously reversed a May 20, 2016, McDowell County Circuit Court order and remanded the case with directions to award summary judgment in favor of the insurance company. Robert C. James was counsel for the insurance company in challenging the summary judgment.  The Court’s opinion was issued June 9, 2017. Disclaimer: Case […]

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Robert L. Coffield to Present at USLAW Network Medical Malpractice Exchange June 13, 2017

Bob Coffield will present HIPAA and HITECH: Health Care Data Privacy, Security, and Cyber Liability Claims at the 2017 USLAW Network Medical Malpractice Exchange on June 13th in Dallas, Texas. With the increase in digitized records, the healthcare industry has become the perfect target for a cyber attack. Bob will explore the claim handling process when […]

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Caleb Knight Appointed to the AHLA Young Professionals Council

Caleb Knight was recently appointed by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) to serve on the Young Professionals Council.  AHLA is the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. The Young Professionals Council is the governing body that provides insights and direction to the American Health Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors. The […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2017 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. In addition to the firm ranking, the following Flaherty attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as “Leaders in their Field.” Michael Bonasso – Litigation: General Commercial Robert L. Coffield – Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare Andrew B. Cooke – Litigation: General Commercial Thomas […]

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Raymond L. Harrell, Jr. Appointed Chairman of West Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Raymond L. Harrell, Jr. has been appointed Chairman of the West Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Ray will serve a two-year term, under which he will also serve as a member of the Executive Council. Founded in 1886, the West Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary, private association of lawyers in West Virginia which […]

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Still Fighting Against Unmitigated Front Pay Awards at Trial? May the Force Be with You

By Raymond L. Harrell, Jr., as published in the DTCWV Newsletter 5/12/17 For decades, West Virginia employers facing actions by former employees for wrongful termination were confronted with the prospect of six-figure-plus jury verdicts at trial in the form of unmitigated front pay awards. Click here to download

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Insurer Not Required to Cover Coal Company’s $10 Million Suit

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia granted an insurance company’s motion for summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action in, ruling that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify a coal company policyholder in a $10 million unpaid royalty suit in McDowell County.  The federal court agreed with […]

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Local Artist Depicts Capitol Street 100 Years Ago in Gift to the City

A mural by well-known local artist Jesse Corlis is nearing completion close to the corner of Capitol and Quarrier Streets. In celebration of 25 years in downtown Charleston, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC and building partnership 200 Capitol Street LLC commissioned Jesse to paint the mural on the alley wall of their 200 Capitol Street building. […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list with only 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers named to […]

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Bradley J. Schmalzer Authors Article on The Yates Memorandum and the Attorney-Client Privilege Under a New Administration

Brad Schmalzer’s article titled “The Yates Memorandum and the Attorney-Client Privilege in 2017 – A Shifting Landscape for Corporate Counsel” was published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. Click here to read the article.

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces New Members

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that Eric T. Frye, Keith R. Hoover, Lindsey M. Saad, Bradley J. Schmalzer and Luke T. Schmitt have been elected Members. Eric Frye joined Flaherty in 2009. His practice focuses on Deliberate Intent, Negligence, Personal Injury, Regulatory issues and Employment-related issues such as Wrongful Termination and Discrimination. […]

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Counsel to Stonerise Healthcare LLC in Recent Acquisition of 60-bed Facility

Tom Clark, Caleb Knight and Marc Rigsby represented affiliates of Stonerise Healthcare LLC in the acquisition of the real estate and operations of Meadowview Manor Health Care, a 60-bed skilled nursing facility in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The acquisition was effective January 1, 2017. Disclaimer: Case summaries, reports of past results and individual lawyer biographies on this […]

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Insurer Not Liable for $1 Million Settlement

The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that an insurance company is not liable to cover a $1 million settlement and returned the case with directions for the entry of summary judgment in favor of the insurer. The consent judgment had been agreed to by Plaintiff and Defendants and purported to assign coverage and “bad faith” […]

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Mercer County

Sam Fox and Mitch Tuggle recently defended Bluefield Regional Medical Center in a wrongful death medical malpractice jury trial in Mercer County, WV. After seven trial days, the jury deliberated for 35 minutes before concluding that the hospital did not deviate from the applicable standard of care and a defense verdict was returned. Disclaimer: Case summaries, […]

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Sam Fox Presents at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Sam Fox presented to the WV Society for Health Care Risk Management, the WV Association of Medical Staff Services and the Healthcare Quality Association of West Virginia at their Annual Conference. The topics covered included recent updates to the Medical Professional Liability Act, Credentialing and Hospital Privileges issues and a discussion of actual medical malpractice […]

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Timothy L. Mayo and Raymond L. Harrell, Jr. Present to Members of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Tim Mayo and Ray Harrell presented at the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s Employment Law Lunch and Learn on February 15, 2016. They presented on the evolution and current status of state and federal law concerning workplace discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. Tim and Ray covered a broad range of issues, focusing on the areas […]

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The Value of Diversity: A Matter of Perspective

By Alonzo Washington, as published in the FDCC Federation Flyer 1/31/17 Companies spend money, time, and energy on workplace diversity initiatives. To achieve workforce diversity, a company may hire consultants, attend seminars, and participate in round table discussions – but why? Click here to download

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Be Careful What You Wish For: The Implications of a Constitutional Amendment to Balance the Federal Budget

By Mina Ghantous, as published in the DTCWV Newsletter 1/20/17 Though its potential impact would be reverberant, the movement for a federal constitutional amendment requiring a balanced national budget has tread relatively softly, quietly breathing life into Article 5. Click here to download

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Michael T. Bumgarner Elected to ALA Board of Directors

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that Michael T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA, Chief Operating Officer, has been elected to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Board of Directors. He will serve as an At-Large Director for a three-year term beginning in 2017 and is the first independent member elected to the Board. Mike, […]

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Counsel to A.L. Lee in Recent Acquisition by Strata Worldwide

Strata Worldwide completed an acquisition on December 9, 2016 of certain assets of A.L. Lee Corp., the market leader in rock dusting machinery. A.L. Lee was represented by Flaherty attorney Tom Clark. Click here for article Disclaimer: Case summaries, reports of past results and individual lawyer biographies on this website describe past matters handled for […]

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A Proactive Approach to Narrowing the Scope of Other Incident Discovery Requests to Get the Result You Want

By Alonzo D. Washington, as published on FDCC Blog 12/5/2016 Every product manufacturer and seasoned litigator has been faced with the task of responding to overly broad and unduly burdensome “other incident” discovery requests in product liability matters. Click here to download

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Alonzo Washington Honored with the Peter Perlman Service Award

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that Member Alonzo Washington has been named a recipient of the Peter Perlman Service Award. The award recognizes Litigation Counsel of America Fellows who contribute in meaningful ways to society by giving back their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others. In […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Ranked Among U.S News and World Report “Best Law Firms”

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that the firm was recognized at the highest level, Tier 1, in 12 practice areas in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms”. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews […]

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Marion County

Mark A. Robinson and Lindsey M. Saad recently received a defense verdict in a nursing home case pending in the Circuit Court of Marion County. In that case, the Plaintiff alleged that the nursing home and the nursing home’s corporate parent were negligent in staffing, training, and implementing appropriate care plans to prevent falls. After […]

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Law Firm General Counsel: THE NEED, THE ROLE, THE DETAILS

By Michael Bonasso, Caleb P. Knight and Shereen S. Compton, as published in FDCC Insights 10/5/2016 Lawyers tend to be independent by nature. Several commentators have used the metaphor of “herding cats” to describe the independent mentality of most lawyers, and one writer commented that “law firms tend to be a collection of lone rangers.” […]

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Flaherty Attorneys Author Article on the Effect of Senate Bill 602 on the Medical Professional Liability Act

Don R. Sensabaugh, Jr., Justin D. Jack, Luke T. Schmitt and Travis A. Prince’s article titled “The Scope, Purpose, and Reasoning Behind Senate Bill 602” was published in The West Virginia Medical Journal, a clinical, peer-reviewed medical journal. The article delivers a brief history of medical malpractice tort reform in West Virginia and how SB […]

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Mina R. Ghantous Authors Article Analyzing Liberty Interests in Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Mina Ghantous’ article titled “To Each His Own: An Analysis of Liberty Interests in Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and Their Implications for Business Owners” was published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article analyzes the validity of religious […]

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Lindsey M. Saad Authors Article on Common Pitfalls Found When Removing a Case to Federal Court

Lindsey Saad’s article titled “Beyond the Basics of Federal Removal – Nuances to Know” was published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article offers practical tips to aid in navigating some of the less-known or commonly-forgotten nuances of […]

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Flaherty Welcomes Two New Associates

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associates Raymond L. Harrell, Jr. and Kaitlyn N. Pytlak have joined the firm’s Charleston office after serving as summer associates there for two years. Ray Harrell is a 2016 graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was president of the Florida Moot […]

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Elizabeth L. Taylor Accepted into the International Association of Defense Counsel

Elizabeth L. Taylor, a member of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC, has been accepted into the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is an invitation-only global legal organization comprised of the world’s leading corporate and insurance lawyers and insurance executives. Members represent the largest corporations around the world, including the majority of companies listed […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, six Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2017 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Mike Bonasso Featured on The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Website

as published on www.thefederation.org 8/8/16 Michael Bonasso of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is one of Flaherty’s founding members, has defended companies in the areas of complex, mass and class action litigation and product litigation for more than 38 years. Click here for the full post  

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Recognized by Legal Aid of West Virginia

as published on www.lawv.net 7/15/16 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso, West Virginia’s largest litigation firm, is a leader in the legal community in many ways, including in its long-time support of Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV). Click here for the full post  

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District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in RICO and Unlawful Arrest Claim Against Municipality and Officer

A federal district judge concluded that the City of Bridgeport, WV, and one of its individual officers were entitled to a dismissal of all charges, both state and federal claims, arising out of an alleged harassment and unlawful arrest of the Plaintiff. In granting the City and its employee’s Motion to Dismiss, the United States […]

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Plaintiff Voluntarily Dismisses Case on Eve of Trial

On the eve of trial, a Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed with prejudice all claims he had asserted against a law enforcement officer in the Circuit Court of Harrison County, WV.  The Complaint filed in this matter alleged that the officer had used excessive force in subduing and arresting the Plaintiff for obstruction of justice and had […]

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Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for General Commercial Litigation. In addition to the firm ranking, the following Flaherty attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as “Leaders in their Field.” • Michael Bonasso – Litigation: General Commercial • Robert L. Coffield – Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare • Andrew B. […]

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Bryan N. Price to Present at Collection Law Seminar on June 14th in Charleston, West Virginia

Bryan Price will review the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act on June 14th in Charleston, West Virginia as part of the Collection Law Seminar presented by the National Business Institute. This course will provide professionals with the legal framework to collect consumer debt. Bryan’s presentation will include an overview of 2015 legislative amendments, pitfalls and traps, […]

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Have No Fear, West Virginia, Uber Is Here: But Now What?

by Erica M. Baumgras, as published in The State Journal 5/13/16 In 2016, the West Virginia Legislature passed HB 4228, allowing transportation network companies, known as TNCs, to operate in this state. Click here to download

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Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Upholds Circuit Court’s Granting of Motion to Dismiss

In a memorandum decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently affirmed the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s Complaint alleging multiple products liability claims against a Defendant automaker stemming from the failure of an engine component in the Plaintiff’s vehicle. In upholding the circuit court’s decision, the Supreme […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 17 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. No more than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list, and less than 2.5 percent of a state’s lawyers are […]

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Wesley P. Page Authors Article Examining Corporate Executives Facing Criminal Charges, Specifically Don Blankenship’s Recent Prosecution

Wes Page’s article titled “CEOs on Trial: Should Executives Fear Personal Criminal Charges for Corporate Wrongs?” was published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article examines Blankenship’s prosecution with an eye toward highlighting the areas where executives may […]

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Caleb P. Knight Authors Article on Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act

Caleb Knight’s article titled “Exempt No more; Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service” was published in USLAW Magazine, an in-depth publication produced twice annually and designed to address legal and business issues facing commercial and corporate clients. The article examines the Department of Labor’s amended regulations, effective January 1, 2015, which […]

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Summary Judgment Decision Affirmed

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia’s Summary Judgment Decision. Plaintiffs filed a Deliberate Intent action in the Circuit Court of Logan County, West Virginia. The action stemmed from a workplace accident at a surface coal mine where an employee suffered injuries when […]

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Timothy L. Mayo Speaks at The West Virginia State Bar Annual Litigation Seminar

Tim Mayo recently spoke in conjunction with Rachael L. Cipoletti, Chief Lawyer with the West Virginia Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel, to address the West Virginia Rules of Professional Responsibility. In particular, emphasis was placed on the comments underlying each of the rules.  Discussions centered on the various ethical issues that routinely confront defense lawyers in […]

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Justin Jack Authors Article on Updates to West Virginia’s Medical Professional Liability Act

Justin Jack’s article titled “MPLA IV: The Nursing Homes Strike Back” was published in WV Physician, a magazine for the West Virginia medical community. The article examines recent updates to West Virginia’s Medical Professional Liability Act. Click here to read the article.

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Announces New Members

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that James W. Lane, Jr., Wesley P. Page and Jason J. Wade have been elected Members. Jim Lane joined Flaherty in 2013 with 20 years of experience in financial services law. His focus is bankruptcy, creditors’ rights matters, business transactions and business-related disputes. In addition to financial […]

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Law firm’s food drive brings in thousands of items for pantries

by Elaina Sauber, as published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail 1/3/16 Last month, Manna Meal received its largest food drive donation to date — 3,800 pounds, or about 7,000 food items — from a single group. Click here for article

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Flaherty Welcomes Three New Associates

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to welcome Mina R. Ghantous, Jason L. Holliday and Jordan V. Palmer to the firm. Mina Ghantous has been practicing law since 2012 when she began a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Phillip D. Gaujot of the 17th Judicial Circuit. She joins Flaherty’s Morgantown office and focuses her practice on […]

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District Court Grants Summary Judgment in Excessive Force and Bystander Liability Claim Against Municipality and Officer

A federal district judge concluded that the City of Summersville, WV, and one of its individual officers were entitled to judgment as a matter of law on both state and federal claims arising out of the alleged use of excessive force while executing a search warrant. In granting the City and its employee’s Motion for […]

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Anticipated Labor Regulations May Cause Issues for Employers

by Robert C. James and Timothy L. Mayo, as published in The State Journal 10/30/15 In June 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued 29 CFR Part 541, detailing proposed revisions to federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Click here to download

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Ranked Among U.S News and World Report “Best Law Firms”

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that the firm received first-tier rankings in eleven practice areas across two metropolitan areas, Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016 “Best Law Firms” Rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client […]

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Timothy L. Mayo to Present Hot Topics in West Virginia Employment Law

Tim Mayo will present to The West Virginia College and University Professional Association for Human Resources on October 22nd. He will be speaking about “Employment Hot Topics in West Virginia”, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the West Virginia Human Rights Act, and the Fair Labor and Standards Act. […]

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Wyoming County Deliberate Intent Case

A jury concluded that the plaintiff failed to establish that his employer acted with “deliberate intent” as required under WV Code section 23-4-2. A defense verdict was recently obtained on behalf of Black Bear Processing in a deliberate intent workplace injury case tried in the Circuit Court of Wyoming County, West Virginia. The case involved […]

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Court Grants Summary Judgment in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Civil Action for Deprivation of Civil Rights

A federal district judge concluded that plaintiffs failed to assert cognizable claims of constitutional violations. The judge, the Hon. John Preston Bailey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, granted summary judgment to the City of Parsons and the Chief of Police, William Rowe. In his ruling, Judge Bailey […]

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Don R. Sensabaugh, Jr. Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that Don Sensabaugh has been inducted into fellowship of the American Bar Foundation. Sensabaugh will join fellow founding member, Tom Flaherty in this elite group. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 21 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, two Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2016 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Caleb Knight Authors Article on Social Media Policies in the Healthcare Practice

Caleb Knight’s article titled “Treating and Tweeting: Examining Social Media Policies in the Healthcare Practice” was published in WV Physician, a magazine for the West Virginia medical community. The article examines developments related to employee use of social media in the healthcare practice setting and recommends practical tips and guidance for healthcare employers worried about […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Named West Virginia Member Firm of USLAW

Posted June 12, 2015 on USLAW.org Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC (Flaherty) of Charleston, W.Va., has been named the West Virginia member of USLAW NETWORK. Flaherty, the largest litigation firm in West Virginia, also offers corporate and transactional services to better assist client needs. Click here for article

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Tom Flaherty Elected Chair of WVU Board of Governors

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso attorney Tom Flaherty was recently elected Chair of the West Virginia University Board of Governors, effective July 1. A founding member of the firm, Tom has served on the Board of Governors since 2009. “The person I am today is a result of the values instilled in me by my parents, but […]

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Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

The 2015 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked” for Litigation: General Commercial. In addition to the firm ranking, the following Flaherty attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as “Leaders in their Field.” • Michael Bonasso – Litigation: General Commercial • Robert L. Coffield – Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare • Andrew B. […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers®

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 list of West Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. […]

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Nate Tawney Appointed to Leadership West Virginia 2015 Board of Directors

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso attorney Nate Tawney was recently appointed to the 2015 Board of Directors for Leadership West Virginia. Leadership West Virginia is a statewide program to develop and connect emerging leaders in West Virginia. Tawney, a 2007 graduate of the program, is part of a statewide network of over 1,100 alumni who meet regularly to strengthen […]

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Attorney Alonzo Washington Elected to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is pleased to announce that Alonzo Washington was elected into membership of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Alonzo is a Member in the firm’s Morgantown office. His practice involves a broad range of litigation matters, with special emphasis on product liability, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, subrogation, and other complex […]

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Wesley Page to Participate in the 2015 Class of Leadership West Virginia

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso attorney, Wesley Page, along with fifty-four other leaders from across the state will participate in the 2015 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations submitted in late 2014. The eight-month program, affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, works to develop and motivate a cross-section […]

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Michael T. Bumgarner Elected to ALA Region 3 Leadership Team

The Association of Legal Administrators has elected Michael T. Bumgarner, chief operating officer of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC, to the Region 3’s leadership team. Regional Representatives oversee Association initiatives, activities and finances in six geographically defined areas. Representatives for the 2015-16 Association year will begin their responsibilities in May at the Annual Conference & Exposition […]

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