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Alonzo Washington Appointed as Vice-Chair to FDCC Sections

Alonzo Washington was recently appointed by The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) to serve as Vice-Chair of both the Products Liability Section and Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedures Section for the 2019-2020 year commencing October 1, 2019. The FDCC is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Joining volunteers around the world, Flaherty attorneys took part in the Second Annual Global Day of Service on September 26th, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW), the company’s professional organization focused on women in the legal practice. Flaherty is among more than 70 law firms around the world partnering […]

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Mike Bonasso on Panel Addressing Data Privacy Laws at FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium

Panel: Keep On Top of Ever-Changing Data Privacy Laws By Dan Clark, as published on www.law.com September 24, 2019 In-house counsel should make compliance with laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act a top priority, a panel at the 2019 Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia said Tuesday. Full […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 21 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, four Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2020 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate William J. Aubel has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Before deciding to attend The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Bill Aubel worked for several years in sales and business development. After feeling as though he had reached a professional ceiling, he decided […]

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Tom Flaherty Appointed to WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors

The West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed Gregory Darby, Darren Feeley, Thomas Flaherty, James “Rocky” Gianola and Tracy Schoenadel to serve six-year terms on the board. Click here to read full release at WVU Today

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Caleb Knight Appointed to the AHLA Young Professionals Council

Caleb Knight was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) to serve a third term on its 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 […]

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Bob Coffield and Amy McLaughlin to Provide HIPAA Update and Discuss Changes to the Opioid Reduction Act

Bob Coffield and Amy McLaughlin will provide an update on HIPAA as it relates to health information, as well as changes from SB273 during the 2018 session that introduced the Opioid Reduction Act. They are presenting at the 2019 Spring Conference of the West Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management and West Virginia Association of […]

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Is Your Bank Ready for a Visit from Jesse James and the Gang?

By W. Scott Evans and James W. Lane Jr., as published in West Virginia Banker Magazine, Spring 2019 West Virginia folklore has it that Jesse James and his band of outlaws robbed the Bank of Huntington on September 6, 1875. According to the Huntington Advertiser, the amount taken from the bank was between $19,000 and […]

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Caleb Knight to Serve on Charleston Area Alliance Economic Development Committee

Caleb Knight recently joined the Charleston Area Alliance Economic Development Committee. “I am very excited about this opportunity to serve the Charleston community as a member of the committee,” Knight said. “Charleston has a lot of untapped potential, especially from an economic opportunity perspective. I look forward to working with the committee to help Charleston […]

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Tom Flaherty shares ‘ten attributes for success’ during West Virginia University Institute of Technology Commencement address

Attorney Tom Flaherty had the honor of addressing 2019 graduates at West Virginia University Institute of Technology Commencement on May 4th. He acknowledged that each graduate had undergone a transformation as a result of their education and time at the University. “What happened to me at West Virginia University transformed my life and is the […]

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Mark Robinson and Justin Jack to Co-Present “How to Win (or Lose) Your Case before It’s Filed”

Mark Robinson and Justin Jack will be co-presenting “How to Win (or Lose) Your Case before It’s Filed” at the 2019 West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Convention. Long-term care managers will learn what they can do to help win or lose their case before residents leave the building. Topics include understanding issues in long-term care […]

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Justin Jack and Amy Malone to Co-Present “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Implications of SB 318”

Justin Jack and Amy Malone will be co-presenting “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Implications of SB 318” at the 2019 West Virginia Healthcare Financial Management Association Spring Conference. The Spring Conference is a multi-day event which brings healthcare professionals together to participate in one-of-a-kind education, networking and peer-to-peer discussions. The sessions will provide diverse topics […]

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The Scoop on the FDA’s Updated Approach to the Dietary Supplement Market

By Elizabeth L. Taylor and Lindsey M. Saad, as published in the IADC Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee Newsletter May 2019 If you are like many people, before reaching for your first cup of coffee, you might reach for your multi-vitamin. While most people may pat themselves on the back for adding some extra calcium or […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Jeffrey A. Foster has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Jeff Foster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Jeff brings more than 15 years’ experience to the firm and focuses his practice on employment law. His experience extends to construction litigation, personal injury […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Names New Managing Member

We are pleased to announce that the firm has named Tyler Dinsmore as Managing Member. Tyler will be assuming the responsibilities of Mike Bonasso who has served as the firm’s managing member since its inception. As part of a larger strategic planning initiative, Tyler was selected to serve as Assistant Managing Member in 2018, with the […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso as “Top Ranked”

The 2019 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. Market commentators suggest to Chambers that “they can deal with any type of litigation, including complex […]

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Jason A. Proctor Joins PLAC Future Leaders

Jason Proctor was recently welcomed by PLAC as a member of their new Future Leaders group. With an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering, Jason brings a unique perspective on problem-solving. In practice since 2013, his main focus is Products Litigation – primarily the defense of automotive and medical device manufacturers. PLAC (formerly the Product Liability […]

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19 Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2019 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 the […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Evan S. Aldridge has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Evan Aldridge is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where he was a Bloom Scholar. In practice since 2018, Evan primarily represents clients in business matters, construction law, deliberate intent matters and business […]

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Caleb Knight to speak as part of April 8th Legislative Updates Panel at Craft Beverages: A Farm to Bottle Summit

Caleb Knight will be speaking as part of a legislative updates panel next week at Craft Beverages: A Farm to Bottle Summit in South Charleston. The summit will bring together a variety of business interests to support the emerging craft beverage economy in West Virginia. The event will look at how these products can engage […]

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Latest USLAW Magazine features in-depth articles on some of the most pressing issues facing legal and business leaders today

USLAW NETWORK has published the spring 2019 edition of USLAW Magazine. This publication features in-depth articles on some of the most pressing issues facing legal and business leaders today. Topics covered in the current issue include the rise in P3 projects, opportunity zones, tech updates for construction sites, insurance considerations with autonomous vehicles, U.S. immigration […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso seeks to build off trust & reputation to grow

As published by The State Journal 3/25/19 Since its inception, the Charleston-based law firm Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC has built a solid reputation among clients and the legal community alike to establish itself throughout West Virginia, and it seeks to expand even further. Click to read the full article

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Erica Baumgras to Co-Present “Insurance Coverage in the #metoo Age”

Erica Baumgras will be co-presenting “Insurance Coverage in the #metoo Age” at the Spring 2019 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference. This premier legal conference brings together legal decision-makers and USLAW NETWORK member attorneys for topnotch education in the areas of Construction Law, Insurance Law, Retail and Hospitality Law, Transportation and Logistics, and Data Privacy and Security.  […]

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Bob Coffield to Co-Present “Information Security Best Practices”

Bob Coffield will be co-presenting “Information Security Best Practices” at the Spring 2019 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference. This premier legal conference brings together legal decision-makers and USLAW NETWORK member attorneys for topnotch education in the areas of Construction Law, Insurance Law, Retail and Hospitality Law, Transportation and Logistics, and Data Privacy and Security.  Each track […]

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Flaherty Welcomes Two New Associates

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to welcome two new associates to our Clarksburg and Morgantown offices. Stanley A. Heflin III recently joined our Clarksburg office. Before making the decision to attend West Virginia University College of Law, Stan worked as a project manager for his family’s construction company. He credits that experience for allowing him […]

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Facing a New Year – Maybe I Need a Practice Development Plan

By Michael Bonasso, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV When the new year comes, we often make a string of resolutions, many of which become dust within days or weeks. But let me suggest a different new year’s approach to lawyers wanting to improve their practices and their career satisfaction […]

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All Things in Their Proper Place: An Update on Evolving Venue and Forum Issues under the WV MPLA

By Kace M. Legg, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV Recent Amendments to the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act, codi­fied at WV § 55-7B-1 et seq. (MPLA), began in 2015 by broadening the de­finitions of a “health care provider,” “health care facility,” and “health care, which in turn widened […]

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The Viability of Third-Party Claims Under West Virginia Code Sections 55-7-13a-d

By Jordan V. Palmer, as published in The DTCWV Defender, Winter Edition 2019, Volume IV “Can this Third-Party Complaint survive under West Virginia’s modi­fied comparative fault statutes?” As of 2015, this is a vital question every West Virginia attorney should be asking upon receipt of, or before ­ ling, a third-party complaint. For most common […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso joins West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso recently joined the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (WVCBG) as an associate member. The WVCBG was founded to be an advocate for the state’s community of brewers, and is comprised of member breweries and related organizations, as well as craft beer enthusiasts, from around the State of West Virginia. “Joining the WVCBG […]

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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling in Case Against Bank Defendants

On November 16, 2018, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Freedom Bancshares, Inc. and Freedom Bank, Inc. were entitled to summary judgment.  The plaintiff had sought to recover from the bank defendants for injuries he received from a head-on collision involving one of the bank defendants’ board members who was […]

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Defense Verdict Affirmed in Case Against Bluefield Hospital

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed a defense verdict in a case against Bluefield Hospital.  Sam Fox, Mitchell B. Tuggle, and Jason L. Holliday represented Bluefield Hospital.  Post-trial, the plaintiff asked the Circuit Court of Mercer County to overturn the jury verdict, claiming that two of the jurors did not disclose that they […]

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Hospital Granted Summary Judgment on Appeal

The West Virginia Supreme Court awarded summary judgment in favor of Summersville Regional Medical Center (SRMC) on November 16, 2018. Kurt Entsminger and Ray Harrell defended SRMC in an employment action in which the plaintiff alleged she was terminated as a result of alleged medical complications from her pregnancy. The Circuit Court of Kanawha County […]

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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 16 practice areas across two metropolitan areas, Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia, in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” Rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client […]

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Flaherty Welcomes New Associate

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso is pleased to announce that associate Morgan E. Villers has joined the firm’s Charleston office. Morgan is a 2018 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where she served on Volumes 119 and 120 of the West Virginia Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in international studies and political […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Joining volunteers around the world, Flaherty attorneys took part today in the inaugural Global Day of Service, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW), the company’s professional organization focused of women in the legal practice. Flaherty and Jones Law Group are bringing the Global Day of Service to Charleston. […]

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Risk Assessment in Estate Planning – Are you at risk of having conflict amongst your loved ones?

By Richard R. Marsh, as published in USLAW Magazine 9/5/2018 Families today come in all shapes and sizes. There are blended families with stepparents and stepchildren. There are elderly parents who need constant care. Children may live close by or across the country. People may never marry, staying single or simply cohabitating. These types of families […]

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Court Rules CBS Opioid Broadcast Did Not Defame

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, CBS Broadcasting, CBS News, reporter Jim Axelrod, anchor Scott Pelley, and producer Ashley Velie, in a lawsuit alleging defamation and false light invasion of privacy arising out of CBS News’ Peabody Award-winning series on the […]

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Child Placing Agency Awarded Summary Judgment

A federal judge in the Southern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment in favor of a child placing agency in a case arising out of the death of an infant who had been removed from her parents’ custody and placed into foster care.  The court agreed with the placing agency that the foster parents […]

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Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC is proud to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, three Flaherty attorneys were named as Best Lawyers® 2019 Lawyers of the Year. Only one lawyer in each area of practice is honored as “Lawyer […]

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Caleb Knight to Serve Second Year on AHLA Young Professionals Council

Caleb Knight was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) to serve a second term on its 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 […]

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Wood County

Ted Martin and Ryan Brown successfully defended a pain management physician in the Circuit Court of Wood County, West Virginia.  The plaintiff alleged that our client failed to obtain informed consent and negligently performed an occipital nerve block. Plaintiff claimed that the medication used caused a neurological injury that resulted in her becoming disabled.  On June 11, […]

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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

Steve 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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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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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 Authors 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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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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