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Erica’s Contact Information

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Erica’s Secretary

Amber Cooper


Erica Baumgras chose to become an attorney because “each case presents a new challenge, interesting issues, a chance to help others and the opportunity to impact the development of the law.” That was over 20 years ago.

Today, Erica’s successful practice focuses on insurance and business law. Her experience allows her to be highly effective while also being efficient as she focuses on “always doing the best possible job, in every case, for every client.”

She is an AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubble® and is named in The Best Lawyers in America©.

Having won and resolved cases at every stage of litigation, Erica regularly represents clients before State and Federal Courts and Administrative Boards. She has briefed and argued a number of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit concerning both insurance and mass tort issues.

Specific to insurance law, Erica has experience offering coverage opinions, filing and defending declaratory judgment actions, litigating bad faith claims, providing general counsel to insurance companies and agencies, and defending agents in errors and omissions claims, as well as representing insured defendants in professional liability, personal injury and property damage cases. Her practice also includes complex and mass tort litigation, including the defense of class actions and product and consumer claims, and the representation of companies in breach of contract actions and fraud claims, as well as in responding to subpoenas and other investigative and enforcement actions by state and federal administrative agencies.

Practice Concentrations

  • Analysis of Indemnification and Insurance Agreements, Particularly in Land, Mineral and Construction Contracts
  • Contract Disputes Involving Natural Resource Companies
  • Intellectual Property Claims Involving the Coal4/15/20154/15/2015 Industry
  • Defense of Professional Firms, Businesses and Agencies in Fraud Actions
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Risk and Exposure Analysis for Individuals and Businesses
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Complex and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Defense of Class Actions and Product and Consumer Claims
  • Defense of Attorney General Subpoenas and Other Administrative Enforcement Actions


  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1995)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Moot Court Board _ National Moot Court Team
  • B.A., Political Science, West Virginia University (1992), Summa Cum Laude
    • University Honors Scholar
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Reported Cases

  • Travelers Indem. Co. v. U.S. Silica Co., 237 W. Va. 540, 788 S.E.2d 286 (2015)
  • West Virginia Employers Mut. Ins. Co. d/b/a BrickStreet Mut. Ins. Co. v. The Bunch Co., 231 W. Va. 321, 745 S.E.2d 212 (2013)
  • Ford v. The Caldwell Practice, P.L.L.C., No. 11-0882, 2012 W. Va. LEXIS 438 (W.Va. June 8, 2012)
  • West Virginia Employers Mut. Ins. Co. d/b/a BrickStreet Mut. Ins. Co. v. Summit Point Raceway Assoc., Inc., 228 W. Va. 360, 719 S.E.2d 830 (2011)
  • Wang-Yu Lin v. Shin Yi Lin, 224 W. Va. 620, 687 S.E.2d 403 (2009)
  • Phillips v. Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy, Inc., 220 W.Va. 484, 647 S.E.2d 920(2007)
  • Hawkins v. Ford Motor Co., 211 W. Va. 487, 566 S.E.2d 624 (2002)
  • Dalton v. Doe, 208 W. Va. 319, 540 S.E.2d 536 (2001)
  • Smith v. Animal Urgent Care, Inc., 208 W. Va. 664, 542 S.E.2d 827 (2000)
  • Bower v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., 206 W. Va. 133, 522 S.E.2d 424 (1999)
  • Cheetham v. Locomotive Engineers & Conductors Mut. Protective Assoc., 514 Fed. Appx. 349, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 5378 (4th Cir., Mar. 19, 2013)
  • Stafford EMS, Inc. v. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., 376 Fed. Appx. 317, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 8816 (4th Cir., Mar. 26, 2010)
  • Atlantigas Corp. v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., 210 Fed. Appx. 244, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 31251 (4th Cir., Dec. 19, 2006)
  • Maxum Indem. Co. v. Westfield Ins. Co., 2:10-CV-00428, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7230 (S.D.W.Va. Jan. 25, 2011)
  • AGF, Inc. v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., No. 2:04-CV-0870, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61987 (S.D.W.Va. July 21, 2009)
  • Wolfe v. National Medical Care, Inc. d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care North America, No. 2:07-CV-0115, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51612 (S.D.W.Va. June 17, 2009)
  • Wahi v. Charleston Area Medical Center, 453 F.Supp.2d 942 (S.D.W.Va. 2006)
  • Barge v. Western Southern Life Ins. Co., 307 B.R. 541 (S.D.W.Va. 2004)
  • Grennell v. Western Southern Life Ins. Co., 298 F.Supp.2d 390 (S.D.W.Va. 2004)
  • American States Ins. Co. v. Fishes Hot Dog Huntington, Inc., No. Civ. A. 3:98-0165, 1999 WL 33510174 (S.D.W.Va. 1999)
  • Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Edmond, 785 F. Supp. 2d 561 (N.D.W.Va., 2011)
  • State and County Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Young, 490 F.Supp.2d 741 (N.D.W.Va. 2007)
  • Bertovich v. Advanced Brands & Importing, Co., No. 5:05CV74, 2006 WL 2382273 (N.D.W.Va. 2006)
  • Manning v. Pfizer, Inc., No.Civ.A.5:02CV71, 2005 WL 2372853 (N.D.W.Va. 2005)
  • Wise v. Travelers Indemn. Co., 192 F.Supp.2d 506 (N.D.W.Va. 2002)
  • Parsons Footwear, Inc. v. Omaha Property and Cas. Co., 19 F.Supp.2d 588 (N.D.W.Va. 1998)

Professional Involvement

  • Judge John A. Field, Jr., American Inn of Court
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • DRI

Community Involvement

  • Friends of Clay Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Kanawha Putnam Area
  • Read Aloud West Virginia
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Winner, Main Street Perfect Pie Contest, 2004; Runner-Up, 2006

Awards & Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble®
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Commercial Litigation (2018 – 2022)
    • Insurance Law (2016 – 2022)


Teaching & Lecturing

  • Speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 33rd Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, October 16, 2008
  • Panelist, 2006 Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 14, 2006
  • Speaker, NBI Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, Charleston, West Virginia, June 26, 2007
  • Speaker, West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Association 2009 Annual Meeting

Written Work

Have No Fear, West Virginia, Uber Is Here: But Now What?”, The State Journal, May 13, 2016