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JamesMark Building
901 Quarrier Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25301Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 304-344-0100
Telephone: 800-355-2753
Fax: 304-342-1545
E-Mail: kcushing@pffwv.com
www.pffwv.com
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Established: 1989

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Rights
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Fire Loss
  • Trucking
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About Us
Our attorneys have a reputation for their aggressive approach to defending cases and proactively working with the client to determine the best course of action in defending a claim. We diligently work with our client to determine the most efficient and cost effective resolution. If the decision is to take the case to trial, our team of attorneys has the necessary experience to aggressively defend the claim. In fact, we believe we try as many, if not more, cases than any law firm in West Virginia. We also spend a great deal of time and significant resources on risk management. Our attorneys provide seminars and training for small and large corporations, insurance companies and local governments pertaining to the best practices in avoiding a claim and managing the client's exposure to liability. The firm handles cases throughout KY, OH. WV and maintains law offices in Charleston, Beckley, Martinsburg and Morgantown, WV.
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Additional Locations
Martinsburg, West Virginia
261 Aikens Center, Suite 301
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404
Telephone: 304-260-1203
Fax: 304-260-1208
E-Mail: vflanagan@pffwv.com
Morgantown, West Virginia
2414 Cranberry Square
Morgantown, West Virginia 26508
Telephone: 304-225-2200
Fax: 304-225-2214
E-Mail: vflanagan@pffwv.com
Beckley, West Virginia
600 Neville Street, Suite 201
Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Telephone: 304-254-9300
Telephone: 800-675-7695
Fax: 304-255-5519
E-Mail: vflanagan@pffwv.com
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIG Insurance GroupErie Insurance Property and Casualty Company
Farmer's Insurance/21st Century Insurance GroupThe Hartford Insurance Group
Liberty Mutual InsuranceState Farm Insurance Company
TravelersWestfield Insurance Company
Zurich North America
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Personnel Information
Firm Managing Partner
Stephen M. Fowler, Managing Member
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:SMF@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • Colorado, 1983
  • West Virginia, 1989
  • Kentucky, 2006
  • Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Tenth Circuits
Memberships:
  • American and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Inns of Court
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Alderson-Broaddus College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1980
  • University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1983
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Firm Members
Johnnie E. Brown
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:jeb@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Marshall University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1984
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1987
Law Review:
West Virginia Law Review
Honors:
Order of Barristers
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Edgar A. Poe, Jr.
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:EPoe@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American, West Virginia and Kanawha County Bar Associations
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Council of Litigation Management (State Chair, 2010)
  • American Inns of Court-Master
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with distinction), 1975
  • The University of Chicago, M.A., 1977
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1980
Honors:
Order of Barristers
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Lori S. Muldoon
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:lmuldoon@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1998
  • Kentucky, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
Memberships:
  • American and Kanawha County Bar Associations
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Marshall University, B.A., 1990
  • Marshall University, M.A., 1994
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1997
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Duane J. Ruggier II
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:druggier@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
Memberships:
  • American, West Virginia and Kanawha County Bar Associations
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Marshall University, B.A., 1995
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1998
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Wendy Greve
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:wgreve@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits
Memberships:
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • American University, B.A., 1988
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1994
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Julie Meeks Greco
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:jgreco@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2003
Memberships:
  • American and Kanawha County Bar Associations
  • West Virginia State Bar
Education:
  • West Virginia University, B.A., 1992
  • West Virginia University, M.S., 1994
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1997
Born:1969
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Molly Underwood Poe
Charleston, WV
E-Mail:mpoe@pffwv.com
Admitted
  • West Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Denison University, B.A., 1987
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1992
Born:1965
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Gary E. PullinTravis S. Haley
Benjamin T. HughesLisa Warner Hunter
Jill M. HarlanJames A. Muldoon
Geoffrey A. CullopKirk Lightner
Katie HicklinChristopher C. Ross
Anna F. Ballard
Associates
Jacob LayneDrannon Adkins
Megan GoodallAdam B. Poe
Evan S. Olds

High Profile Cases
Johnnie Brown: United States v. Shaffer Equip. Co., 11 F.3d 450 (4th Cir. 1993); Keeney v. Charnock, 221 Fed. Appx. 289 (S.D.W. Va. 2007); Conley v. Stollings, 223 W. Va. 762, 679 S.E.2d 594 (2009); West Virginia Fire & Cas. Co. v. Mathews, 209 W. Va. 107, 543 S.E.2d 664 (2000); Harmon v. Elkay Mining Co., 201 W. Va. 747, 500 S.E.2d 860 (1997); Robertson v. Fowler, 197 W. Va. 116, 475 S.E.2d 116 (1996); West Virginia Human Rights Comm'n v. Garretson, 196 W. Va. 118, 468 S.E.2d 733 (1996); Hall's Park Motel v. Rover Constr., 194 W. Va. 309, 460 S.E.2d 444 (1995); Municipal Mut. Ins. Co. v. Mangus, 191 W. Va. 113, 443 S.E.2d 455 (1994); Kapourales v. Summit Corp., 188 W. Va. 238, 423 S.E.2d 641 (1992); Dent v. Kaufman, 185 W. Va. 171, 406 S.E.2d 68 (1991); Osborne v. County Comm'n of Kanawha County, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 20990 (4th Cir. W. Va., 2005)

Danny Scott Wilkinson v. W. Rexford Duff, M.D., et al, 212 W. Va. 725, 575, S.E.2d 235 (2002); State ex rel Brooks v. Zakaib, 214 W. Va. 253, 588 S.E.2d 418 (2003); State ex rel Richard Brooks v. Zakaib, 216 W. Va. 600, 609 S.E.2d 861 (2004)

Stephen Fowler: Short v. Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., 401 F.Supp.2d 549 (S.D.W.Va. 2005); Jones v. Glenville State College, 433 S.E.2d 49 (W.Va. 1993); In re West Virginia Rezulin Litigation, S.E.2d (W.Va. 2001)

Edgar Poe Jr.: In re: Flood Litigation, 607 S.E.2d 863 (W.Va. 2004); Met Life v. Starcher, 474 S.E.2d 186 (W.Va. 1996); Thomas v. Raleigh Hospital, 358 S.E.2d 222 (W.Va. 1987)
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