Elliot’s Resume




Washington and Lee University, 1974 – 1976
West  Virginia University, B.A., Political Science, 1978
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1981

Representative Experience

  • Has taken approximately 100 jury trials to verdict in state circuit courts and federal district courts, as well as numerous bench trials in circuit and magistrate courts
  • Mediated cases in all of West Virginia and parts of western Virginia
  • Presented lectures on mediation tactics and ethics, trial tactics and legal ethics throughout West Virginia and in several seminars outside of the state before a national audience
  • Appeared as a regular panelist 26 times on The Law Works West Virginia Public Television show on legal issues of interest to the public


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the areas of Commercial Litigation, Mediation
  • AV® Preeminent Peer-Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer in mediation and commercial litigation
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Professional Affiliations

  • West Virginia State Bar, President, 1998 – 1999
  • Representative, West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, 1993 – 1996
  • Appointed by two State Bar Presidents in 1999 and 2006 as Chairman of Lawyer Advertising Commission to examine and develop rules governing lawyer advertising
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1998 – 1999
  • Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2007
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2005
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow 2011
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Judge John A. Field, Jr. Chapter, Charter Member as Master of the Bench, 2002
  • Appointed by the Honorable Elliott E. Maynard, then-Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of   Appeals, to serve on a commission to devise standard jury instructions for West Virginia cases, 2000
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, President, 1988 – 1989

Community Affiliations

  • Vice Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, appointed by former Governor Cecil   Underwood (R) and reappointed by former Governor Bob Wise (D), 1999 – 2006, Rising to Vice-Chairman
  • Chairman, Concord University Board of Governors, 2013 to present
  • Member, West Virginia Humanities Council
  • Legal Aid Society of Charleston Board of Directors, 1992 – 1998
  • Former Chairman, Kanawha County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, former Chairman
  • Former Member, West Virginia Bar Foundation Board of Directors; Chairman, IOLTA Advisory Committee
  • Member, Charleston Jazz Series Board of Directors



  • Trial law practice since 1981 that has extended to almost every county in West Virginia.
  • Completed over 100 jury trials and numerous other bench trials and magistrate court trials.
  • Cases taken to verdict include medical malpractice, environmental torts, numerous types of personal injury cases, commercial litigation, construction litigation, defense of product liability claims, and all manner of insurance lawsuits.
  • AV rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and mediation
  • Super Lawyers for mediation and commercial litigation
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers 2007.
  • Member of the highly selective Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel from 2007-2014.
  • Recognized as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the West Virginia Bar Foundation, both based upon similar high standards.

Mediator Training and Experience

  • Conducting mediations since 2000 in West Virginia and western Virginia.
  • Selected Speeches and Seminars presented on mediation topics;
  • Debated in favor of the advocate’s opening statement against another established local mediator at the West Virginia State Bar Advanced Mediation seminar of August 19, 2008
  • Panelist for the discussion Ethical Considerations in Mediation, the West Virginia State Bar Advanced Mediation seminar of August 19, 2008
  • Mediation Hot Topics, 2008 West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Mediation Ethics, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel in Hawaii, February, 2010
  • Effective Advocacy Within Mediation, MedMarc Insurance Company’s Annual Medical Device Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, June 2010.
  • Mediation Advocacy presentation to West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel Products Liability Section, May 2011

Sample of Mediation-related Publications:

Business, Trade and Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Defense Research Institute Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • National Bar Association
  • Mountain State Bar Association.

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