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US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Mark H. Hayes

  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 2015 - present
  • Of Counsel, Robinson & McElwee, 2002-2014
  • Counsel, West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee, 2002
  • More than 30 years of defense practice

Mr. Hayes' practice primarily involves representing corporate defendants in product liability, toxic and mass torts, class actions and other complex and serious personal injury claims.

David K. Higgins

  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-present
  • Former Chair, Business Law Department, Robinson & McElwee
  • Partner, Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe, 1978-1983
  • Associate, Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe, 1976-1978
  • Associate, James, Wise, Robinson & Magnuson, 1975

A founding member of Robinson & McElwee, Mr. Higgins primarily practices state and federal tax litigation, state and federal securities law, asset protection and general business law.

E. Ryan Kennedy

  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 2008-present
  • Clerk to the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2007-2008
  • Associate, K&L Gates, 2005-2007
  • Executive Research Editor, Law Review, 2004-2005

Mr. Kennedy’s practice encompasses general civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Kennedy also has experience with general corporate compliance, real estate transactions and non-profit and gaming law.

Jeffrey A. Kimble

  • Board of Directors Member, 2014 - 2015, 2017 - present
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1996 - present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1992 - 1995

Mr. Kimble is primarily involved in commercial and corporate defense and litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with a particular focus on property-related litigation. 

Robert E. Lannan

  • Chair, Energy & Environment Department, Robinson & McElwee
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1991-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1985-1990

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John C. Palmer

  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-present
  • Member, Financial Services and Mortgage Litigation Practice Group, Robinson & McElwee
  • Managing Partner of Personnel, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-1986
  • Chair, Litigation Department, Robinson & McElwee, 2001-2002
  • Partnership Chair, Robinson & McElwee, 1997-1998
  • Professional Responsibility Partner, Robinson & McElwee, 1992-present
  • Partner, Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe, 1976-1983
  • Partner, James, Wise, Robinson & Magnuson, 1971-1975
  • Associate, Law Office of

Joseph M. Price

  • Chair, Robinson & McElwee Labor & Employment Department, 2012-present
  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Robinson & McElwee, 2011-present
  • Member, Financial Services and Mortgage Litigation Practice Group, Robinson & McElwee
  • Board of Directors Member, 2014-2015
  • Managing Partner, Robinson & McElwee, 1988, 1996-1998
  • Managing Partner for Personnel, Robinson & McElwee, 1987
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1984-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1983

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David S. Russo

  • Board of Directors Member, 2015-present
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1993-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1988-1992

Mr. Russo’s practice encompasses employment litigation and labor law, with an emphasis in complex litigation, generally, including defense of high risk cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and “deliberate intent” suits arising in industrial settings and class action litigation.

Charles F.W. Saffer

  • Chair, Business Law Department, Robinson & McElwee, 2007-2009, 2013
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 2007-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1998-2006

Mr. Saffer is an experienced real estate attorney, who has handled numerous complex transactions and has litigated business and real property issues in courts throughout West Virginia. He currently maintains an extensive title research and analysis practice throughout West Virginia for several natural gas exploration and production companies.

Lisa M. Schmitt

  • Of Counsel, Robinson & McElwee, 2011-present
  • Member, Schrader, Byrd & Companion, 2009-2011
  • Associate, Schrader, Byrd & Companion, 2002-2008
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Martin J. Gaughan, First Judicial Circuit, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock Counties, W.Va., 2001-2002
  • Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review, 2000-2001
  • Summer Associate, Thorp Reed & Armstrong, 2000
  • Legal Technician III, United States Attorney’s Office Contract Employee, 1993-2000

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