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US District Court for the Southern 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.

Michael A. Kawash

  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1998-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1993-1997
  • Former Chair, Labor & Employment Department, Robinson & McElwee
  • Clerkship with the Honorable Thomas E. McHugh, Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1988-93

Mr. Kawash practices within Robinson & McElwee’s Labor & Employment Department, with a primary focus on workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation claims.

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 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

Mr.

Charles R. McElwee

  • Of Counsel, Robinson & McElwee, 1997-2005, 2009-present
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-1996
  • Former Manager, Robinson & McElwee
  • Partner, Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe, 1976-1983
  • Partner, James, Wise, Robinson & Magnuson, 1969-1976
  • Partner, McClintic, James, Wise & Robinson, 1968
  • Dayton, Campbell & Love, 1957-1968
  • Assistant Attorney General, 1956-1957
  • U.S. Army, 1950-1952

Mr.

Douglas C. McElwee

  • Board of Directors Member,, 2017 - present
  • Assistant Executive Officer, 2014 - 2017
  • Assistant Managing Member, Robinson & McElwee, 2011 - 2014
  • Former Chair, Business Law Department, Robinson & McElwee
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1990-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-1989

Mr. McElwee primarily practices in real estate matters with a focus in coal, as well as oil and gas industries, among others.

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

William C. Porth

  • Board of Directors Member, 2014 - 2017
  • Assistant Managing Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1998-2010
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1987-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1983-1986
  • Associate, Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodrow, 1981-1983

Mr. Porth has practiced at Robinson and McElwee since the firm’s inception in 1983.

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