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08/31/2017

Tammy White and Bernard Vallejos co-author Pharmaceutical Law book chapters

Tammy White and Bernard Vallejos co-authored a book chapters entitled "Key Federal Agencies Regulating Pharmaceutical" and "State Regulatory Schemes for Pharmaceuticals and Related Issues" for the Pharmaceutical Law: Regulation of Research Development and Marketing, Second Edition: 2017 Cumulative Supplement. 


08/15/2017

Farrell, White & Legg Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC is proud to announce that five of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of  The Best Lawyers in America©
 
Michael J. Farrell is listed in the Mass Tort and Class Action, Product Liability Defense, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation and
Personal Injury Defense Litigation categories.
 
Tamela J. White is listed in the Medical Malpractice Defense, Product Liability Defense, Health Care Law and ERISA Litigation categories.
 
Joseph M. Farrell Jr. is included in the Medical Malpractice Law Defense Labor and Employment Law Litigation and Arbitration categories.
 
Erik W. Legg is listed in the practice area of Product Liability Defense and Medical Malpractice Defense categories.
 
Bernard S. Vallejos is listed in the Health Care Law category.

08/10/2017

Tammy White authored IADC article

Tammy White authored an article titled "Shots Fired - A Rational Assessment of Mass Shootings, The Alleged Participation of the Mentally Ill, and an Impaired Right of Privacy" for the International Defense Counsel of America.


08/10/2017

Erik Legg and Bernard Vallejos authored IADC article on the decision by the Supreme Court of Florida

Erik Legg and Bernard Vallejos authored an article for the Medical Liability Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) regarding the decision by the Supreme Court of Florida in North Broward Hospital District, et al. v. Kalitan.

 


08/10/2017

Bernard Vallejos accepted a second term as a member of the Board of Governors for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Bernard Vallejos was asked accepted a second term as a member of the Board of Governors for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.


08/10/2017

Erik Legg now licensed in Kentucky

Erik W. Legg is now licensed in Kentucky and available to accept cases.


07/28/2017

Erik Legg elected Vice President of The Defense of Trial Counsel for West Virginia

Erik Legg was elected as Vice President to the Board of Governor for The Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia during it's 35th annual meeting.

The Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia is an association of West Virginia attorneys who defend individuals and corporations in civil litigation. It currently has a membership of over 500 attorneys, along with over 50 legal assistants.


07/24/2017

Tammy White Donated $53,696.00 to the Marshall University Forensic Science Program for Paul and Dixie Nicely Forensic Science Scholarship Fund

Tammy White Donated $53,696.00 to the Marshall University Forensic Science Program for Paul and Dixie Nicely Forensic Science Scholarship Fund.


06/26/2017

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Attorneys Announced in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC and its partners have been recognized by Chambers USA.  Chambers research found that Farrell, White & Legg PLLC is known for compact team handling mass torts, insurance trials and general commercial litigation. Particularly robust healthcare practice frequently instructed by big players from the pharmaceutical industry.
 
Michael J. Farrell achieved the highest ranking in General Commercial Litigation.  Michael Farrell is a highly respected litigator who is highlighted for his expertise in disputes concerning drugs and medical devices. "He puts himself into the case, he gets involved in the intricacies," say sources, who also compliment his "vast experience, common-sense and commercial sensitivity.”
 
Tamela J. White achieved the highest ranking in Healthcare Litigation.  With previous experience working as a nurse and hospital administrator, Tammy White now covers medical malpractice litigation for a range of pharmaceutical companies. Tammy White is "very experienced and gives you good counsel and direction," reports one client. She handles litigation concerning health law, medical negligence and commercial issues.
 
Erik W. Legg achieved a Band 2 ranking in Healthcare Litigation (Band 2). Erik Legg gains plaudits from his fellow professionals, who say: "I trust his judgment; he is a great resource." His practice focuses on disputes over employment, medical devices and professional liability, among other areas.
 
Bernard S. Vallejos was also listed as Recognized Practitioners.  A “Recognized Practitioner” handles notable matters and has received recommendation during Chamber’s research.        
 
Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of researchers conducts thousands of interviews worldwide with lawyers and their clients to determine who should be listed as outstanding practitioners around the world based on who performs best according to the criteria most valued by clients – technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money. For more information, please 
visit  www.chambersandpartners.com . 

06/06/2017

Tammy White accepted donation on behalf of WV Women's Education Forum

Tammy White, the founder of WV Women's Education Forum (WE), accepted a donation of $1,000 that was raised by the elementary school students at St. Joseph in Huntington, WV.  The funds will be used to aid the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Cabell County, West Virginia.


05/05/2017

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC 2017 Super Lawyers

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC proudly announces that five of its lawyers have been recognized by the 2017 West Virginia Super Lawyers Publication.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
 
Michael J. Farrell has been selected to the 2017 TOP 10 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the State of West Virginia. Mr. Farrell is the only Huntington lawyer to receive this honor. Mr. Farrell has been selected as a 2017 Super Lawyer in the Products Liability Defense and Business Litigation practice areas. 
 
Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. has been selected to the 2017 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the Medical Malpractice Defense practice area. Tamela J. White has been selected to the 2017 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the Medical Malpractice Defense and Employment Litigation practice areas. Erik W. Legg has been selected to the 2017 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the Products Liability Defense practice area.  Bernard Vallejos has been selected to the 2017 West Virginia Rising Stars list for the Products Liability Defense and Medical Malpractice Defense practice areas.
 
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

04/07/2017

Bernard S. Vallejos Named State Journal's Generation Next 40 under 40

The State Journal has recognized Bernard S. Vallejos as one of the 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are working and volunteering to make West Virginia a better place.  You can read more about this recognition by clicking HERE.  

 


01/03/2017

Megan Farrell Woodyard New Member of Farrell, White & Legg PLLC

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC is pleased to announce that Megan Farrell Woodyard has been elected to Member, effective January 1, 2017.  Megan joined the Firm in 2009 and has represented a variety of clients in civil and criminal litigation, primarily focusing on products liability and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on complex, mass litigation and class action matters. She received her law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Marshall University. 


06/24/2016

Michael J. Farrell elected as Vice Chairman of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


06/02/2016

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Attorneys Announced in 2016 Chambers USA

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC and its partners have been recognized in the 2106 Chambers USA.  Chambers research found that Farrell, White & Legg PLLC is known for compact team handling mass torts, insurance trials and general commercial litigation. Particularly robust healthcare practice frequently instructed by big players from the pharmaceutical industry.

Michael J. Farrell was ranked in General Commercial Litigation (Band 1).  Michael Farrell is "by reputation, one of the best lawyers in the state." As well as maintaining a focus on mass torts, insurance coverage, product liability and employment, he has lately acted on significant trials concerning legal malpractice and environmental issues. One peer notes: "I've watched him litigate and he's unbelievable - I wouldn't want to be crossed by him!"

Tamela J. White was ranked in Healthcare Litigation (Band 1).  With previous experience working as a nurse and hospital administrator, Tammy White now covers medical malpractice litigation for a range of pharmaceutical companies. "She's a real trial lawyer," explains a client; "when you deal with Tammy, you're just going to feel that confidence."

Erik W. Legg was ranked in Healthcare Litigation (Band 2). The "excellent, very skilled" Erik Legg focuses on medical professional liability and litigation concerning drugs and medical devices. A source observes: "He's marvelous. I have confidence that he will work up a case the way I want him to."

Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. and Bernard S. Vallejos were also listed as Recognized Practitioners.  A “Recognized Practitioner” handles notable matters and has received recommendation during Chamber’s research.        

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of researchers conducts thousands of interviews worldwide with lawyers and their clients to determine who should be listed as outstanding practitioners around the world based on the who performs best according to the criteria most valued by clients – technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money. For more information please visit  www.chambersandpartners.com .

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.


06/02/2016

Michael J. Farrell Named a TOP 10 Super Lawyer Again

Michael J. Farrell has been selected again to the 2016 TOP 10 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the State of West Virginia. Mr. Farrell is the only Huntington lawyer to receive this honor. He has been recognized multiple times before.


05/17/2016

Michael J. Farrell presented Cybersecurity Seminar

Michael J. Farrell presented a continuing legal education cybersecurity seminar entitled “Hacking Medical Devices—Blurry Rights & Remedies” for the IADC Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting held at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. 


04/28/2016

Joseph M. Farrell Jr. Inducted as WV Bar Foundation Fellow

On April, 28, 2016, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. was inducted as a Fellow to the West Virginia Bar Foundation.  The Foundation selects lawyers who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession in West Virginia.


04/26/2016

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Star

Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC proudly announces that five of its lawyers have been recognized by the 2016 West Virginia Super Lawyers Publication. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Michael J. Farrell and Erik W. Legg have been selected as a 2016 Super Lawyer in the Products Liability Defense practice area.

Tamela J. White and Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. have been selected to the 2016 West Virginia Super Lawyers list for the Medical Malpractice Defense practice area. 

Bernard Vallejos was selected to the 2016 West Virginia Rising Stars list for the Products Liability Defense practice area.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

 


04/18/2016

Michael J. Farrell and Bernard S. Vallejos - Deposition Day at Marshall University

On April 18, 2016, Michael J. Farrell and Bernard S. Vallejos participated in the 2016 Graduate level "Forensic Accounting: Civil Litigation" course Deposition Day at Marshall University.  


02/01/2016

TAMELA J. WHITE NAMED SENIOR FELLOW OF LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA

Tamela J. White, of the law firm Farrell, White & Legg PLLC, has been named a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). A premier trial lawyer, Mrs. White has been a part of the Huntington, Tri State and West Virginia business community since returning to Huntingtonafter graduating from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law with honors.  Before becoming an attorney, she was an adult intensive care registered nurse and hospital administrator.  She recently completed her Masters’ in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore Maryland.  Tammy obtained her Public Health advanced degree so that she may combine her legal expertise with advancements in the health, wellness and sustainability of our Tri State Community. 

The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. Senior Fellow status in the society is reserved for advanced commitment to and support of the LCA, Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.


12/15/2015

Farrell, White & Legg - Mock Depositions for Forensic Accounting course at Marshall University

Farrell, White & Legg has been invited to participate in mock depositions for a graduate level Forensic Accounting: Civil Litigation course at Marshall University in April 2016.  


11/30/2015

Samantha Thomas Bush participated in mock trial at Marshall University

Samantha Thomas Bush participated in a  mock trial on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Marshall University's Legal Communications class.  Judge Farrell presided. 


10/13/2015

Michael J. Farrell to author chapter for IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual

Michael J. Farrell to author chapter on Destructive and Nondestructive Testing or Examination for the International Association of Defense Counsel's - Defense Counsel Training Manual scheduled for release in teh Spring of 2016.


09/05/2015

Michael J. Farrell Presents "Ethical Consequences - What Defense Lawyers Do and Fail to Do"

On September 5, 2015, Michael J. Farrell presented a seminar titled "Ethical Consequences - What Defense Lawyers and Other Lawyers Do and Fail to Do" at the West Virginia University College of Law.


09/04/2015

Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. presented "Risk Management" Seminar

On September 4, 2015, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. presented a Risk Management and Continuing Education Seminar on the HIPAA Privacy Standards, HITECH Amendments, and Documentation in Beckley, WV 

 

 


08/05/2015

Samantha Thomas-Bush to Join Children's Place Board of Directors

Samantha Thomas-Bush has accepted an invitation to the Board of Directors for Children’s Place in Huntington, WV.  Children’s Place is an independent, non-profit early childhood education center that has been providing pre-school aged children with a nurturing environment to learn and grow for over 30 years. 


07/23/2015

Articles newly published

Bernard S. Vallejos authored an article entitled Overview of the September 2, 2014 Amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Evidence that was published in the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia's Notebook of Articles provided at the DTCWV Annual Meeting.  Erik W. Legg and Megan Farrell Woodyard co-authored an article entitled Overview of the 2015 Amendments to the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct that was published in the same Notebook of Articles.


06/24/2015

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Partners Announced in Chambers and Partners

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Farrell, White & Legg PLLC partners, Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White, and Erik W. Legg were recognized for their outstanding litigation skills in Chambers and Partners’ 2015 edition.

Michael J. Farrell received Band 1 recognition in the General Commercial Litigation category where it was noted that he commands an outstanding reputation, with one source noting, “When it comes to courtroom presence, Mike Farrell is one of the best I’ve seen.”  

Mike is the founding and managing member of the Firm.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as an outstanding litigator and was voted as one of West Virginia’s top 10 lawyers.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.

Tamela J. White received Band 2 recognition in the Healthcare Litigation category and was praised for her “extremely deep knowledge on medical issues,” which she has acquired through her experience in the healthcare industry.

Tammy is a senior litigator in the firm’s medical malpractice and product liability litigation sections and she was the firstfemale trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel and now serves on their Board.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had 10 years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Erik W. Legg received Band 2 recognition in the Healthcare Litigation category and was noted as “very responsive and client-oriented.”  Erik is recognized as a rising player in pharmaceutical litigation, in which he has represented several Fortune 500 companies.   

The Firm’s Practice Leader for pharmaceutical litigation, Erik has extensive experience in numerous drug and medical device litigations including those involving antidepressants, statins, COX2 inhibitors, hormone replacement therapy agents, antiplatelets, intraoperative anti-clotting agents, and implantable pelvic mesh devices.  Erik is also active in medical malpractice litigation, class action litigation, commercial litigation, employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims and workplace exposure and injury litigation.

 Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of researchers conducts thousands of interviews worldwide with lawyers and their clients to determine who should be listed as outstanding practitioners around the world.

Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked by Chambers in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. For more information please visit www.chambersandpartners.com.


05/22/2015

Michael J. Farrell and Tamela J. White receive plaques from Marshall University's Forensic Science Center in recognition of their long-term contributions to the forensic science graduate program and improving forensic science education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.– The Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program was presented with $1,500 in donations to the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship fund at the graduation reception for the nationally recognized program’s 19th graduating class.

Michael J. Farrell, Esq., presented the check on behalf of numerous contributors to Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the program. Gifts were made by Farrell, Tamela J. White, Esq., Erik W. Legg, Esq., Les and Denise Spears, Jill Stevens, Sam and Val Schiedler, David Miller and Dr. Terry Fenger and his wife, Sandy.

The Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship for the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program was founded by White in honor of her parents.  The scholarship benefits West Virginia and metro-area students who are accepted into the master’s degree program and demonstrate high academic performance and financial need during their undergraduate education.

“The Marshall University Forensic Science Program is the National Leader in Forensic Science Graduate Education,” said Tamela J. White.  “Matters of national and state security ranging from anti-terrorism to victim rights to digital forensics all are within this program’s expertise.  Dr. Fenger, Dr. Staton and the entire team of faculty and support staff is commended for the dedication and invaluable services provided.  This scholarship is but one way that a community citizen can support the program and Marshall University.”

Fenger said he hopes the endowed scholarship will encourage students from West Virginia to apply to Marshall’s Forensic Science Graduate Program and seek opportunities for higher paying jobs and a career in this exciting and important field.

“Contributions to this scholarship are important because this is the only scholarship that has been established to provide students in Marshall’s Master of Forensic Science Program with financial assistance to help pay for their education,” said Fenger.  “The scholarship will help support our students so they can make a difference in our society by serving the greater good to make our communities safer and serve justice through scientific forensic methods.”

Dr. Fenger presented Farrell and White with plaques from Marshall’s Forensic Science Center to recognize their long-term contributions to the forensic science graduate program and improving forensic science education.

Fenger said Farrell has been instrumental in the development of the program going back to the early 1990s when he was on the West Virginia Board of Trustees, and he continues to provide advice and support. 

“It is easy to support the best Forensic Science Masters Program in the United States, said Michael J. Farrell.  “I am grateful to Dr. Fenger and Dr. Pam Staton for their tireless dedication to this scientific cornerstone that provides reliable certainty to the administration of the criminal justice system.”

Farrell also reminded students and graduates of the program that it is currently number one in the country for highest overall student test scores on the American Board of Criminalistics assessment test as of 2014.  During the spring semester, students in the Class of 2015 took the exam, and the academic program is awaiting the results.

More than 50 percent of the 19 graduates of the program’s Class of 2015 have obtained jobs and most of the others have pending offers.  To date, 292 students have graduated from the nationally recognized FEPAC-accredited program since 1997.

Donations to the fund may be sent to:
Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship Fund
c/o The Marshall University Foundation
519 John Marshall Dr.
Huntington, W.Va. 25703


05/12/2015

Five Farrell, White & Legg Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyer Rating Service. Founding Member, Michael J. Farrell, voted as one of West Virginia’s top 10 lawyers.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Five attorneys at the Huntington-based defense law firm Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC achieved recognition by the Super Lawyers rating service in the 2015 issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Michael J. Farrell and Erik W. Legg achieved recognition as Super Lawyers in the “Personal Injury Products: Defense” category; Tamela J. White and Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. achieved recognition as Super Lawyers in the “Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense” category; and Bernard S. Vallejos achieved recognition in the “Rising Stars” category.

Farrell, White & Legg’s Founding Member, Michael, J. Farrell, also received the distinct honor of being voted by his peers as the number three lawyer among the Top 10 in West Virginia.

Lawyers included in Super Lawyers Magazine are comprised of the top five percent of peer-nominated and reviewed candidates. Lawyers may not nominate themselves or campaign. Independent research based on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition such as verdicts, settlements, professional experience and community service then takes place. Candidates with the highest point totals from these evaluations then serve on a “Blue Ribbon Panel” to evaluate other candidates within their primary area of practice. The top five percent of the candidates evaluated are named Super Lawyers. The top 2.5 percent of lawyers who are age 40 or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less, are named Rising Stars.

“I am gratified by the continuing confidence of my fellow lawyers in again recognizing my effectiveness as one of the Top 3 lawyers in the State,” said Michael Farrell, “It’s especially meaningful to receive this kind of validation in the modern competitive practice of law in our State.”

Serving clients across West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and beyond, Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, is a defense firm in Huntington, W.Va. that specializes in health care law, labor and employment litigation, medical malpractice litigation, personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, commercial litigation and employment law management.


05/07/2015

Tamela J. White recognized for her work with the West Virginia Women's Education Forum (WE).

Congratulations to the West Virginia Women's Education Forum (WE) on being inducted into the June Harless Center for Rural Education Research and Development Hall of Fame and to Tamela J. White for her work with the organization.

For a link to this article, please click here:  http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x1641589521/Harless-Center-honors-leaders-in-education


04/27/2015

Farrell, White & Legg Attorneys Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. and Erik W. Legg Receive Prestigious AV Martindale Hubble Rating

Huntington W. Va. – Farrell, White and Legg Attorneys and Counselors, PLLC, is pleased to announce that Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. and Erik W. Legg, attained an “AV Preeminent”Peer Review in the Martindale Hubble Law Directory. The AV Preeminent rating is a significant accomplishment and an honor to receive in the legal field.

The Martindale Hubble Peer Review ratings system surveys lawyers across multiple similar areas of legal practice as the lawyer being rated. The lawyer’s legal ability is assessed on a scale of one to five, with five being highest, focusing on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience. Lawyers who receive a 1.0 - 2.9 are known as “Rated,” while those who receive a 3.0 - 4.4 are in the “BV Distinguished” category. The “AV Preeminent” category is reserved for lawyers who have consistently displayed the highest level of professional excellence to receive a 4.5 – 5.0 peer rating.

Serving clients across West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and beyond, Farrell, White & Legg Attorneys and Counselors, PLLC, is a defense firm in Huntington, W.Va. that specializes in health care law, ERISA litigation, labor and employment litigation, medical malpractice litigation, personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, commercial litigation and employment law management. 


02/27/2015

Bernard Vallejos contributed products liability Federal Circuit case law update for DRI

Bernard Vallejos researched and prepared a products liability case law update for the Federal Circuit for the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) February 2015 Products Liability Conference.  This update identifies and summarizes the most important cases in 2014 from the Federal Circuit that may affect products liability litigation.  It was presented at the DRI February 2015 Products Liability Conference by Jonathan M. Hoffman of Martin Bischoff LLP as part of a comprehensive products liability case law update for all Federal Circuits and Canada

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. It is committed to: enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of defense lawyers; anticipating and addressing issues germane to defense lawyers and the civil justice system; promoting appreciation of the role of the defense lawyer; and improving the civil justice system and preserving the civil jury.


02/09/2015

Bernard S. Vallejos Serves as Panelist for Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Interview Skills Panel

Bernard served as a panelist for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Interview Skills Panel at the West Virginia University College of Law on February 4, 2015.  The program was designed to educate and provide helpful tips to the law students to assist them in preparing for their future interviews with prospective employers.  Bernard presented on the topic of interview preparation and provided suggestions regarding pre-interview research, mock interviews and interviewee use of social media.


11/21/2014

Bernard S. Vallejos Participated in Marshall University Forensic Accounting Capstone Program

Bernard S. Vallejos Participated in Marshall University Forensic Accounting Capstone Program

On November 17, 2014, Bernard S. Vallejos conducted mock depositions of forensic accounting students during “Deposition Day” for the Marshall University Forensic Accounting Capstone Program.  This exercise introduced the students to the deposition process generally, and demonstrated the significance of economic reports and damages calculations in a litigation context.


11/11/2014

Benchmark Litigation Recognized Michael J. Farrell as Litigation Star

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  –Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, is pleased to announce that Michael J. Farrell has been recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation, as a local Litigation Star for the third consecutive year. 

As one of only 32 attorneys in West Virginia to receive the respected distinction as a local Litigation Star, the benchmark practice areas for which he was recognized include product liability, general commercial, and labor and employment.

Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, Benchmark Litigation identifies leading U.S. attorneys and firms at local and national levels. The publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Their full report is available at www.benchmarklitigation.com.

Current recognition as a local Litigation Star is just one of Mr. Farrell’s accomplishments.  A distinguished and highly recognized trial lawyer, author and lecturer, Mr. Farrell contributes his talent locally and across the state of West Virginia in many significant ways as reflected by his status as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition to the complex product liability, mass tort, commercial and employment litigation cases he manages at Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, he is highly dedicated to education initiatives. Governor Tomblin appointed him to serve asa Commissioner on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He is an active member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy as one of the professors teaching its pharmacy law curriculum.

Located at 914 Fifth Avenue in Huntington, W.Va., Farrell, White & Legg’s representation covers West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.


11/03/2014

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Awarded Tier 1 Status in "Best Law Firms" Rankings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  –The 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, as a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in six practice areas within the Charleston, W.Va., metropolitan area, which includes Huntington. Additional awards the report cited also include Tier 2 and Tier 3 rankings for the Huntington-based law firm.

Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on either a national or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.  For the purposes of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® report, there are two metropolitan areas in West Virginia: Charleston and Morgantown.

Farrell, White & Legg’s 2015 recognition as a Tier 1 Charleston, W.Va., metropolitan law firm was for expertise in practice areas that include Health Care Law, Litigation (ERISA), Litigation (Labor and Employment), Medical Malpractice Law (Defendants), Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants), and Product Liability Litigation (Defendants).   

Additional recognition as a Tier 2 Charleston, W.Va., metropolitan law firm in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law (Management), and as a Tier 3 Charleston, W.Va. metropolitan law firm in the practice area of Arbitration was also awarded the firm.

“Farrell, White & Legg strives to maintain the highest professional legal standards while upholding our core tenets of quality, experience, communication, professionalism and integrity,” said Michael J. Farrell, Managing Member of Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC. “This marks the ninth consecutive year our firm has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® report, and we are particularly pleased to see the number of practice areas for which we received Tier 1 recognition increase this year.”

The 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Located at 914 Fifth Avenue in Huntington, W.Va., Farrell, White & Legg’s representation covers West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.


07/18/2014

Michael J. Farrell to Participate as a Panelist in the Upcoming West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Board of Governors Summit

Commissioner Michael J. Farrell will be serving as a Panelist during the upcoming West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Board of Governors Summit on The Keys to a Successful Board – A Deeper Look at Effective Governance. As a panelist he will discuss the 10 Habits of Highly Effective Boards. The panel discussion will take place on August 2, 2014 from 9:45-10:45am at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. 


06/16/2014

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Attorneys Announced in West Virginia Super Lawyers

Huntington, WV--- Five partners at Farrell, White & Legg PLLC have been recognized in the Super Lawyers publication for West Virginia.

Michael J. Farrell, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr., Tamela J. White, and Erik W. Legg were named West Virginia Super Lawyers, and Bernard S. Vallejos was named a West Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star.  Of special note, Mike was recognized as one of the “Top 10” lawyers in the state for the third consecutive year.

Their listings can be found at www.superlawyers.com.  To be named a West Virginia Super Lawyer, a candidate must pass a stringent screening process that includes peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review, and independent research on candidates.  Michael Farrell is included under the practice area of Business Litigation; Joseph Farrell, Jr. and Tamela White are included in the Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Defense practice area; and Erik Legg and Bernard S. Vallejos are included in the Products Personal Injury Defense practice area.

Mike is the founding and managing member of the Firm.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding Tier 1 litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.

Joe has been in practice  since 1980 and he has represented clients in jury trials throughout West Virginia. The major focus of his practice is the defense of health care providers in litigation. Joe also provides representation in litigation matters involving employment, discrimination, personal injury, workplace injury and criminal defense. He has lectured at legal seminars on a number of topics including medical malpractice and litigation techniques. Joe has served two terms on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, three terms on the Cabell County Board of Education and is the former President of the Cabell County Bar. He is admitted to practice in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Tammy is a senior litigator in the firm’s medical malpractice section. She is also an active product liability litigator. She was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel and now serves as an IADC board member.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had ten years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Erik is a member of the complex litigation team with primary responsibility for pharmaceutical and medical products liability, medical professional malpractice, workplace exposure and injury litigation, and employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. In that capacity, he has managed thousands of medical device cases and hundreds of pharmaceutical cases.

In addition to his Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection, Bernard was just named the first ever Young Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.  He focuses his legal practice on defending clients in medical malpractice, deliberate intent/Mandolidis, products liability and mass/toxic tort litigation.

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.


06/10/2014

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Attorneys Announced in Chambers and Partners

Huntington, WV--- Two partners at Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC have been recognized in the Chambers and Partners USA.

Michael J. Farrell and Tamela J. White were recognized in Chambers and Partners 2014. Michael J. Farrell was ranked in Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1). Tamela J. White was ranked in Litigation: Healthcare (Band 2). She was recognized by Chambers as being in the top five Healthcare Litigators for the State of West Virginia.

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of researchers conducts thousands of interviews worldwide with lawyers and their clients to determine who should be listed as outstanding practitioners around the world based on those who performs best according to the criteria most valued by clients – technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money. For more information please visit www.chambersandpartners.com .

Mike is the founding and managing member of the Firm.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as an outstanding litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.

Tammy is a senior litigator in the firm’s medical malpractice and product liability litigation sections and she was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel and now serves on their Board.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had ten years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.


05/22/2014

Bernard Vallejos Named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Bernard Vallejos has been named the 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV).  The DTCWV is comprised of attorneys who defend individuals and corporations in civil litigation.  Its mission is to elevate the standards of West Virginia trial practice; to support and advocate for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence; and to increase the quality of services rendered by the legal profession to the citizens of West Virginia.

The DTCWV this year voted to add the award of Young Lawyer of the Year to be presented at its Annual Meeting, and selected Bernard as the first ever recipient of this distinguished award.  This award is given to a member of the DTCWV who has practiced five years or less or is under the age of 36 and has, by his or her ethical, personal, and professional conduct, shown exemplary achievement in the legal profession and/or who has contributed time and expertise to the DTCWV.


05/20/2014

Erik Legg Reappointed to DTCWV Board of Governors

Erik Legg has been reappointed to the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginias Board of Governors. The Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia is comprised of attorneyswho defend individuals and corporations in civil litigation. The Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s mission is to elevate the standards of West Virginia trial practice; supporting and advocating for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence; and increasing the quality of services rendered by the legal profession to the citizens of West Virginia. Erik was chosen by his peers to remain on the Board of Governors which is the governing body of the DTCWV.

Erik is a Member at Farrell, White & Legg PLLC in Huntington, West Virginia. His primary areas of interest and experience include pharmaceutical and medical products liability, medical professional malpractice, workplace exposure and injury litigation, and employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims.


05/18/2014

Bernard Vallejos Appointed to the Board of Governors for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Bernard Vallejos has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV).  The DTCWV is comprised of attorneys who defend individuals and corporations in civil litigation.  Its mission is to elevate the standards of West Virginia trial practice; to support and advocate for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence; and to increase the quality of services rendered by the legal profession to the citizens of West Virginia.  Bernard was chosen from among his peers to join the Board of Governors, which is the governing body of the DTCWV.

Bernard is a Member at Farrell, White & Legg PLLC.  He was just named the first ever Young Lawyer of the Year by the DTCWV.  He is the former Chair of the DTCWV Medical Liability Committee and in addition to his DTCWV activities is an active member of the West Virginia State Bar, Cabell County Bar Association (CCBA), American Bar Association (ABA) and Defense Research Institute (DRI).  His focuses his practice on defending clients in medical malpractice, deliberate intent/Mandolidis, products liability and mass/toxic tort litigation.


05/18/2014

Bernard S. Vallejos Appointed to Board of Advisors for St. Joseph Catholic School

Bernard Vallejos has been appointed to the Board of Advisors for St. Joseph Catholic School in Huntington, West Virginia.  In his capacity as an advisor, he will provide guidance to the school principal and administration regarding various school related programs and activities.


05/16/2014

Michael J. Farrell Honored as a June Harless Center Hall of Fame Inductee

Michael J. Farrell was honored on May 15, 2014 at the Marshall University Foundation Hall with induction into the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development Hall of Fame. The Harless center’s mission is to provide leadership and education initiatives for rural West Virginia educators and students. He was recognized for the exemplary leadership he has provided to ensure the success of the education of all students in West Virginia.

Michael has a long standing commitment to education. He is currently serving as Commissioner on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He has also served on the Marshall University Board of Governors, the Marshall University Board of Advisors, the University System Board of Trustees, the Higher Education Interim Governing Board, the West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee, and he has served as the Interim President of Marshall University. In addition to his many appointment and volunteer activities involving education, Mike serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Departments of Surgery and Family & Community Health.

Michael was honored to be recognized for his impact on education and will continue to strive for greatness in Education for West Virginians.


05/08/2014

Tamela J. White and Erik W. Legg Lecture at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

Tamela J. White and Erik W. Legg delivered a guest lecture at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy on Wednesday May 7th.   The three hour presentation was designed as a course review focused on pharmacy law, to support graduate students in preparation for their licensing exams. The presentation covered a wide range of Pharmacy Law topics under both Federal and West Virginia law.


04/17/2014

Tamela J. White Elected to Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors

Tamela J. White has been elected to sit on the Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors at Marshall University. The Society of Yeager Scholars awards full tuition and room and board scholarships to deserving students. They also provide the Scholars with study abroad opportunities at Oxford University, England and additional study abroad opportunities to study language. The Scholars also receive a laptop, an enhanced curriculum, and mentor network while at Marshall University. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Society is a great honor and one that Tamela is happy to accept.


04/01/2014

Tamela J. White Asked to Chair IADC Task Force

Tamela J. White has been asked to Chair a Task Force for the International Association of Defense Trial Counsel. The Task Force is the Value-Added Task Force for Corporate Counsel members. The objective of the Task Force is to identify opportunities for the IADC to add value for Corporate Counsel membership through IADC services.


03/18/2014

Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White, and Erik W. Legg Contribute to Marshall University School of Pharmacy Student Success

Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White, and Erik W. Legg in their service as Adjunct Faculty members for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy have created a successful pharmacy law curriculum that has been validated by the results of the National Exam administered to Second Year students. They have been instructing the first year P1 class as well as the second year P2 class in pharmacy law since the institutions opening in 2012.


02/27/2014

MICHAEL FARRELL NAMED FELLOW OF LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA

Huntington attorney Michael J. Farrell, of the law firm Farrell, White & Legg PLLC, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mike is the founding and managing member of Farrell, White & Legg. He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding litigator. For more than fifteen years, the Best Lawyers in America recognized Mike as a West Virginia Best Lawyer in both the Business Litigation and Defense of Personal Injury Litigation categories.

The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.
 


02/08/2014

Michael J. Farrell Presents at WVCLE Litigation Seminar

On Friday, February 7th 2013 at 4:00pm, Michael J. Farrell presented “Legal Malpractice, Lawyer Disciplinary Committee & You” at the WVCLE Litigation Seminar. The seminar took place at Canaan Valley Ski Resort in Davis, West Virginia.

View Lecture Powerpoint here:

http://www.farrell3.com/assets/images/Canaan%202014%20Power%20Point%20Presentation%20(F0803416).PPTX

For more information please visit:

 http://wvcle.org/items/current-live-seminars/LITIGATION2014LIVE-detail.htm.


12/12/2013

Michael J. Farrell Named to the 2013 Super Lawyers West Virginia Top 10 List

We are excited to announce that Michael J. Farrell has been selected to the 2013 Super Lawyers West Virginia Top 10 List. This top list features only the best of the best attorneys in West Virginia. Attorneys on the top list have been selected to the 2013 West Virginia Super Lawyers list and have the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers selection process.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. 

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

 Peer nominations

 Independent research by Super Lawyers

 Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. You can find my listing in the West Virginia Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.

For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.


11/12/2013

Bernard Vallejos to Present at Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Seminar

The Young Lawyers Committee of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia on November 15, 2013 is hosting its annual continuing legal education seminar in Charleston, West Virginia, which this year is entitled “Evidence and Discovery; Advanced Skills for Young Attorneys.”  Bernard will speak about the various types of discovery and discovery strategies that young lawyers can implement in their cases, covering written discovery, deposition discovery, inspections and independent examinations, and the objectives for each.  He will also participate in the speaker panel answering direct questions from the attendees.


11/01/2013

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Awarded Tier 1 Status in “Best Law Firms” Rankings

WASHINGTON – November 1, 2013 – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the fourth consecutive year, announced the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC was recognized as a Tier 1 Law firm in the Charleston Metro Area in the practice areas of Litigation – ERISA, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. We are proud to be ranked in the Charleston Metro Area. Our practice is based in Huntington, West Virginia and our representation covers West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

The 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

 


10/31/2013

Tamela J. White Appointed to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation Board

The Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation was created in 1983 to support the mission of Cabell Huntington Hospital and to heighten awareness and understanding of the essential role quality health care plays in our community. The Board is comprised of local community leaders working on a voluntary basis. Their current focus is funding the completion of the new Hoops Children’s Hospital. For more information please visit http://cabellhuntington.org/foundation/.


10/30/2013

Huntington Women Raise Thousands of Dollars for Local Students

HUNTINGTON- Nearly one hundred women (and a handful of men) gathered October 12th for a fundraising luncheon aimed at improving the educational opportunities available to the children of southern West Virginia.  The group, West Virginia’s Women for Education Forum (WE), is a fund at the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. (FTSC).  WE’s second annual luncheon kicked off the 2013-2014 school year project- funding “flipped” classrooms.  The fundraising has continued throughout the month, and to date, $8,310 has been donated for this project. 

Tamela White, a partner at the firm Farrell, White, and Legg, PLLC, is one of the leaders of the committee that selected this year’s fundraising project. “On behalf of WE, I am privileged to say our mission of investing into the future of education is well-represented by the Flipped Classroom concept. Great outcomes will be achieved with differences occurring in the lives of students and teachers. WE is proud to be a part of this project.”

Judge Dan O’Hanlon, Director of WVNET, was the keynote speaker at the fundraising kickoff.  “Flipped classrooms across the United States have improved student grades and lowered dropout rates and misconduct dramatically.”  Teachers record lessons and lectures by using video recording software. These videos are then uploaded to the Internet, allowing students to watch their teachers from home. The following day in class, students work on various assignments based on the information they received through the instructor’s videos. Video lectures free up time in class, allowing more time for students to interact with their teachers and providing a more in-depth learning experience without replacing traditional reading and writing skill development.

The pilot program has already been effective in improving student outcomes in a limited number of secondary classrooms in Mason, Wayne, and Cabell Counties.  Judge O’Hanlon “was proud to assist the effort to expand flipped classrooms in Cabell County from the five pioneer science and math teachers to more teachers in many areas. Flipped classrooms will transform K12 education and I am pleased that we have taken the lead to bring it to schools here.” 

WE hopes to expand this successful program by raising money to purchase the technology necessary to flip additional classrooms in Cabell County. The estimated cost of “flipping” a classroom is $4,000-$6,000 per classroom.  For more information, or to donate online, visit http://wvwe.webs.com.  Make checks payable to FTSC, P.O. Box 7932, Huntington, WV 25779.

The Foundation for the Tri-State Community is a community foundation, established in 1972 to improve the quality of life in our community by encouraging, raising, administering, and distributing gifts for charitable, cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.  All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

For more information contactMary Witten Wiseman at the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. at ftsc_mwwiseman@yahoo.com

and (606) 324-3888. www.tristatefoundation.org

 


10/25/2013

Tammy White and Bernard Vallejos Victorious Before Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia published an opinion affirming a lower court decision to grant Summary Judgment to Tammy and Bernard’s client in a medical malpractice case.  The case involved an alleged delay in intubation.  Both the lower court and the Supreme Court found that plaintiff’s expert witness failed to testify that Tammy’s and Bernard’s client breached the standard of care or caused injury to the patient, and that Summary Judgment therefore was proper.  A link to the Supreme Court’s decision can be found here:http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/docs/fall2013/12-1069.pdf.


09/06/2013

Michael J. Farrell Appointed to West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Michael J. Farrell has been appointed to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is responsible for developing, establishing and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for all of West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. The commission is responsible for the oversight of higher education institutions to ensure they accomplish their missions and implement the provisions set by state statute.

Mike served as Interim President of Marshall University in 2005. He has served a total of eleven years on the Marshall University Board of Governors and its predecessor Advisory Board. As the founding and managing member Farrell, White & Legg PLLC in Huntington, WV,  he is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he also has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding Tier 1 litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.


08/15/2013

Michael J. Farrell Named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Charleston, WV – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year”

         

Michael J. Farrellhas been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Charleston, WV Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community receives this honor. Mike is the founding and managing member Farrell, White & Legg PLLC in Huntington, WV.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding Tier 1 litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation. 

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Selection for inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey of nearly 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.   Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the expertise and creativity required in the very challenging litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers have committed to the practice of providing large firm quality with the personalized attention of a small firm.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high-risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.


07/15/2013

Tammy White Elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors

Tammy White has been elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors. She is the first attorney from West Virginia to earn this honor. She is one of nine board members, each class of three serve for a three year term. Each member is elected by IADC peers.

The IADC membership is comprised of the world’s leading corporate and insurance lawyers and has been serving a distinguished membership since 1920. Being part of the IADC means you have experienced success in your career and are committed to supporting your profession; being elected to the Board shows unparalleled dedication to your practice by leadership of such a distinguish group.

Tammy is a senior litigator in Farrell, White & Legg PLLC’s medical malpractice, health law and product liability litigation sections. She was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had ten years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters’ in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD with an emphasis in health care economics and population-based problem-solving.

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.For more information please visit www.farrell3.com.


06/20/2013

Attorneys Announced in West Virginia Super Lawyers

Four partners at Farrell, White & Legg PLLC have been recognized in the Super Lawyers publication for West Virginia.

Michael J. Farrell, Joseph M. Farrell, Jr., Tamela J. White, and Erik W. Legg were named West Virginia Super Lawyers.  Of special note, Mike was recognized as one of the “Top 10”  lawyers in the state. Mike is the only lawyer whose office is in Huntington to be included in this prestigious “Top 10” list.

Their listings can be found at www.superlawyers.com.  To be named a West Virginia Super Lawyer, a candidate must pass a stringent screening process that includes peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review, and independent research on candidates.  Michael Farrell is included under the practice area of Business Litigation; Joseph Farrell, Jr. and Tamela White are included in the Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Defense practice area; and Erik Legg is included in the Products Personal Injury Defense practice area.

Mike is the founding and managing member of the Firm.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding Tier 1 litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.

Joe has been in practice since 1980 and he has represented clients in jury trials throughout West Virginia. The major focus of his practice is the defense of health care providers in litigation. Joe also provides representation in litigation matters involving employment, discrimination, personal injury, workplace injury and criminal defense. He has lectured at legal seminars on a number of topics including medical malpractice and litigation techniques. Joe has served two terms on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, three terms on the Cabell County Board of Education and is the former President of the Cabell County Bar. He is admitted to practice in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Tammy is a senior litigator in the firm’s medical malpractice and product liability litigation sections and she was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had ten years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Erik is a member of the complex litigation team with primary responsibility for pharmaceutical and medical products liability, medical professional malpractice, workplace exposure and injury litigation, and employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. In that capacity, he has managed thousands of medical device cases and hundreds of pharmaceutical cases.

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters. 


06/17/2013

Michael J. Farrell Listed Among Top Ten Attorneys West Virginia Super Lawyers

Michael J. Farrell was recognized in the 2013 West Virginia Super Lawyers annual publication as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the state.   His listings can be found at www.superlawyers.com.  This is Mike’s seventh consecutive year of being selected to the prestigious list and his second in the Top Ten.  Recognition in the publication involves a stringent nomination and screening process of candidates.

Mike is the founding and managing member of Farrell, White & Legg PLLC.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding Tier 1 litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.


06/10/2013

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC Attorneys Announced in Chambers and Partners

Three partners at Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC have been recognized in the Chambers and Partners USA.

Michael J. Farrell, Tamela J. White and Erik W. Legg were recognized in Chambers and Partners 2013. Michael J. Farrell was ranked in Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1). Tamela J. White was ranked in Litigation: Healthcare (Band 2). Erik W. Legg was ranked in Litigation: General Commercial (Up and Coming).  Band 1 is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve.

Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Their team of researchers conducts thousands of interviews worldwide with lawyers and their clients to determine who should be listed as outstanding practitioners around the world based on those who performs best according to the criteria most valued by clients – technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money. For more information please visit www.chambersandpartners.com .

Mike is the founding and managing member of the Firm.  He is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, lecturer, bar and educational leader.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as an outstanding litigator.  His current practice concentrates on complex litigation involving products liability, mass torts, commercial and employment litigation.

Tammy is a senior litigator in the firm’s medical malpractice and product liability litigation sections and she was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel.  With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, she had ten years of experience as a critical care and oncology nurse and hospital administrator before her distinguished legal career.   In 2011, Tammy completed a Masters in Public Health from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Erik is a member of the complex litigation team with primary responsibility for pharmaceutical and medical products liability, medical professional malpractice, workplace exposure and injury litigation, and employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims.  In that capacity, he has managed thousands of medical device cases and hundreds of pharmaceutical cases. Erik is also Section Chief for the newly establish Family Law Practice.

Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC provides a cadre of experienced trial lawyers who have the skill and creativity demanded to aggressively and successfully operate in the difficult litigation venues it serves in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  FWL has ascended to the top rank of litigation firms in the region because its lawyers embrace the challenge of providing big firm quality at affordable rates.  FWL has earned its reputation by successfully handling difficult and high risk cases as well as a variety of mass litigation matters.


02/18/2013

Samantha Thomas-Bush Appointed Young Lawyers' Committee Vice Chair

Samantha Thomas-Bush will serve as the Vice Chair for the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV) in 2013. The Young Lawyers’ Committee hosts an annual Continuing Legal Education seminar each year that focuses on developing a particular skill set for young lawyers, facilitates young lawyer contributions to the DTCWV’s publications, and coordinates other professional opportunities for its members.


02/08/2013

Erik Legg Participates in Interview Skills Presentation for WVU Law Students

Erik Legg was a panelist at a presentation for first year law students at the West Virginia University College of Law on February 4, 2013. The program, sponsored by the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, focused on preparing students for the interview process for summer clerkships.  


01/30/2013

Joseph Farrell, Jr. Scheduled to Present at WVCLE Litigation Seminar

Joseph Farrell, Jr. is scheduled to present a seminar at the 2013 WVCLE Litigation Seminar. He will present “Litigating the Pro Bono Case”at 8:30a.m.Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Canaan Valley Ski Resort.


01/16/2013

Erik Legg and Alex Turner attend Business Court Seminar

Erik Legg and Alex Turner attended the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s January, 2013 Business Court Seminar. The seminar focused on the newly formed West Virginia Business Court and how it will change the landscape for commercial litigation in West Virginia.


01/02/2013

Erik Legg Teaches Business Law Course at Marshall University

Erik Legg is teaching a course as a adjunct professor at Marshall University for the 2013 spring semester. The undergraduate course is Legal Environment of Business. The course will explain the nature of law and the judicial system as well as the relationship of law, government, ethics and the consumer to business enterprise. It will include the study of contracts, law of sales, tort, and the government regulation of business, environmental and consumer protection.