Tamela J. White
Tammy is a Member and one of the founding attorneys of the Firm. A premier trial lawyer, she was the first female trial lawyer from West Virginia to be elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel. She has been recognized by Chambers USA as an outstanding litigator.
With a nursing degree from The Ohio State University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, 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 of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. This achievement will substantially enhance her role as an accomplished advocate for clients in the public health industry.
She applies her advanced epidemiology, biostatistics and health care education and experience in her product liability, medical device, pharmaceutical and toxic tort work. She has been and is a leader in designing successful defense strategies in matters involving complex scientific, engineering and medical subjects so that Courts and juries may process and understand complex matters. She has extensive experience and expertise in heavy machinery design and ergonomics applications in the mining industry, serving as the person responsible on the Firm’s defense team in expert witness development in those matters. Tammy's wealth of experience in the healthcare and product liability arenas makes her an ideal team leader in these subjects on a state, regional and national level.
One of Tammy's many strengths is the design and execution of causation defenses and the recruitment of supportive expert witnesses. As Practice Leader for the Firm's Health Care practice, she has been instrumental in educating the West Virginia and Kentucky judiciary, as well as her fellow lawyers, about the intricacies of the HIPAA Privacy Standards and their role in civil and criminal law. In recent years, she has expanded her litigation services to Health Care Fraud and Abuse claims. Physicians request her services frequently because of her capacity to understand the practice of medicine in both the hospital and office settings. She has the demonstrated ability to handle a diversity of health care issues.
Because her clients respect her abilities and common sense approach to their businesses, she is asked to provide legal advice in diverse areas. Consequently, her practice also includes employment and workers' compensation law.