CHARLESTON – Nine lawyers from Robinson & McElwee PLLC recently were selected by their peers for inclusion in ThBest Lawyers in America 2015.

The newly released edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2015 recognized these attorneys for their work in West Virginia, and named David L. Yaussy as “Lawyer of the Year” in Environmental Law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Robinson & McElwee was also named a Tier 1 Law Firm in Charleston, West Virginia in four practice areas: Commercial Finance Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Oil and Gas Law.

Additionally, the Robinson & McElwee attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America include:


  • Joseph S. Beeson, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Kent J. George, Commercial Finance Law

  • David K. Higgins, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  • Robert E. Lannan, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental

  • John C. Palmer, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

  • Paul G. Papadopoulos, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law

  • William C. Porth, Energy Law

  • Joseph M. Price, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment

  • David L. Yaussy, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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