PERSONNEL FILE: Huddleston Bolen adds four attorneys to firm

By Chris Dickerson | May 1, 2007




HUNTINGTON -- Huddleston Bolen has announced that attorneys Matthew Rawlings, Ashley French, Alicia Deligne and Justin Gilfert have joined the firm.

Rawlings and Deligne will headquarter their practices in the firm's Huntington office, while Ashley French will practice in the firm's Charleston office. Gilfert practices law in the firm's newest location in Louisville, Ky.

Rawlings joined the firm after nearly three years of practice in Charleston as a defense litigator. He currently practices civil litigation, transportation law and class action and mass torts.

A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Rawlings graduated magna cum laude from Shawnee State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He is a 2001 graduate of Abilene Christian University's Graduate School of Theology and a 2004 graduate of Cornell Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Trial Team and recipient of a CALI Award for academic excellence.

Rawlings was admitted to practice in West Virginia State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in 2004, and in the courts of the State of Ohio in 2005. He currently serves as President of the Shawnee State University Alumni Association and is an active member of the University's Development Foundation.

After gaining her law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2002, French began her practice in Charleston in the areas of employment law, premises liability, insurance defense and general civil litigation. A state native, French brings a commendable record of accomplished trial experience to the firm. Most recently, she graduated from the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute.

French is currently admitted to practice in the State of West Virginia as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. She is a member of the West Virginia Defense Trial Council, the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. She also is active in her community through involvement in such organizations as the Charleston Junior League, Bob Burdette Center and the Friends of the Clay Center.

A native of Huntington, Deligne practices in the firm's Huntington office in the transportation, litigation and class action and mass torts practice groups. Her practice is devoted to the defense of complex litigation, mass torts and toxic tort cases.

Deligne graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration degree in Accounting and obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the West Virginia College of Law. While attending the College of Law, she was Executive Research Editor of the West Virginia Law Review and graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif. Deligne is currently admitted to practice in the State of West Virginia as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Gilfert joined the firm's Louisville Office in 2006 after two years of practice in Louisville as a general practitioner in civil litigation. As a litigator, he has experience in products liability defense, transportation defense, medical malpractice defense, business and commercial law, business organization formation and risk management, and bankruptcy litigation. He currently serves as general counsel for a multi-state transportation company, two computer engineering firms, and a wealth investment corporation.

Gilfert earned his B.A. in Government from Centre College, which included studies at the British American School of Regent's College in London. Gilfert earned his J.D.M.A.P.S. Joint Law and Political Science Degree (with distinction) from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law and Graduate School of Political Science.

Gilfert is active in his hometown of Louisville, where he has served as a volunteer for Greater Louisville Inc., the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, and the Old Louisville St. James Court Art Show.

"We have always professed that our strongest asset is our people," said Thomas Gilpin, chair of the firm's management committee. "The addition of attorneys of the caliber of Matt, Ashley, Alicia and Justin is a strong statement for the strength of our team. We are honored to have them join us and each have already made significant contributions to our firm."

Huddleston Bolen has more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices located in Huntington; Charleston; Ashland, Ky.; and Louisville. The firm, founded in 1871, represents clients in many practice groups including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, natural resources, real estate and transportation.

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