CHARLESTON -– Dinsmore & Shohl is pleased to announce three attorneys who recently were appointed partners in the firm's Charleston office: Staci Criswell, Brian Moore, and J.E. White.

Criswell assists individual and institutional clients in the areas of estate planning, from basic wills and trusts to more complicated planning such as GRATs, ILITs, special needs trusts, family foundations, and family limited partnerships. She also assists clients with trust and estate administration, charitable giving, asset protection planning, and business succession planning. She has developed an extensive practice in trust and estate litigation, including will contests, will construction actions, and fiduciary litigation.

Criswell has a broad range of experience in advising institutional fiduciaries and is frequently called upon to create and advise tax-exempt organizations. She is also active in the community, serving as a member of the Charleston Estate Planning Council, the Secretary of the Kanawha County Bar Association, and a member of the West Virginia State Bar's Probate Committee and State and Federal Taxation Committee. Also, in November, former Gov. Joe Manchin appointed her to the West Virginia Children with Autism Trust Board. In 2010, she was named a Rising Star by Law & Politics Media. She earned her J.D. and B.A. from West Virginia University.

Moore focuses his practice on labor and employment law and has extensive experience representing employers in discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, unemployment, unfair labor practice, and union representation cases. He also works with human resources managers in drafting and reviewing employee handbooks and conducting supervisor training. He is a frequent speaker and has published many articles, including several dealing with technology issues in the workplace. He is a Past Chair of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia's Employment Law Committee and has been named a Rising Star by Law & Politics Media.

Moore is also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Reading Center and the Advisory Board for the Problem Gamblers' Help Network of West Virginia. In addition, he will serve as Director of Generation Putnam in 2011, a young professionals' group dedicated to networking, professional development, and community service. He earned his J.D. and B.S.B.A. from West Virginia University.

White has a broad-based business and tax background. His practice focuses on assisting individual and business clients and includes all aspects of estate planning including more complicated planning such as GRATs, QPRTs, IDGTs, ILITs, special needs trusts, family foundations and family limited partnerships.

White also has extensive experience in estate administration, estate litigation, federal and state taxation, business formation and succession planning, commercial and real estate transactions, and social security/medicaid matters pertaining to first-party special needs trusts. He serves on several committees and professional organizations throughout West Virginia including the West Virginia State Bar's Probate Committee and State and Federal Taxation Committee, Charleston Estate Planning Council, Charleston Area Tax Group, and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Tax Committee.

White earned his LL.M. in taxation from New York University, his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, and his B.B.A. from Baylor University.

Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of more than 450 attorneys practicing in 10 offices throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more than a century, Dinsmore & Shohl has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses, as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals.

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