CHARLESTON -- Shuman, McCuskey and Slicer has announce its newest member, Brian J. Warner, and its two newest jurist members, Christopher D. Negley and Natalie C. Schaefer.
Warner joined the firm in June 2009. Warner's primary areas of practice are general litigation and mine safety and health law. He has successfully represented numerous coal operators in disputes with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training.
Warner also frequently represents employers in deliberate intent matters in courts throughout West Virginia. He is experienced in all aspects of general defense litigation from preparation of discovery to trial; advising employers as to their obligations under federal and state regulations, policies, and procedures; representing companies, officers, and supervisors in defense of charges of violations, penalties, and investigations by government agencies; and counseling clients on preventive measures and effective procedures for ensuring compliance and avoiding violations.
Negley joined the firm in 2005 after practicing law with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General. He practices mainly in the areas of workers' compensation, deliberate intent, municipal law and regulatory law issues. He serves as general counsel to public agencies and town attorney to local municipalities. He also speaks regularly on workers' compensation and deliberate intent issues.
Negley graduated from the West Virginia University School of Law in 1992. He had previously obtained a Bachelor in the Science of Journalism from West Virginia University in 1988.
Schaefer joined the firm in 2010. Schaefer represents companies and government agencies in cases involving catastrophic loss, wrongful death, and employment litigation. She also practices energy litigation in cases involving accident investigation and safety compliance.
An Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers graduate of the West Virginia College of Law, she was the 2002 Lugar Trial Association Invitational Competition winner and also served as Executive Board Member for the West Virginia University Law Review.
With offices located in Charleston and Morgantown and with lawyers also licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia, Shuman, McCuskey and Slicer provides effective legal representation in state and federal courts across West Virginia, in surrounding states, and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Martindale-Hubble Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers lists the firm as one of the nation's most distinguished law practices and has recognized the firm as having achieved the highest level of professional skill and integrity. The law firm represents clients in a broad range of legal matters, including insurance defense, professional liability defense, nursing home litigation, product liability/personal injury litigation, state and municipal governmental liability, administrative/regulatory law, labor/employment law, environmental and natural resources law, health care law, estate planning, complex litigation, construction law, and debtor/creditor litigation.