HUNTINGTON -- Attorney John F. Cyrus of the Huntington law firm of Cyrus and Adkins has been selected as Best Lawyer of the Year 2013 for Mediation in the Charleston area.

Selection to the Best Lawyers list is quite a distinction, as the publication is circulated in almost 70 countries. More than 17 million readers will read the Best Lawyers lists from other city and regional publications.

Only a single attorney is recognized as such for each practice area in each community.

Best Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 135 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using exhaustive peer-review surveys. Selections are based off of more than 3.9 million attorney evaluations of their professional peers.

"Lawyers of the Year" are chosen based on particularly high ratings received during the yearly Best Lawyers peer-review surveys. These surveys are completed by and about attorneys practicing in the same areas of law and/or geographical region. This year's honors are based on more than 4.4 million evaluations. More information on can be found at

Cyrus has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He graduated with honors from Marshall University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. After serving as a captain in the United States Army (1973–1976), he received his Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1981, where he graduated fourth in his 126-member class.

Cyrus is a successful and experienced trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury/wrongful death, nursing home and medical malpractice, insurance law and general litigation, and criminal defense. Additionally, he has been called upon by both plaintiff and defense counsel to mediate and/or arbitrate hundreds of civil cases throughout the State.

He has also served as special commissioner in several cases upon appointment by various circuit judges. During his more than 26 years of practice, Cyrus has successfully argued numerous cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Cyrus is a member of the Cabell County Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar, the West Virginia Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).

He was president of the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners in 2006–2007, and he has been chairman and a member of the Board of Directors for West Virginia Public Defender Corporation for the 6th and 24th Judicial Circuits.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the author of "The Distribution of Marital Real Property Upon Divorce in West Virginia," "The Need for Legislative Reform," and co-author of "Sample Special Interrogatory Forms," published in West Virginia Law Review.

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