MARTINSBURG - E. Kay Fuller, a shareholder in the law firm of Martin & Seibert, L.C. and Director of the firm’s Litigation Department has been named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and Workers' Compensation Law – Employers.
Defending business clients in a hostile jurisdiction is the hallmark of Fuller's practice. Since joining Martin & Seibert, L.C. in 1990, Fuller has concentrated her practice on the defense of insurers in coverage and extra-contractual litigation through trial and appeal. Fuller has successfully tried a number of "bad faith" cases in Virginia and West Virginia and also provides coverage defense.
She is presently involved in litigating issues of first impression ranging from privacy rights to discovery of attorney-client privileged materials in claim files. She regularly defends institutional attacks against insurance carriers wherein punitive damages are sought and provides risk management and litigation strategies to clients to defeat such broad-based attacks. Fuller provides counsel to insurers on a regional and national level.
Fuller has authored and lectured extensively before local, regional and home offices of insurance carriers, agents and practitioners in the area of insurance, "bad faith" and discovery, as well as application of the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act. She has also been recognized as an expert witness in the field of insurance "bad faith."
Fuller is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in West Virginia and Virginia as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. She was awarded membership in the Order of Barristers while attending the West Virginia University College of Law and has been repeatedly recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the fields of civil litigation defense and appellate advocacy in West Virginia. She has also been recognized as an outstanding appellate lawyer by Corporate Counsel magazine. She has also been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America.
The firm, with offices in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, focuses its practice on litigation and business matters. The firm has been involved in numerous class actions and mass tort claims and members of Martin & Seibert, L.C. are frequent lecturers at national conferences and business summits. The firm, most recently recognized by “Best Lawyers in America”® has this year had its members identified as Super Lawyers® and the firm has again been named a “Go-To Law Firm for In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies for 2012.”
The firm has attorneys who are licensed to practice law in many states and the firm accepts clients in litigation and business matters primarily in the states of Maryland and West Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The firm consults and specially appears in cases of national significance. Martin & Seibert, L.C. has received numerous national recognitions this year and is proud of the accomplishments of its members.