CHARLESTON – Morgantown attorney Jane E. Peak has been elected the 2016–2017 president of the West Virginia Association for Justice.
Originally from Hurricane, Peak has practiced with the Morgantown firm of Allan N. Karlin and Associates since graduating from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1996.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to be named president of the West Virginia Association for Justice and represent the lawyers who are members of our association," Peak said in a press release. "Our members promote justice and protect the rights of West Virginia’s consumers, workers and small businesses.
“At the same time, it is also a huge responsibility because that right to trial by jury is threatened by corporate special interests who believe their profits are more important than our constitutional rights. Most West Virginians don’t understand how important that right is until they need it. Educating West Virginians about the importance of that right and what they can do to protect it is critical. They need to act now before it is too late.”
Peak’s practice areas include employment law, medical negligence and workplace and personal injury cases. She is a past president of the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association, and in 2005 was named Practitioner of the Year by the WVU College of Law’s Women’s Law Caucus.
Prior to law school, Peak worked in television for more than 10 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marshall University in Speech Broadcasting. She began her career with two West Virginia stations. She later worked at stations in Fresno, Calif., and Cincinnati. Ohio. It was while she was in Cincinnati that she decided to return to West Virginia and enter law school.
Peak first became active with the West Virginia Association for Justice, then the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, while in law school at WVU.