CHARLESTON – A Charleston-based personal-injury attorney has been nominated as one
of 2016's Legal Leaders.
Charles “Rusty” Webb has been
as a Legal Leader for the year 2016 in The
American Lawyer, The National Law Journal
“Of course it's a privilege and an honor to be named as a Legal
Leader,” Webb told The West Virginia Record. “I am very
grateful for the award.”
For the past 25 years, Webb has worked
as a West Virginia-based attorney and politician. His career began
in 1987, when he received a doctor of juris prudence from the West
Virginia University College of Law.
“Initially, I got into the law
because I thought it was an appropriate pathway into politics,”
Webb said. “I thought that being a lawyer would be the best avenue
for getting into politics.”
His next step was to work in the law
firm of Goodwin and Goodwin; there he developed a background
practicing corporate and insurance defense law, and where he
specialized in the area of class-action asbestos defense litigation.
Several years later he joined the law firm of Pepper and Nason,
where he worked primarily in the areas of divorce and family law,
personal injury and criminal defense law.
In 1996, his political ambitions bore
fruit, that was when he was elected to the West Virginia House of
Delegates and where he would go on to serve for four terms. Recently
he was appointed to the Charleston City council and he said he is
still debating whether to run for his current seat again.
He founded his own legal firm, Webb
Law Firm PLLC, slightly over a decade ago. There he practices a wide
range of law including family and divorce, personal injury,
accidents, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, serious
medical malpractice, product liability, prescription drug recall, and
nursing home abuse and neglect.
“I am now doing many mass tort
class actions,” Webb said. "And I am at my proudest when large groups of the public put their trust into me to represent them
against entities, such as powerful corporations, that are larger than
all of us combined.”
In the 25 years of his legal career, has
successfully presented a number of petitions for appeal to the
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on a wide variety of
issues, including breach of trust, criminal defense, child custody
modification, spousal support and distribution of marital assets.
Over the course of his career, Webb said
he has seen the legal environment in West Virginia become increasingly
hostile to tort law.
“Citizens are being denied access to the
state's courthouses through legislation on the state and federal
level," he said. “The state legislature is very active in what it
calls 'tort reform' and what I call the regression of the people's
ability to use their courts.”
Webb said that when he thinks about the
future he is looking forward to spending his retirement years
building a nonprofit organization designed to provide support for
underprivileged and foster children and to help them get an education
and go to college.