CHARLESTON – West Virginia law firm Kay Casto & Chaney has elected Teresa Dumire to its management committee.

“I am honored that my partners have entrusted me with this important role,” Dumire told The West Virginia Record. “I am beyond blessed to practice law at Kay Casto & Chaney with excellent attorneys who are also great friends. Kay Casto & Chaney really is a family-first environment and we are supportive of each other in both our professional and our personal lives. So, I look at my service on the management committee as an opportunity to support my firm family and I am excited to take on the challenge.”

Dumire joined the firm in 2001, and since 2013 has been managing its Morgantown office, so she notes she’s already had some exposure to administration of the firm in that role. There will be some changes, though. 

“Joining the management committee will mean that my administrative involvement will increase from office-specific issues to firm-wide issues. I am a very busy litigator, so the addition of firm-wide management duties will mean that I will be even busier,” she said.

And of course, work isn’t all that keeps her busy. 

“I also have a husband of nearly 22 years and an adorable 17-month-old daughter, so these additional duties will mean that I have to be highly organized and efficient so that I can have appropriate time to spend with my family while also meeting my clients’ and firm’s needs.”

Dumire joins colleagues Craig Kay and Jon Nicol on the management committee, both of whom have several years of experience in their roles. And, she notes, “my predecessor on the committee, Mike Chaney, has been a backbone of our firm for as long as any of us can remember and he has agreed to remain on the management committee in an informal capacity to assist us in transitioning to a time where he is not on the management committee.”

The committee is made up of three of the firm’s equity members, each serving three-year terms.

“The three members have staggered terms so that only one position on the committee is elected each year,” explained Dumire. “All equity members vote to decide the member who will serve on the management committee for the next three years.”

Dumire earned her JD from West Virginia University in May 1999. Since then, she has worked as a circuit judge law clerk and an adjunct professor with WVU. Dumire has remained on the Best Lawyers in America list since 2011, along with being named a West Virginia Super Lawyer since 2008. She has also earned an A-V rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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