MORGANTOWN – Tiffany R. Durst of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC said her recognition as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2018 is a credit to hard work as well as support from her family and co-workers.
“To get to this point, it has taken a lot of hard work and many late nights,” Durst told The West Virginia Record. “I also wouldn’t be here without the support of my husband (who puts up with those late nights) or the wonderful employees and staff of our office.”
Tiffany R. Durst | Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC
Durst said the award, which is bestowed by invitation from Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, puts her in elite company.
“Being selected to this listing is quite an honor, especially when one looks at the other West Virginia attorneys on the list,” Durst said. “They are all well-respected and highly qualified, so to be included on a listing with them is quite an honor.”
Durst also took pride in the professional achievement.
“I certainly think being included in this listing with the esteemed lawyers on the list can do nothing but help my career,” she said.
Durst received a degree in sociology and anthropology from West Virginia University and earned her juris doctor degree from WVU College of Law.
Following graduation from law school, Durst said she worked at a law firm in Clarksburg for more than 10 years. She left that firm to begin her employment with Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe in its Morgantown office as a member and has held that position since March 2008.
Durst said she is “not quite sure” what made her want to become a lawyer, but she said “I do know that from the time I was in elementary school, the only job I ever wanted to have was being a lawyer.”
According to a release from Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, “to be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2 million in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2 million at stake” in order to be considered for the yearly award.
“Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state,” the release said.
The organization then recognizes the “top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state”, its press release stated.
“With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor – truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community,” the release said.
Durst “is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, in both the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court,” according to her profile on the Pullin website.
She and her husband, James, live in Blacksville.