Laurie C. Barbe
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(304) 598-8113
Office: Morgantown
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Biography

Laurie Barbe represents insurance companies in response to first and third party insurance claims and defends individuals and businesses in claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and property damage. She has also been involved in appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is co-leader of the firm's First Party Team.

Work Experience

1990 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1988-1990 Clerk, The Honorable Robert B. Stone, Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of West Virginia

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Presentation to Young Lawyers on Motion Practice (Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting 2016)

Speaker, “Preparing Your Client for a Deposition” (Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Deposition Boot Camp 2015)

Speaker, "Medicare and Medicaid Changes" (Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Paralegal Seminar 2013)

Speaker, "Fraud Awareness and Investigations" (PLRB Central Regional Adjusters Conference 2011)

Speaker, "Unravel the Insurance Coverage Implications of Mold Claims" (NBI 2005)

Speaker, "Automobile Insurance Fraud" (Erie 2010)

Speaker, "Fire Investigations and Fire Analysis" (State Farm 2008)

Article, “Fraud, Concealment, and Misrepresentation: What Legal Tools and Defenses are Available to Insurers?” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly (Fall 2015)

Article, "Burning Down the House," Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer 2012)

Article, "Additional Items of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Winter, 2010)

Article, "Additional Items of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer, 2009)

Article, "Additional Items of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Spring, 2009)

Article, "Additional Items of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer, 2008)

Article, "Rumor Has It" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Winter, 2007)

Article, "Additional Items of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer, 2007)

Article, "Insurance Adjuster Licensing in West Virginia" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Winter, 2006)

Article, "Protecting Proprietary Business Documents During Discovery" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer, 2006)

Article, "Insurance Cases of Interest" Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Law Update (Summer, 2004)

Key Experience

Provided assistance to insurance companies writing new business in West Virginia to assure their policies are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Prepared coverage opinions and defended insurers in West Virginia state and federal declaratory judgment actions involving claims arising under personal, commercial, excess, and surplus lines policies
Handled numerous investigations and defense of insurers in suspected arson and fraud claims

Memberships & Awards

Professional
2016 President’s Award, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Immediate Past President: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (2013-2014)
Insurance Law Committee: Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
West Virginia State Representative: Defense Research Institute
Insurance Law Committee, SIU/Fraud Committee, Co-Chair Personal Lines Committee, Marketing Committee for 2014 ICP Seminar, and Steering Committee for 2016 ICCI Seminar: Defense Research Institute
West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
Property Loss Research Bureau
West Virginia Association of Insurance Companies
The Best Lawyers in America®
Order of Barristers
Chief Justice, Moot Court Board

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