Monté L. Williams
Member (Team Leader)
(304) 598-8142
Office:
Morgantown, WV
Michael D. Mullins
Member (Team Leader)
(304) 353-8157
Office:
Charleston, WV

Insurance Litigation

About

Steptoe & Johnson’s General Litigation Group lawyers offer decades of experience successfully representing clients in government liability, civil rights, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, contract disputes, medical liability, administrative hearings, trials and appeals.  The Group’s success is the byproduct of a strong firm work ethic and a commitment to outstanding client services that exceed expectations. Simply put, members of this Group have trial experience, but just as importantly the patience and understanding to appreciate that trial may not be the best solution for our clients.  Instead of a one size fits all approach, Steptoe & Johnson will tailor its representation to the needs of the client, before or during the life of a matter.

The focus is always to achieve the best possible outcome in the most efficient manner for the client, and within any applicable litigation guidelines.  We make it a priority to work closely with our clients to seek a cost-effective, early resolution of each case, keeping in mind both the high cost of litigation and the risk of encouraging additional lawsuits by settling cases that should be tried.  By doing so, Steptoe & Johnson has developed a reputation for providing clients with sensible advice and guidance. This reputation, along with our willingness to take cases to trial, allows our attorneys to provide clients with exemplary service.

How We Have Helped

  • Representing local government, city, county, and state political subdivision entities in general liability, impeachment proceedings, and open government act cases
  • Defending political subdivisions, boards of education, boards of medicine, and non-profit boards in claims including premises liablility, personal injury and civil rights litigation
  • Representing city, county and state police departments in civil rights cases
  • Defending businesses and individuals in premises liability actions alleging failure to maintain premises and insufficient security measures
  • Conducting investigations
  • Trying numerous jury trials for public and private clients in serious personal injury, product liability, and professional negligence cases
  • Trying numerous jury trials for claims of complete destruction of property resulting from fire and flood of commercial and residential properties
  • Litigating claims involving corporate fraud and embezzling employees
  • Representing banks, corporations and individual defendants in a variety of suits relating to commercial claims, unfair practices, and consumer protection issues
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Handled significant Fair Labor Standards Act litigation
  • Represented public and private clients in state and federal appellate courts
  • Defended city, county, and state police departments in civil rights cases
  • Defended hotels and other businesses in premises liability actions alleging failure to maintain premises and insufficient security measures
  • Conducted investigations and examinations under oath and defended insurers in claims involving suspected arson or fraud
  • Defended West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania resorts in many types of personal injury litigation, including premises liability, dram shop, and recreational accident claims
  • Numerous jury trials for public and private clients in serious personal injury, product liability, and professional negligence cases
  • Jury trial for claims of complete destruction of property resulting from fire to commercial property
  • Litigated claims involving corporate fraud and embezzling employees
  • Represented clients in deliberate intent, premises liability and other personal injury actions
  • Represented insurance companies in both state and federal lawsuits
  • Judicial clerk analysis of applicability of arbitration clause in a multi-defendant deliberate intent case
  • Served as trial counsel for real estate and insurance brokers
  • Represented banks, corporations and individual defendants in a variety of suits relating to commercial claims
  • Represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Jury trials on behalf of both individual and corporate defendants including claims of wrongful death, nursing malpractice and personal injury
  • Defended industry, private citizens and governmental entities in cases involving coal truck, eighteen-wheeler and automobile collisions related to issues of vehicle design, mechanical malfunction, driver error, roadway conditions causing death or serious injury
  • Defended numerous personal injury actions to verdict
  • Defended political subdivisions and boards of education and their employees in personal injury and civil rights litigation
  • Numerous jury trials defending police officers and agencies in state and federal courts
  • Defended insurers in claims for underinsured motorist benefits
  • Represented national insurance companies against bad faith claims
  • Represented clients in premises liability claims
  • Significant litigation experience representing both individual and corporate interests in a wide variety of tort and breach of contract claims
  • Defended national companies from claims of discrimination
  • Drafted numerous summary judgment motions and motions to dismiss for corporate clients and insurance carriers on variety of claims