Shaina L. Richardson


From a young age, Shaina Richardson has been a problem solver and, if you asked her mother, a natural advocate who loved to argue. Through years of federal clerkships and courtroom experience, she has honed those skills to benefit clients facing litigation. Shaina’s comfort level with courtroom procedure is valuable in the development of defense strategies and her ability to think outside of the box and solve problems lends itself well to creative solutions for clients. Shaina’s diverse practice includes defending clients in commercial and general litigation, as well as energy-specific matters involving land and lease disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Represented publicly traded oil and gas company in claims involving royalty disputes
  • Defended publicly traded oil and gas operator in matters related to disputes of ownership, including held by production leases
  • Obtained summary judgment in property damage claim involving alleged wrongful removal of trees
  • Defended large cemetery management company on breach of contract and tort claims
  • Obtained partial summary judgment for mechanic and repair shop in breach of contract and tort action
  • Defended claims alleging statutory “bad faith” and breach of contract
  • Represented insurers in defense of underinsured motorist claims

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude


  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • Order of the Coif
  • Executive Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 116
  • Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 115
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Clinic 2013-2014
  • Dean’s Fellow, WVU College of Law Academic Excellence Program
  • Programming Director, Women’s Energy Network – West Virginia (2023)


  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch,” Appellate Practice 2022
  • CALI Award: Administrative Law; Appellate Advocacy; Business Organizations; Constitutional Law; Evidence; FDA Law; Federal Courts; Federal Income Tax; International Law; Little Red Schoolhouse Seminar; Professional Responsibility

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