Bragg and Hatfield v. United States - Fourth Circuit Opinion

Ultimately obtained settlement from the United States government over inspection practices at the Aracoma Coal Alma # 1 Mine

on behalf of two women widowed by a coal mine fire that occurred in January 2006.  Link

Bragg and Hatfield v. United States - West Virginia Supreme Court Opinion

741 S.E.2d 90, 230 W.Va. 532

Successfully obtained a 5-0 Opinion from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals that negligent performance  

by an inspector can result in liability to those work where inadequate safety inspections are conducted.  Link

Caperton v. Massey  - US Supreme Court Opinion

129 S. Ct. 2252, 173 L. Ed. 2d 1208 (2009)

Counsel for Hugh M. Caperton in his landmark appeal to the Supreme Court

of the United States regarding judicial recusal and campaign spending.  Link

CWVE v. Bayer CropScience  - Fourth Circuit Opinion

645 F.3d 267 (4th Circ. 2011)

Won the appeal of two separate federal district court orders

affirming a large arbitration award in favor of our client.  Link

Significant Court Opinions

Mine Safety

Precedent-setting cases against Massey Energy, CEO Don Blankenship and MSHA

Train Derailments

Multi-million dollar federal jury trial verdict against a national railroad 

Toxic Torts​

Mass litigation over coal slurry contamination of water supplies

Product Liability

Safety equipment, toxic product exposures

Representative Cases

Commercial Lease Disputes

Cases involving right-of-way disputes, commercial business leases, etc.

Supply Contract Disputes

Successful arbitrations of coal supply agreement disputes


Multiple arbitration awards and trial verdicts

Business Torts

Multi-million dollar verdicts for fraud and tortious interference