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HON. ROBERT A. BURNSIDE JR. is a Circuit Court Judge in the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Raleigh County.
DREW M. CAPUDER a partner in Capuder Fantasia PLLC, and of counsel to Manchin Injury Law Group PLLC, both in Fairmont, focuses on employment litigation and consulting, mediation, business litigation and consulting, and representing medical professionals in licensing board issues and litigation. He has completed both the basic and advanced courses in mediation skills conducted by the West Virginia State Bar. Mr. Capuder is the author of Drew Capuder’s Employment Law Blog. He was an adjunct faculty member at Fairmont State University teaching legal and ethical issues in media. Mr. Capuder has been a guest many times on the Wednesday morning law talk program in the series Ask the Experts on radio station WAJR, and was interviewed by WBOY Television about the lawsuit WVU filed against Coach Rodriguez. He is a member of The West Virginia State Bar, the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Bar of the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the bars of the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of West Virginia, the Marion County Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association (past president), and formerly of the State Bar of Texas, and formerly of the Bar of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and formerly of the bars of the United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, and Western districts of Texas. Mr. Capuder is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Law committees of The West Virginia State Bar. He received his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now named the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
JESSICA H. DONAHUE RHODES is lawyer disciplinary counsel with The West Virginia State Bar, Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Charleston, West Virginia, and has held this position since 2009. Ms. Rhodes is currently admitted to practice law in West Virginia, the Southern and Northern districts of West Virginia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, and American Inns of Court. Ms. Rhodes graduated with her B.A. degree from Marshall University and earned her J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law.
NATALIE C. SCHAEFER is a member with Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC. She has focused primarily on defense litigation, including catastrophic loss and wrongful death; as well as the defense of national manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of consumer products involved in construction, mining and industrial accidents. Ms. Schaefer has also defended energy clients in accident investigation and litigation, as well as defense of companies in suit under the workers' compensation immunity exception ("deliberate intention exception"), among others. She is admitted to practice in West Virginia, and before the U.S. District Court Northern and Southern districts of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Schaefer is a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, the Defense Research Institute, and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. She earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the West Virginia University; and her J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, from the West Virginia University College of Law.
GREGORY H. SCHILLACE is the founder of the Schillace Law Office. His practice focuses on consumer law, civil and insurance litigation, trial practice, insurance liability and coverage defense, personal injury, truck and automobile accidents and injuries, nursing home abuse and neglect, slip and fall, professional negligence and malpractice, and wrongful death. Mr. Schillace is admitted to practice in West Virginia and is a member of the American and Harrison County bar associations, and The West Virginia State Bar, as well as the Defense Research Institute, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He earned his B.S.B.A. and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University.
CLINTON W. SMITH is an attorney in Charleston where he practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, and domestic relations. He is a former adjunct professor at West Virginia State College teaching criminal law and has lectured to legal professionals on trial related topics. Mr. Smith earned his B.S. degree from the West Virginia University and his J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.
ARIE M. SPITZ is a member of the litigation department of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He has successfully tried cases on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs on claims including breach of contract, negligence, products liability, and medical malpractice. Mr. Spitz has successfully represented employers in a wide variety of matters, including claims of deliberate intent, sexual harassment, ERISA benefits coverage, and retaliation claims under the West Virginia Patient Safety Act. His diverse experience, both in terms of the types of cases he handles, as well as the clients that he assists, gives him unique insight when it comes to litigating and trying cases. Mr. Spitz has practiced before West Virginia’s federal and state trial courts, as well as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Penn State.
HON. JOANNA I. TABIT is a Circuit Court Judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Kanawha County.