Karen McElhinny

Karen McElhinny


Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC

Recognized since 2017

Charleston, West Virginia

Practice Areas

Litigation - Health Care

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Health Care Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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I defend and advise health care providers, public entities, and businesses. I help my clients through the litigation process by providing aggressive representation and sound advice. I also help clients avoid litigation through proactive risk management and improved communication skills. My special areas of interest include: the defense of ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals; the defense of emergency department physicians; the defense of architects and engineers; the defense of medical malpractice claims; the defense of cities, towns, counties, state agencies, and private employers in a wide-range of litigation including personal injury, excessive force, constitutional claims, and labor and employment disputes.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 1411 Virginia Street East, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 3953
    Charleston, WV 25339

Education

  • Washington & Lee University, Juris Doctor, graduated 1994
  • University of Virginia, BA, graduated 1994

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1997

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia - Member

Court Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 2007

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Health Care Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Health Care, Charleston, WV (2022)
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Charleston, WV (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Awards:

  • AV Preeminent - the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards
  • Best Lawyers in America Litigation - Healthcare
  • Top 1% of America's Most Honored Professionals

Hurlbert v. Matkovich, 233 W.Va. 583, 760 S.E.2d 152 (2014)

Reported case

Pope Properties v. Robinson, 230 W.Va. 382, 738 S.E.2d 546 (2013)

Reported case

Standard Distributing v. City of Charleston, 218 W.Va. 543, 625 S.E.2d 305 (2005)

Reported case

Cooper v. City of Charleston, 218 W.Va. 279, 624 S.E.2d 716 (2005)

Reported case

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