Chuck Steele is a Harrison County native with 30 years of experience in the realms of personal injury/wrongful death, construction, product defect, insurance claims, and catastrophic industrial accidents. He has also litigated cases involving medical malpractice, aviation disasters, employment disputes, toxic torts, and contractual breaches. Chuck secured his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the West Virginia University College of Law and was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1994. He is admitted in all courts, state and federal, in West Virginia. He also successfully passed the bar examinations offered by the states of North Carolina and South Carolina in 1992. After graduation, he began his law career as an attorney with Cozen O’Connor in Charlotte, North Carolina where he litigated cases involving structural failures, fires, and building defects. Chuck has tried to jury verdict over 70 cases in courtrooms throughout West Virginia. He has been recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for 10 straight years which places him in the top 5% of attorneys in the state with that distinction. Chuck is a trained mediator in the state of West Virginia and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He routinely lectures through West Virginia State Bar courses in the field of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Chuck is currently a member of the Office of Disciplinary Council for the State Bar serving on its Hearing Committee.
Andy was born and reared in Harrison County and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from West Virginia University in 1989. Andy holds two law degrees, namely, his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law which was earned in 1992 and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Emory University School of Law which was earned in 1993. Andy was admitted to the West Virginia Bar in 1992; the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of WV in 1993; the United States Tax Court in 1994; and the US Supreme Court in 2014. Andy’s law practice has included criminal defense, civil litigation (both Plaintiff and Defendant), family litigation, municipal representation, business representation, contracts, tax, elder law, estate planning, estate and trust administration, adoptions, abuse and neglect of children, real estate related matters and civil and domestic mediation. Andy has also served as a member of the Harrison County Bar Board of Directors, the Harrison County Court Advisory Council, and the former North Central West Virginia Estate Planning Council. Andy has also been involved heavily in his community having served as the past President and Board member of the Clarksburg Rotary Club and the past President and Board member of the Clarksburg Columbian Club. Andy has also served for many years as a board member Kappa Sigma Pi of West Virginia, Inc. and Northern Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc. in their efforts for the youth of our state. Andy served in a judicial capacity as a Harrison County Mental Hygiene Commissioner for 20 years and in that role presided over thousands of cases. Andy has received the top AV peer review rating for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by the West Virginia Bar Foundation as a Foundation Fellow for his outstanding dedication to the welfare of his community and honorable service to the legal profession. In February, 2020, Andy was also recognized as the “Best Attorney in Harrison County” by the Exponent Telegram’s “The Best of Harrison County 2020″ awards program.
Tom is a lifetime Harrison County native with a extensive knowledge of personal injury, construction, mediation, and numerous other civil matters. Tom graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Law Review. Tom was admitted to the West Virginia Bar in 1988 and has focused virtually the entirety of his career on trial work and other matters involving dispute resolution. He has tried nearly 100 civil trials to verdict during the course of his career. He has also completed basic and advanced mediation training, and has vast experience mediating a wide range of legal matters throughout West Virginia. He is highly sought after for his conflict resolution skills, and seeks to focus his future practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration. He has served as a frequent lecturer for the West Virginia State Bar in order to train others in the most effective mediation methods and techniques.
Lisa is our office/business manager hailing from Doddridge County, West Virginia. Lisa has decades of experience in accounting along with knowledge in civil actions and also assists in the Business/Trusts/Estate Practice of the firm.
Jody is a paralegal/legal assistant hailing from Grafton, West Virginia. Jody has 29 years of experience in assisting legal professionals. Jody brings a comfort level to clients which is invaluable to Steele McMunn.