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Appellate Decisions

Appellate Decisions

Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has consistently been at the forefront in advancing and developing the laws that protect and compensate injured individuals. Many of our cases have shaped the laws of the West Virginia. Our attorneys have served as lead counsel in over 50 published appellate court decisions most of which were before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

In addition, the firm has developed an extensive appellate practice and is often asked to represent clients and protect their interests at the appellate level even though it did not represent them in the underlying claim.

Below is a list of our appellate decisions and some of our other recorded cases:

  • O.J. Mayo v. W. Va. Secondary Schools Activities Com'n., 223 W.Va. 88, 672 S.E.2d 224 (2008).
  • Horkulic v. Galloway, 222 W.Va. 450, 665 S.E.2d 284 (2008).
  • State ex rel. Johnson & Johnson Corp. v. Karl, 220 W.Va. 463, 647 S.E.2d 899 (2007).
  • Estate of Fout-Iser ex rel. Fout-Iser v. Hahn, 220 W.Va. 673, 649 S.E.2d 246 (2007).
  • Mike Webster v. The NFL (Jani v. Bell), 209 Fed. Appx. 305 (4th Cir. 2006).
  • State ex rel. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Gaughan, 220 W.Va. 113, 640 S.E.2d 176 (2006).
  • Arneault v. Arneault, 219 W.Va. 628, 639 S.E.2d 720 (2006).
  • Westfield Ins. Co. v. Paugh, 390 F. Supp.2d 511 (N.D.W.Va. 2005).
  • State ex rel. Wausau Bus. Ins. Co. v. Madden, 216 W.Va. 776, 613 S.E.2d 924 (2005).
  • Hicks ex rel. Saus v. Jones, 217 W. Va. 107, 617 S.E.2d 457 (2005).
  • McMahon v. Advanced Title Services. Co. of W. Va., 216 W.Va. 413, 607 S.E.2d 519 (2004).
  • Arneault v. Arneault, 216 W.Va. 215, 605 S.E.2d 590 (2004).
  • Kocher v. Oxford Life Ins. Co., 216 W.Va. 56, 602 S.E.2d 499 (2004).
  • State ex rel. Cities of Charleston, Huntington and Its Counties of Ohio and Kanawha v. W. Va. Econ. Dev. Auth., 214 W.Va. 277, 588 S.E.2d 655 (2003).
  • Estate of Postlewait ex rel. Postlewait v. Ohio Valley Med. Ctr., Inc., 214 W.Va. 668, 591 S.E.2d 226 (2003).
  • State ex rel. Brooks v. Zakaib, 214 W.Va. 253, 588 S.E.2d 418 (2003).
  • State ex rel. Med. Assurance v. Recht, 213 W.Va. 457, 583 S.E.2d 80 (2003).
  • Bd. of Trs. of Police Pension v. Carenbauer, 211 W.Va. 602, 567 S.E.2d 612 (2002).
  • State ex rel. McLaughlin v. W.Va. Ct. Cl., 209 W.Va. 412, 549 S.E.2d 286 (2001).
  • Verba v. Ghaphery, 210 W.Va. 30, 552 S.E.2d 406 (2001).
  • Verba v. Ghaphery, 209 W.Va. 66, 543 S.E.2d 347 (2000).
  • Zelenka v. City of Weirton, 208 W.Va. 243, 539 S.E.2d 750 (2000).
  • Kidwiler v. Progressive Ins. Co., 192 F.R.D. 536 (N.D.W.Va. 2000).
  • Lawyer Disciplinary Bd. v. Artimez, 208 W.Va. 288, 540 S.E.2d 156 (2000).
  • State ex rel. State Auto Ins. Co. v. Risovich, 204 W.Va. 87, 511 S.E.2d 498 (1998).
  • State ex rel. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Gaughan, 203 W.Va. 358, 508 S.E.2d 75 (1998).
  • State ex rel. Erie Fire Ins. Co. v. Madden, 204 W.Va. 606, 515 S.E.2d 351 (1998).
  • State ex rel. W.Va. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Karl, 202 W.Va. 471, 505 S.E.2d 210 (1998).
  • State ex rel. W. Va. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Karl, 199 W.Va. 678, 487 S.E.2d 330 (1997).
  • Witt v. Sleeth, 198 W.Va. 398, 481 S.E.2d 189 (1996).
  • Auber v. Jellen, 196 W.Va. 168, 469 S.E.2d 104 (1996).
  • DeRocchis v. Matlack, Inc., 194 W.Va. 417, 460 S.E.2d 663 (1995).
  • Boyle v. Boyle, 194 W.Va. 124, 459 S.E.2d 401 (1995).
  • State ex rel. Motorists v. Broadwater, 192 W.Va. 608, 453 S.E.2d 591 (1994).
  • State ex rel. W.Va. Dept. of Transp., Highways Div. v. Madden,192 W.Va. 497, 453 S.E.2d 331 (1994).
  • Marshall v. Saseen, 192 W.Va. 94, 450 S.E.2d 791 (1994).
  • State ex rel. Allstate v. Karl, 190 W.Va. 176, 437 S.E.2d 749 (1993).
  • Lufft v. Lufft, 188 W.Va. 339, 424 S.E.2d 266 (1992).
  • United States v. Dobkin, 188 W.Va. 209, 423 S.E.2d 612 (1992).
  • O'Mara Enterprises v. Peoples Bank of Weirton, 187 W.Va. 591, 420 S.E.2d 727 (1992).
  • Rine By and Through Rine v. Irisari, 187 W.Va. 550, 420 S.E.2d 541 (1992).
  • White v. Berryman, 187 W.Va. 323, 418 S.E.2d 917 (1992).
  • Kittle v. Icard, 185 W.Va. 126, 405 S.E.2d 456 (1991).
  • State ex rel. Sutton v. Spillers, 181 W.Va. 376, 382 S.E.2d 570 (1989).
  • Watson v. Pietranton, 178 W.Va. 799, 364 S.E.2d 812 (1987).
  • Jones v. Motorists Mut. Ins. Co., 177 W.Va. 763, 356 S.E.2d 634 (1987).
  • State ex rel. Levitt v. Bordenkircher, 176 W.Va. 162, 342 S.E.2d 127 (1986).
  • State ex rel. Ginsberg v. Naum, 173 W.Va. 510, 318 S.E.2d 454 (1984).
  • State v. Green, 172 W.Va. 727, 310 S.E.2d 488 (1983).
  • State v. Beck, 167 W.Va. 830, 286 S.E.2d 234 (1981).
  • State v. Van Isler, 168 W.Va. 185, 283 S.E.2d 836 (1981).

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