Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC represents businesses, governmental entities, and professionals in a variety of industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Highlands.

Founding Member David L. Shuman is ranked as West Virginia’s top attorney in the field of medical malpractice defense by Best Lawyers.® Mr. Shuman has defended West Virginia physicians and large physician groups for more than 40 years. Co-founding Member William R. Slicer is a respected and seasoned trial lawyer with extensive experience in representing industries, businesses and individuals who have been sued. Mr. Slicer has achieved an AV Preeminent® rating and client distinction award from Martindale Hubbell.® The firm was also co-founded by AV Rated John McCuskey, former WV Legislator, former West Virginia Commissioner of Finance and Administration, and former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.

Recognized Excellence


Our firm is recognized throughout the region for its talented and innovative attorneys. When you need help navigating your legal needs, Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC will be there for you.


We are honored by Martindale Hubbell’s continuous recognition of this firm as AV Preeminent®. This significant rating accomplishment is a testament to the fact that our peers rank us at the highest level of professional excellence. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.


We have been identified as a Best’s Recommended Insurance Law Firm, illustrating our firm’s commitment to the insurance industry.  Since 1927, the Best’s Directories have been the premiere insurance reference tools for locating client-recommended attorneys and other insurance service providers. This is the leading publication in the insurance defense industry that is used by key decision makers and claims personnel at both insurance companies and non-insurance companies, for professional reference and outsourcing needs.


Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC was designated a Metro Tier 2 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report.  The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and reviews of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers® in that particular practice area and metro. Best Lawyers® is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.


Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC has been recognized by Fortune Magazine and American Lawyer Media as a “Top Ranked Law Firm” for 2015.  The recognition is awarded to a select group of law firms in the United States who have ten or more attorneys, of which 33 percent or more are recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® as “AV Preeminent”-the highest peer review rating available.  The attorneys at Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC recognized as AV Preeminent® are David L. Shuman, John F. McCuskey, William R. Slicer, Dwayne Cyrus, Lou Ann S. Cyrus, Karen T. McElhinny, Natalie C. Schaefer, and Brian Warner.