Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC is excited to share we have been named one of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" for 2020. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process and are ranked using a tier system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. We have been regionally ranked in 11 practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" including: Tier 1 Construction Law Insurance Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance [...]
CHARLESTON, West Virginia – This year marks the 20th anniversary of Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC. Previously formed as Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC, the firm has amended its name to Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC simply to be less wordy. Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC was founded in 2000 by David L. Shuman, John F. McCuskey, and William R. Slicer. The firm’s name change continues to represent over two decades of hard work, community service, and leadership by its founders, lawyers, and staff. About: Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC is a civil defense litigation law [...]
Within the pages of our 2020 Q2 News Blast, you will find the latest updates on West Virginia case summaries, information regarding the SMS Consulting and General Legal Services team, how COVID-19 has changed the way we practice law, and more!
Russell v. Butcher, et al. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
On July 17, 2020, SMS attorneys Lou Ann Cyrus and Caleb David obtained dismissal of Eighth Amendment claims on behalf of four West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation administrators in Russell v. Butcher, et al. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The plaintiff, an inmate, alleged that he was assaulted by another inmate and that, in a separate incident, excessive force was used against him by correctional officers. The plaintiff’s claims against the administrators were based upon allegations of negligent [...]
On May 12, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia entered an order dismissing a lawsuit against a former correctional officer. The correctional officer was represented by SMS attorneys Lou Ann S. Cyrus and Emily L. Lilly. The order was entered after the correctional officer moved for summary judgment based on the plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies while incarcerated. State and federal law requires that an inmate plaintiff exhaust all available administrative remedies prior to filing a lawsuit related to the [...]
Austin Longnecker Tyler Rittenhouse Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer is excited to welcome our 2020 Summer Associates Austin Longnecker and Tyler L. Rittenhouse. Austin graduated from West Virginia University in 2015 with a B.A. in Criminology. He is currently a rising third-year law student at West Virginia University College of Law. Austin is originally from Centreville, Virginia, but grew up in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. His past experience includes clerking for the Honorable Robert Trumble in the Northern District of West Virginia. Austin is interested in Insurance [...]
At last, the time has come to return to the workplace! After all of the remote work and reduced staff (and potentially earnings), the time has come to resume the New Normal, so why aren’t you happier to hear that? As an employer or supervisor, you may be feeling the various regulatory and health pressures on top of the usual mandates of productivity and profitability. We understand those pressures and are here to help. Below are a few key guidelines and resources that will keep you informed and provide [...]
CHARLESTON, WV, May 7, 2020 - Seven Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC attorneys have been selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. The annual list selects no more than five percent of attorneys in each state to receive this recognition. The following Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer attorneys were selected as 2020 Super Lawyers: David L. Shuman - Medical Malpractice - Defense John F. McCuskey - Professional Liability William R. Slicer - Civil Litigation - Defense The following Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer Attorneys were selected as 2020 Rising [...]
Within the pages of our 2020 Q1 News Blast, you will find the latest updates on legal victories, how our firm is continuing to expand to our bordering states, an update on how SMS is responding to COVID-19 through ISO 27001 alignment, and more. We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!
On January 30, 2020, Michael Dunham and Kathryn McCann-Slaughter tried Robey v. Clevenger in Winchester General District Court. The case stemmed from a collision that occurred on May 5, 2019, at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Jubal Early Drive. Plaintiff contended that Ms. Clevenger was attempting to make a left turn into the path of the Plaintiff, causing the collision. The Plaintiff alleged he suffered injuries including a concussion, cervical strain, and midline thoracic back pain. Ms. Clevenger contended that she was not making a left [...]
On March 20, 2020, The Circuit Court of Randolph County entered an order dismissing the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority (“WVRJCFA”) from a lawsuit. The WVRJCFA was represented by SMS attorney, Michael Dunham. The order was entered after the WVRJCFA moved the circuit court to dismiss the claims brought by Plaintiff because Plaintiff did not provide adequate pre-suit notice prior to filing suit. Under West Virginia law, at least thirty days prior to initiating a civil action against a State agency, a complaining party is required [...]