State, Municipal & Public Entities


With offices in Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia and in Winchester, Virginia, Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC defends cities, counties, agencies, and other public entities from across West Virginia and in the adjoining areas.

We defend a number of public entities and municipalities, including local, regional, and state-level officials, law enforcement officers, cities, towns, state agencies, school districts, school boards, and school board personnel.  Our public entity defense lawyers handle a full range of issues on behalf of the firm’s clients, including street and road claims, civil rights actions, police and first responders’ defense, municipal construction, landfill litigation, employment litigation, water distribution liability, public entity personal injury defense, property damage claims against public entities, and waste-water collection and treatment liability.

In addition to the mediation, arbitration, and litigation services we provide for resolving such claims, our attorneys regularly advise local and state entities on current municipal government defense and state government defense issues, employment policies, and many other areas of potential risk.

In large part, we are able to advise municipal and state government entities effectively on these matters because so many of our attorneys have government-related work experience.  John F. McCuskey served in the West Virginia Legislature and was the Commissioner of Finance and Administration.  Christopher D. Negley currently serves as city attorney for a small West Virginia municipality.  We therefore have a firsthand, personal familiarity with the liability issues and challenges facing our clients and are better able to provide comprehensive advice across a broad spectrum of issues.