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Attorney E. William (Bill) Harvit Joins Hartley Law Group, PLLC

Bill grew up in southern West Virginia where he was taught that your word is your bond and that hard work is mandatory and must be respected. He has tried to uphold these virtues both before and after becoming a lawyer. For 33 years, he has had the privilege of representing hard working people who believe in these same principles. The focus of Bill’s practice is helping people and their families cope with the enormous problems which arise from a serious injury or wrongful death. Regardless of the type of case, each client receives committed and individual treatment. If you, or a family member or friend, have questions or need assistance, Bill can help.

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Attorney David Lunsford of Hartley Law Group, PLLC Speaks on Supreme Court Case

The state Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a decision made by the state legislature’s Claims Commission in connection with a 2014 fatal DUI crash in Monongalia County.

The estate of Jonathan Ladanye filed a claim with the commission saying the state Division of Highways was partly at fault for the Interstate 79 crash because the agency had not cleared a pile of snow on a bridge near Westover. The truck Ladanye was riding in hit the snow and went over the bridge to a road beneath. He was killed in the crash. The driver James Coffman was later convicted of DUI with death.

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Hartley Law Group, PLLC Sponsors WVU Children's Hospital's 11th Annual Ohio Valley Gala

The West Virginia personal injury firm of Hartley Law Group, PLLC is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Ohio Valley Gala put on by the WVU Children's Hospital. Proceeds from the gala support the hospital's Pediatric Transport Team.

"Last year, 27 children were transported from the Ohio Valley to WVU Children's by the Pediatric Transport Team, so that the care they needed could start before they even arrived in Morgantown," Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children's Hospital, said. "The proceeds from the Ohio Valley Gala benefit this crucial transport team."

The theme of this year's gala is "A Tropical Paradise." The event will be held at The White Palace at Wheeling Park on Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 in the evening. Festivities will include a cocktail reception, a silent auction, dancing, live music, and a performance by the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Dance Troupe. There will also be recognition of Bernard Twigg, director of community affairs at WesBanco Bank, Inc., a recipient of the "Distinguished West Virginia Award."

Tickets for the gala are $100 per person. More information can be found at To read more about the gala, click here.

Hartley Law Group, PLLC Participates in the 15 th Annual Ohio Valley Light The Night Walk

Hartley Law Group, PLLC participated in the 15 th Annual Ohio Valley Light The Night Walk on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Light The Night Walk is a fundraiser to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancers. Several Hartley Law Group, PLLC employees braved the chilly temperatures at the Heritage Port in Wheeling to show our support for the cancer survivors and their families. In addition, we raised $7,425 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through sponsorship, generous donors and bake sales. We want to thank everyone who participated and donated, and we look forward to continuing our support of this worthy cause!

Hartley Law Group, PLLC to Sponsor Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Hartley Law Group, PLLC is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Annual Ohio Valley Light the Night Walk Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on April 23, 2015

American Bar Association's Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee's 24th Annual Spring CLE meeting

Dean Hartley will be participating in a panel discussion entitled "Views From the Front: Plaintiffs' Perspective on Toxic Tort Litigation" at the American Bar Association's Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee's 24th Annual Spring CLE meeting entitled Cutting-Edge Scientific and Legal Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law which will be held April 9 through 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The panel, using various factual scenarios involving exposures to toxic substances, will explain how to evaluate potential plaintiff's cases based on the circumstances surrounding an exposure to toxic material, the likelihood of the defendant's liability, and provide other considerations that they assess during their evaluation of the potential value of a toxic tort case, as well as discuss how to prepare a case, from a plaintiff's perspective, to maximize recovery.

Panel Discussion - 2014 HarrisMartin National Benzene Litigation Conference

Dean Hartley has once again been invited to participate in a panel discussion at the 2014 HarrisMartin National Benzene Litigation Conference to be held December 11 and 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The panel will discuss RNA and DNA testing as it applies to a benzene case on the second day of the conference.

Severe Form of Black Lung Returns to Threaten Appalachian Coal Miners

Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF) is a severe form of black lung disease and can be lethal and it currently affects nearly ten-times more Appalachian coal miners today than it did in the 1970s, about 3.2% of all minors in the Central Appalachian coalfields, according to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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