The Masters Law Firm Team

The Masters Law Firm Team

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  • Standing L to R:
  • Linda Quillen
  • Lisa Miley
  • Rebecca Metheney
  • Justin Taylor
  • Christopher Brinkley
  • Richard Monahan
  • Kelly Elswick-Hall
  • Robert Welsh
  • Paula Wilson
  • Marvin Masters
  • Matthew Perry
  • Jessica McDonald
  • David Garrett
  • Cindy Burdette
  • Seated L to R:
  • Kelley Henderson
  • Kristina Longfellow
  • Jennifer Weaver
  • Candice Berger
  • Kelly Mullins
  • Jane Burkhamer
  • Leslie Pauley
  • Joyce Mack
  • Rebecca Young
  • Sherri Rasmussen
  • Mary Lingan
  • Elizabeth Cohen
  • Cathy Keeten
  • Kelsey Fields
Marvin W. Masters

Marvin W. Masters


Professional Memberships & Achievements: Marvin W. Masters is a member of the American Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar, West Virginia Association for Justice (past president), American Association for Justice, The American College of Trial Lawyers, and International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Mr. Masters has been selected for (1) “Best Lawyers in America®” for over 10 years; (2) “Super Lawyers”; and (3) “Million Dollar Advocates.” He has tried over 100 cases to jury and received multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in various jurisdictions. He is experienced in litigating serious personal injury, death, coal mining and property damage cases, as well as commercial, fraud and product liability cases, including drug litigation

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in: West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit; and United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: West Virginia University, J.D., 1972; West Virginia University, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1967

Date Admitted to the Bar: 1972, West Virginia

Christopher L. Brinkley

Christopher L. Brinkley


Professional Memberships & Achievements: Christopher L. Brinkley practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, workplace injury, automobile collisions, property damage, premises liability, oil and gas leases, business torts, the enforcement of foreign judgments, and consumer class actions. Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Brinkley has focused his practice on product liability cases, including numerous automobile defects (vehicle stability and rollovers; lack of electronic stability control; improper structural welding; various metallurgical failures; insufficient structural crashworthiness; seatbelt failures including false latch, partial latch, inertial release, spoolout, poor belt geometry, broken buckles, and broken belts; failure of airbags to deploy; lack of safety glass in side windows; occupant ejections; other aspects of inadequate occupant protection; improper placement of parking brake pedals; tire tread separations; fuel fed, ignition switch, and other vehicle fires; steering system failures; sudden accelerations; lack of a brake-shift or neutral-shift interlocks; park-to-reverse or false park situations; seatback collapses; engine design; towing stability; and brake failures); medical products (surgical staplers; knee and hip replacement implants; spinal implants; infusion pumps; and insulin pumps); forklifts (stand-up forklifts and off-road forklifts); pharmaceuticals; bucket trucks; fire extinguishers; clothing flammability; firearms; mining equipment; diving equipment; kerosene heaters; and motorcycles.

Mr. Brinkley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma where he was on the Dean’s List. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa – College of Law where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity, recipient of the Zarrow Family Award for excellence in Oil and Gas Law, a founding editor of the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, and author of “The Final Frontier: a Voyage Requiring a World Enterprise.”

Mr. Brinkley is admitted to all state courts in West Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Arkansas, as well as the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits and seven United States District Courts in West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other state and federal courts.

Mr. Brinkley is a member of the West Virginia and Georgia Trial Lawyers Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice. As a member of the American Association for Justice, Mr. Brinkley has served as Chairman of two separate product liability litigation groups, each time serving as Chairman for approximately seven years. He is also a member of the West Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Arkansas Bar Associations. Mr. Brinkley is a frequent author and lecturer on the topics of working with engineers in product liability litigation, admissibility of expert and other evidence, discovery, various specific product defects, litigation strategies, and other topics.

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in: United States Supreme Court; West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; Missouri; Georgia; Georgia Court of Appeals; Georgia Supreme Court; Arkansas; United States Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia; United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Date Admitted to the Bar: 2003, West Virginia; 2002, Missouri; 1999 Georgia; and 1995, Arkansas

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: University of Tulsa, J.D., 1994; University of Oklahoma, B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1990

Kelly Elswick-Hall

Kelly Elswick-Hall


Professional Memberships & Achievements: Since graduating from law school in 1994, she has enjoyed success representing injured workers and the disabled in personal injury cases, chemical and toxic exposure cases, head injury cases, deliberate intent cases, products liability litigation, automobile crash injury cases, medical negligence cases, and Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability claims. Her experience also includes complex family law litigation. Her wide range of experience in several areas of the law gives her a unique knowledge base among lawyers.

She is a member of the West Virginia Association for Justice and serves as a member of the WVAJ Governing Board. She serves on the West Virginia State Bar Committee on Workers’ Compensation, the West Virginia State Bar Committee on Social Security, and the West Virginia State Bar Committee on Law and Medicine. She served as secretary of the West Virginia Workplace Injury Litigation Group and as a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.

In 2009, she received a President’s Award from the West Virginia Association for Justice in recognition of her commitment to protecting the rights of West Virginia workers and their families. In 1997 and 1998, she received awards from the Legal Aid Society of Charleston, for providing free legal work to low income clients.

She has lectured in continuing legal education seminars in the areas of workplace injuries and has provided, free of charge, educational presentations to physicians in West Virginia in the same areas. She volunteers her time lobbying at the state level to advocate for the rights of the injured and disabled. She has participated and assisted in drafting various legislation over the past decade and provided her knowledge to various elected representatives and government agencies when called upon. She has successfully represented a disabled state trooper in an appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court, pro bono. In addition, she served as a volunteer for the Law Explorers, which teaches high school students in various counties about the law and careers within it.

She has reported decisions in the West Virginia Supreme Court and federal court in the areas of civil, Workers’ Compensation and other Administrative appeals.

She attended undergraduate college at Marshall University majoring in psychology, and was president of the honor society in her department. She graduated in 1991. She worked for a local mental health organization before attending law school, working directly with disabled individuals. She also served as an undergraduate research assistant.

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in: West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; United States Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit; and United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia

Date Admitted to the Bar: 1994, West Virginia

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: University of Dayton, J.D., 1994; Marshall University, Psychology, B.S., 1991

Richard A. Monahan

Richard A. Monahan


Professional Memberships & Achievements: West Virginia State Bar; and West Virginia Association for Justice

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in: United States Supreme Court; West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia; United States District Court for the District of Minnesota; and Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Date Admitted to the Bar: 1994, West Virginia; 1991 Pennsylvania

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1990; Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, B.A. Cum Laude, 1987

Robert P. Welsh

Robert P. Welsh


Professional Memberships & Achievements: Robert P. Welsh is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and West Virginia Association for Justice. In 1986, he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu (the international Jesuit University honor society equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa); and, in 1982, he was presented with Phoenix Award by American Heart Association for successful out-of-hospital resuscitation of cardiac arrest victim.

Mr. Welsh has 10 years of providing emergency care to patients in the pre-hospital and Emergency/Trauma Department setting as a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He has almost 20 years of experience in litigating all types of medical negligence cases resulting in serious injury or death, with over 40 cases tried to verdict.

Mr. Welsh received for his client a jury verdict in Pikeville, Kentucky, in the amount of $4.3 million for urological malpractice. He also settled a medical malpractice case for $1.42 million where there was a 12-hour delay in diagnosis of compartment syndrome of the client’s lower leg.

Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in: West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; Pennsylvania Superior Court; Pennsylvania Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia; and United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania

Date Admitted to the Bar: 1994, West Virginia; 1993, Pennsylvania

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: West Virginia University, J.D., 1993; 1984-1987 completed significant course work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Wheeling Jesuit University; West Liberty State College, Psychology, B.S., 1978