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
  • 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 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

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

Kimberly K. Parmer

Kimberly K. Parmer


Admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court; United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Extensive experience litigating cases involving consumer fraud, negligence, violation of consumer protection statutes, professional negligence and malfeasance, complex commercial contractual disputes, insurance and securities fraud, civil rights violations, bankruptcy and complex family law litigation. Member of the West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Association for Justice.

Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated: Graduate of Hollins College, B.A. in Mathematics and Literature, 1994; Graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2002.

Roger A. Decanio

Roger A. Decanio


Born in Caracas Venezuela and immigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of five and raised in Charleston WV. Attended George Washington High School and graduated in 1988, became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1988 at the age of 18, Bachelor’s Degree in political science from The University of Charleston in 1992. While working for Congressman Bob Wise as a staff assistant and case worker, he earned his Master’s Degree from Marshall University in 1996 in Public Administration. In 1999, earned his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University, member of the West Virginia Bar since April of 2000, licensed to practice in the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts of West Virginia. Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court since October, 2007. Roger has three children and is fluent in Spanish.

Clayton G. Anderson

Clayton G. Anderson


Raised in Southern West Virginia, 1992 graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Master of Arts degree in public policy and government at Regent University in 1994. Attended Regent University School of Law and graduated in 1996. Was a member of the Client Counseling and Dispute Resolution Board during law school. The majority of practice involves representing clients in litigation matters in personal injury, wrongful death, business litigation and insurance bad faith. Seven years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Nicholas and Kanawha County where he prosecuted crime involving homicide, robbery, sexual assault and domestic violence. Since leaving public service, Mr. Anderson’s practice is dedicated to representation of clients in personal injury matters. Admitted to the West Virginia Bar in 1997 and the North Carolina Bar in 2005. Authorized to practice by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. AV peer review rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is the highest rating a lawyer can receive for ethical standards and legal ability anywhere in the world.