Our personal injury law firm DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC prides itself on establishing and nurturing close relationships with our Charleston community. Thus we didn’t hesitate when an opportunity to sponsor West Virginia State University’s 8th Annual Black and Gold Gala presented itself earlier this month.
West Virginia State University is the sole institution of higher learning in our state that has made it on the U.S. Department of Education’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) list. This designation originated in the 20th century to ensure Black students enjoyed a clear path to receiving a higher education.
This year’s gala, held on April 1 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, honored Debby Weinstein, Judge Booker T. and Attorney Gloria M. Stephens, and Appalachian Power.
Judge Stephens was the first African American judge elected in West Virginia nearly four decades ago. The judge presided over countless McDowell county court cases leading up to his retirement in 2019. He’s an ideal honoree worthy of recognition for relentlessly pursuing his goals and tireless service to our West Virginia community.
Almost every personal injury lawyer on our team here at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC has gotten to know Judge Stephens over the years. We like to think that we embody some of the same commitments to the legal profession and service that Judge Stephens has long displayed.
Many prospective clients reach out to us after having suffered severe injuries in different types of accidents, such as motor vehicle, workplace, dog bite, and slip and falls. We advise them of their rights, including their ability to recover compensation when someone else’s negligence injured them.
Our goal is to be knowledgeable and helpful guides as our clients navigate the often-confusing insurance claims or litigation process. This was one of the attributes that Judge Stephens excelled at while on the bench and is an approach we’ve increasingly assimilated into our dealings with others as we’ve grown our Charleston, WV personal injury practice.
We want to continue to serve our community with whatever legal needs they may have. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your injury incident. There’s no cost to schedule a case review to discuss the rights you may have.