Andrew C. Skinner
Andrew Skinner grew up in Charles Town, West Virginia. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1988 and then attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, from which he received a bachelors degree in Economics in 1992. Andrew participated in the ROTC program at William and Mary and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Andrew served on active duty in the Army for four years, serving as a tanker and then a logistician in the 4th Infantry Division.
After coming off of active duty, Andrew started law school at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, which is considered one of the top law schools in the nation. Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Texas and moved to Chicago, where he took up practice with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, one of the largest law firms in the country. His primary practice involved product liability lawsuits.
Andrew returned home in September 2003 when he joined his father’s practice at Nichols & Skinner, which has since been renamed Skinner Law Firm. Andrew focuses on personal injury and consumer protection. Exceedingly important to Andrew are cases that seek to protect the public. For instance, Andrew believes that one of the most effective approaches to stop drunk driving and protecting our community members is to bring lawsuits that seek to bring drunk drivers and the bars that over serve them to justice. These so-called “dram shop” cases ensure that bars and patrons act responsibly by forcing them to compensate their victims who are injured in drunk driving crashes.
Other types of cases that are crucial to protecting the community are those involving debt collectors who do not follow the rules on how to deal with consumers. Likewise, Andrew pursues cases where companies have violated clear standards — such as building codes — in order to reduce their costs, while endangering their customers and the general public. An example is builders who do not properly install passive radon systems as required by building codes, even though these companies know that they are building houses in a high radon area.
Being deeply involved in the community is very important to all the Skinners, including Andrew. He currently serves on the Board of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and is a past president of the board. In this position, Andrew is working to improve the local business community by providing opportunities for business persons to network, by providing educational opportunities, and by showing off what wonderful business opportunities exist in the Eastern Panhandle. Along the same vein, Andrew serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Development Authority.
Andrew continued his military career after coming off of active duty by serving both in the National Guard and the Reserves, including two more years mobilized on active duty. He has served in Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Germany and South Korea, along with posts throughout the United States. In 2009, Andrew was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. As an Army Reserve Soldier, one of his jobs is as an instructor of a graduate level course for Army officers seeking to become battalion commanders and high-level staff members.
Learning how to be a leader has long been part of Andrew’s life. It started with Andrew being the student government president in high school, continued with ROTC in college, and intensified during his over twenty years of military service. Wanting to share the leadership skills and lessons he has learned throughout his life, Andrew founded Leadership Jefferson, a program of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Andrew spends innumerable hours every year, guiding approximately 20 current or future leaders through a ten-month long course. Leadership Jefferson covers how Jefferson County operates and also various leadership skills. Creating and running Leadership Jefferson has provided him with numerous insights into the workings and character of this community.
Andrew is married to Kathy Kuhler Skinner, who was elected in 2014 to be a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education. They have four children. Kathy is also owner of Skipper’s Downtown Dips and Deli, a downtown business offering farm fresh ice cream, along with pizza, sandwiches, and salads. Kathy is also a Board member of Discover Downtown Charles Town, an organization dedicated to improving economic opportunities and conditions in the historic downtown Charles Town. Andrew is a member of the American Association for Justice and the West Virginia Association for Justice. In addition to his job as a lawyer and community activist, Andrew serves as a youth soccer coach.
Andrew was the first lawyer that I ever had to represent me and I appreciate him taking the time to explain everything to me. He and Becky always came through when I had a question. He never turned his back once on me. By Ethel on December 27, 2016
They treat you like family!
I just want to thank Andrew for being so kind to me. He was very understanding, and he just made me feel he really was there for me, and he wasn’t going to let anyone take my house. I can’t see how the Skinner Law Firm could improve on their relationship with their clients because from the time you meet with them until your case comes to the end, they treat you with kindness and respect, and to a person like me that was a great feeling. So thank all of you for being there for the little man. By Richard on October 11, 2016
Based on commercials I had seen on WHAG news about The Skinner Law Firm, I contacted their office in September, 2015, in regard to a personal injury I suffered by a local business. A day after my call, I was contacted by Mr. Andrew Skinner and was informed that the firm would take my case and he would represent me. This brought great relief as I was under the care of multiple doctors and in poor health. We exchanged information and his approach to me and the situation was a comforting one. He periodically checked in on me to say he was thinking about me and asked me how I was doing. In the commercial it is stated that they treat you like family. The statement is better than accurate as their work ethic and care for those they represent is genuine. Their staff are professional and highly dedicated in helping their clients. There is no doubt that I will recommend them to others in the future and I go on knowing that if any crisis should arise in my life I know where to turn. Thank you Mr. Skinner for giving me peace of mind and taking away the fears I had about my financial responsibilities to the medical professionals that have and are continuing to treat me for my injury. YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE THE ULTIMATE BEST!!! By Roxanne on June 24, 2016
A Wonderful Attorney!
I was fortunate to have had the pleasure of consulting with Mr. Andrew Skinner. He is a kind, caring person who listened when no one else would. He went above and beyond for me. I highly recommend his law firm. By anonymous on March 15, 2016.
Mr. Skinner took our case after my spouse was involved in an automobile accident with an intoxicated driver. We would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Skinner and the Skinner law firm to anyone. Fair and honest and highly recommended! By JG on November 22, 2015.
I was on a vacation and was hit buy a car and Mr. Andrew Skinner was a stand up guy. He was very strong with my needs and knew what was best. Not only did he get me my settlement but was very patient throughout the process and got me entire funds at most needed times. Mr. Skinner was very firm, straight to point, genuinely passionate as to my care, and was great to work with… By Richard on October 23, 2015.
No better counsel out there.
I tried to represent myself in court and it quickly turned into a big mess. Fortunately, Andrew Skinner and the Skinner Law firm was able to take over the case and turn it around. Without them, I would be unnecessarily paying thousands of dollars to a big corporation for nothing. Thank you Skinner Law Firm. By anonymous on September 23, 2015
Andrew is extremely helpful in getting the case closed. He was able to get me a large amount of money for my personal injury. The staff are extremely friendly. I was bobbled around between two lawyers, but finally ended with Andrew. He was able to get my case finalized in a short amount of time. I highly recommend. By anonymous on September 16, 2015
I would definitely recommend or use Andrew Skinner again
I had to find a lawyer to represent me in a matter that surfaced in the beginning of this year, 1-1-2015, I then saw the commercial of the Skinner law firm on the television, I sent Andrew Skinner a email in detail of the situation I was facing, he then called me back within a day or so after the email, at that time he told me the he’d take the case. Andrew Skinner is an excellent lawyer, he kept me informed the entire duration, whether it was by mailing me every letter he sent out on my behalf, or he called me and told me over the phone, he also sent me emails. I’m happy to say that my case didn’t make it to court, the case was settled way before the court date, I hired Andrew Skinner on March 11, 2015, and the case was settled the middle of June, 2015,. I’m very pleased by the way I was treated by Mr. Skinner and the way he handled the case and won, I’m not going to be held accountable for paying out any money towards the other party thanks to Andrew Skinner, he’s awesome in my opinion. I’m in my mid 30’s and I’ve only dealt with one other lawyer, in which the other lawyer was very unfair and didn’t handle my case as spot on as Andrew Skinner. I also wanted to say, as pleasant as Mr. Skinner was, I’m kind of bummed that I won’t have the pleasure in talking to him anymore. I will for sure use him in the future to represent me if one ever surfaces, but I can say this, to whomever in need of legal representation, you won’t be sorry choosing Andrew C. Skinner at the Skinner law firm, he’s an amazing attorney who does amazing work, good luck to the person reading this review. By Stephanie on July 1, 2015
I would highly recommend Andrew Skinner as a lawyer. He is a AWESOME lawyer, trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable, and kept me informed with every detail in my case. I have been represented by Andrew Skinner for about 5 years, it has been a long dragged out case but being represented by Andrew Skinner has made the process for me so much easier by being an awesome lawyer. By Melinda on June 14, 2015
In a time where we were in a mess with a mortgage company, Mr. Skinner took his time and met with us and reviewed each document. He was attentive, knowledgeable and patient trying to figure out our next course of action. He gave us several options and guided us in the direction that was best for us, not him. We were able to proceed successfully. Even after our case was finalized, he was accessible as new issues arose from the same mortgage company. He has always been honest, prompt and professionally aggressive in making sure our civil rights were protected. We are currently in the process of another case, and again, Mr. Skinner has been just as professional as our previous case. By Former Client on June 4, 2015
Skinner Law – Simply the best counsel I have worked with. by
I have had the opportunity to employ Andrew Skinner and the Skinner law Firm twice.
In both cases, Mr. Skinner and his staff have been simply awesome. Mr. Skinner listened to my issues and presented my case in a very positive and effective manner. He made me feel as if my voice had been heard.
His staff is highly efficient, professional and yet maintain a friendly and approachable demeanor.
I would not hesitate to seek Mr. Skinner’s counsel in the future and would definitely recommend The Skinner Law Firm to anyone who has a legal issue. If they cannot help for any reason, they will certainly point you in the right direction. By Curt on June 1, 2015
Consumer Protection Act
Mr. Skinner was the only lawyer to take the case against the mortgage company for my father. He was very knowledgeable about the consumer protection act. He was very quick to begin action against the mortgage company and kept me informed every step of of the way. I felt very confident and comfortable with Mr. Skinner handling the case. Because of Mr. Skinner’s knowledge, we won the case. He is an excellent lawyer. By Sheila on May 29, 2015