Stephen G. Skinner
Stephen Skinner was born and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1986, West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1990 (Honors Program) and the West Virginia University College of Law in 1994. During high school, he attended Mountaineer Boys State and the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy. During college, he studied abroad at Wroxton College in the United Kingdom before returning to West Virginia Wesleyan and becoming the Student Government President. Before law school, he spent a year out traveling and working, including in London where he worked for the Performing Right Society.
He began his legal career by working with his father in Charles Town from 1994 until 1999. He then moved to New York City where he represented aviation disaster and other catastrophically injured victims, including victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He traveled extensively with his New York firm before returning to West Virginia in 2004 to rejoin his father and his brother. He continues to be Of Counsel to a New York City firm.
Mr. Skinner has handled catastrophic injury, consumer and products liability suits across the country. He is admitted to the bars of West Virginia, New York, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Northern & Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. His a member of the American Association for Justice, the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the West Virginia Association for Justice, Public Justice, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia, and the NAACP.
He is a former President of the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University and continues to serve on CATF’s board. He is an appointee to the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and was elected to the Shepherd University Foundation Board of Directors in September 2010. The West Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission honored him with its Living the Dream Award for Human and Civil Rights in 2011.
In 2008, Stephen was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention representing the 2d Congressional District of West Virginia. In 2010, he was elected to the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
Mr. Skinner is active in human and civil rights advocacy on the local, state and national level.
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