About Us

With over 60 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Skinner Law Firm focus on representing people, not insurance companies or big corporations. We are proud to bring our experiences from across the United States back home to our region.


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Our History

In 1969, after serving as Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County, John C. Skinner, Jr. joined his mentor and friend, F. Dean Nichols, and founded the law firm of Nichols & Skinner. After decades of serving the people of Jefferson County, Dean Nichols retired in January of 1981, and John Skinner retired in the spring of 2015.

Stephen Skinner returned to the firm after working for five years as a plaintiff’s lawyer in New York City. Andrew Skinner started his legal career in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before returning to his hometown to join his brother and father at Nichols & Skinner, which was renamed Skinner Law Firm in 2008. That same year, Laura Davis joined the firm, bringing years of experience in handling bad faith insurance claims and complex litigation.

Since its establishment almost 50 years ago, Skinner Law Firm has been committed to serving its clients. Whether our client lives in West Virginia or California, we focus on his or her individual needs.

Skinner Law Firm represents people who have been harmed by someone else’s wrongdoing. Our civil litigation lawyers help individuals and families who have been physically and/or financially injured by the wrongful conduct of another person, corporation, or government entity.

Skinner Law Firm works to protect our community by enforcing the rules that keep us safe in our homes, on our roads, and at our workplaces. The work our attorneys perform for our clients helps ensure that people and companies are encouraged to make good decisions and follow the rules.

Case Results

Justice via our client’s insurance

Skinner Law Firm attorneys Laura Davis and Andrew Skinner won a nearly $190,000 verdict for a Skinner Law Firm client during a June trial in the circuit court of Jefferson County.  

Our client’s dump truck was totaled by a driver who fled the scene, leaving our client’s business at a near stand-still. Unable to seek compensation from the driver who ruined his dump truck, our client turned to his own insurance company to cover his losses — he maintained an uninsurance policy to safeguard against instances exactly like this one.  (Uninsurance is a type of insurance coverage that is designed to protect you when you’re involved in an accident with another driver who is negligent and lacks liability insurance.)  However, our client’s insurance company refused to compensate him under the terms of the policy. The insurance company forced him to trial, where the jury returned a verdict more than $125,000 greater than what the insurance company had offered.  

Victims of Drunk Driver Collisions

Andrew Skinner and the Skinner Law Firm recently settled lawsuits against drunk drivers who caused accidents that killed and seriously injured innocent people.  These innocent victims just happened to be driving on the same road as the drunk drivers, who were driving the wrong way.  One settlement included compensation from the bar where the drunk driver did his drinking.

Wrongful Death in Car Wreck

Skinner Law Firm recently won a judgment of $2.1 million in a jury trial for the wrongful death of a teenager killed in a car wreck.  The victim was the passenger in a vehicle that crashed after the driver lost control.

Crime Victim at Night Club

Stephen Skinner and Laura Davis of Skinner Law Firm won a settlement for clients who had been brutally beaten and attacked at a night club in Martinsburg, WV.  This civil litigation for the crime victims resolved during trial after Skinner and Davis won key legal rulings.

Consumer Rights Victory against Kia

Stephen Skinner won a jury verdict against Kia Motors America and Bill Baisey on breach of warranty claims in a dispute over a faulty Kia Sedona van. Although Kia and Bill Baisey broke their warranty promises, they refused to pay their clients for their broken promises. After over a year of litigation, a Jefferson County jury found in favor of Skinner Law Firm’s client. After the verdict, in addition to the damages, the Court ordered Kia to pay our client’s Skinner Law Firm attorney fees.

Crime Victim at Gentleman’s Club

Stephen Skinner and Laura Davis of Skinner Law Firm settled claims against Vixens Club for a confidential settlement. Our client was the victim of an assault and battery by bouncers at the “Gentleman’s Club.” The Complaint alleged that the bouncers threw our client to the ground on the outside of the club, where his cheek was fractured. It required surgery, and he was left with a permanent injury. During the case, it was discovered that the video surveillance system system at the bar “missed” recording what happened to our client. We brought a claim based on spoliation (destruction) of evidence on top of the actual assault and battery civil litigation for our crime victim client.

Helped Injured Customer

Andrew Skinner and Skinner Law Firm have settled a claim on behalf of a client who was severely injured at the Lowe’s Home Center in Martinsburg. The client was returning a defective riding lawn mower to the store. The client rented a flat bed truck from Lowe’s to return the mower. Upon arriving at the store, the client asked for help from Lowe’s, who sent an employee out to the truck. This employee got two ramps designed specifically for that truck and hooked them up to the rear of the truck. Our client started to back the mower down the ramps, when one of the ramps collapsed. Our client fell to the ground, and the mower fell on him. He injured his neck and tore his rotator cuff, requiring surgery. The lawsuit settled for a confidential amount after two years of litigation.

Consumer Protection Victories against Debt Collectors

Skinner Law Firm has settled several cases recently against debt collectors for unlawful harassment of our clients.  In certain instances, the debt collectors would call continuously and repeatedly in a harassing manner.  In other instances, the debt collectors would call family members and harass them about the debt.