Stephen began his legal career by working with his father John Skinner in Charles Town from 1994 until 1999. Seeking more trial experience, he 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. He continues to be Of Counsel to the New York City firm.
Attorney Stephen Skinner has handled personal injury, wrongful death, consumer rights, and products liability suits across the country. He is admitted to the bars of West Virginia, Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia. Stephen is also admitted before 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. He is 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, and the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia. In 2014, the West Virginia Association for Justice honored Stephen with the “Stanley E. Preiser Member of the Year Award.” Stephen has been recognized by his peers as a top rated personal injury lawyer in 2016 and 2017 as a West Virginia Super Lawyer.
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 2014, WVWC awarded Stephen with its Alumni Achievement Award. He was also honored with the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.