Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
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J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1993)

B.S., West Virginia University (1984)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Ronda L. Harvey

Partner

Ronda Harvey concentrates her practice in employment/deliberate intent, products liability and insurance bad faith and coverage cases. 

Her most recent achievements include defending a large West Virginia employer in a deliberate intent trial and winning a complete defense verdict.

Ronda has also represented defendants in mass tort and complex products liability civil actions.

She has defended several national clients in product liability litigation, including pathology laboratories and manufacturers of medical equipment, mining roof bolts, boom cranes and respirators. She successfully defended a manufacturer of cranes in mass hearing loss litigation in McDowell County, West Virginia.

Ronda is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and has presented several appeals with great success. She presented the oral argument in defense of Nationwide in the appeal of Lemasters v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. (No. 12-0774) (2013), which established that lawyers for insureds may not recover their fees incurred while litigating an Unfair Trade Practice Act claim. The appeal of Gandee v. Allstate Indemnity Company, 208 W.Va. 697 (2000), reinforced the statutory  requirements for insurance cancellation notices and in writing and arguing that appeal, Ronda convinced the Supreme Court her clients’ cancellation notice met those requirements and cancelled the policy at issue.  The appeal of Pennington v. Allstate Insurance Company, 202 W.Va. 178 (1998) set the standard for the renewal of a lapsed insurance policy.

Professional Highlights

  • Lead trial counsel in more than 200 deliberate intent lawsuits
  • Lead trial counsel in products liability trial resulting in defense verdict and victorious counterclaim
  • Successfully defended a crane manufacturer in mass hearing loss litigation

Representative Matters

  • Jodie Estep v. Agsten Construction Co., Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 14-C-1000, April 18, 2016 (denied plaintiff’s motion to vacate prior order and thus refused a second time to allow plaintiff to amend complaint to add spoliation claim)

  • Jodie Estep v. Agsten Construction Co., Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 14-C-1000, July 27, 2015 (granted summary judgment on deliberate intent claim and denied motion to amend complaint to add spoliation claim)

  • Cunningham v. Felman Production, LLC. (No. 13-1276) (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, affirmed summary judgment of Circuit Court of Mason County, Oct. 17, 2014, in a deliberate intent civil action)
  • Richmond v. Felman Production, LLC, Civil Action No. 12-C-40, in the Circuit Court of Mason County, West Virginia (won complete defense verdict in deliberate intent trial in Mason County, West Virginia) 
  • In two recent deliberate intent matters, achieved early resolution for nuisance value that was much less than cost-of-defense amount after questioning of plaintiffs during plaintiff’s depositions established that plaintiffs could not prove all five required deliberate intent elements.
  • –Finley v. Dixon Electrical Systems & Contracting, Civil Action No. 13-C-210, in the Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia (motion to dismiss deliberate intent action granted Oct. 30, 2013)
  • –Lemasters v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. (No. 12-0774) (in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, affirmed order of Circuit Court of Marshall County, Oct. 29, 2013)
  • –Hager v. Cowin & Co., Inc., Civil Action No. 2:10-cv-01138 (S.D. W.Va. 2011) (dismissal of supervisor under W.Va. Code §23-4-2(d)(2)(ii))
  • –Piasecki v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, Civil Action No. 2:08-cv-01302, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston (motion to dismiss deliberate intent action granted Feb. 23, 2009)
  • –Lemasters v. Century Aluminum of West Virginia, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 06-C-116, in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, West Virginia (summary judgment of deliberate intent action granted on Dec. 8, 2008)
  • –Stout v. Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation, 207 W.Va. 427,533 S.E.2d 359 (2000) (remanded and tried to deliberate intent action defense verdict)
  • Recognized by 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business among “Leaders in their Field” for Litigation: General Commercial
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants), 2013-present
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (General Litigation)
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence Premier 100 Trial Attorneys of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Bar Association (President, 2007-2008; Executive Council, 2000-2007)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Litigation Counsel of American Trial Honor Society (Fellow)
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Chair, Civil Justice Reform Committee, 2008-2010)