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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 is Leader of Bowles Rice's Deliberate Intent Practice Group.  For the past 20 years, she has been first chair in defending hundreds of employers in deliberate intent actions.  She has obtained successful results for clients in the following industries:  mining; telecommunications and electronics; aluminum; ferromanganese; health care; and retail.  Ronda has appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court on deliberate intent matters and recently won a plaintiff/employee’s appeal of summary judgment awarded to her client by the Circuit Court of Mason County.

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

  • Bowles Rice Executive Committee Member, 2017-2020
  • Defending employers in litigation for over 25 years
  • Lead counsel for major retail pharmacy
  • 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

  • Arrin Farrar; Erin Farrar v. McFarlane Aviation, Inc.; Textron Aviation, Inc.; and The Cessna Aircraft Company; Andrew Swepston, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, No. 19-1577 (represented Cessna in dismissal based on lack of jurisdiction)
  • Allen E. Tackett v. West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, No. 16-0963 (represented CPRB and won appeal related to calculation of retirement benefits)
  • Childers v. Drug Emporium, Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 16-C-523, October 11, 2017 (granted summary judgment to employer in wrongful discharge claim for alleged violation of West Virginia Human Rights Act)
  • George and Donna Lambert v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Southern District of West Virginia federal court, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-06160, January 20, 2017 (won declaratory judgment on coverage issue and bad faith claims dismissed as moot due to no coverage)
  • 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. Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, No. 13-1276, (affirmed summary judgment of Circuit Court of Mason County, Oct. 17, 2014, in a deliberate intent civil action)
  • Richmond v. Felman Production, LLC, Circuit Court of Mason County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 12-C-40, (won complete defense verdict in deliberate intent trial in Mason County, West Virginia)
  • In several 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.
  • Paul Casket Company, Inc. v. Cooke Funeral Home, Inc., Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 12-C-1034 (defended funeral home and won summary judgment on commercial dispute
  • Finley v. Dixon Electrical Systems & Contracting, Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia, Civil Action No. 13-C-210 (motion to dismiss deliberate intent action granted Oct. 30, 2013)
  • Lemasters v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, No. 12-0774 (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 in deliberate intent action under W.Va. Code §23-4-2(d)(2)(ii))
  • In multiple insurance coverage and bad faith actions, achieved economical resolution far below initial demand and client’s budget.
  • 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)
  • Named a 2020 “State Litigation Star” in Labor/Employment by Benchmark Litigation
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business among “Leaders in their Field” for Litigation: General Commercial (since 2015)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants), 2013-present
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as Super Lawyer in General Litigation
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence Premier 100 Trial Attorneys of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Bar Association (President, 2007-2008; Executive Council, 2000-2007)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Employment Law Subcommittee
  • Litigation Counsel of American Trial Honor Society (Fellow)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Chair, Civil Justice Reform Committee, 2008-2010)