What makes Kathy Brown Law, PLLC different is that our clients know they talk to an experienced attorney about their case. Our focus is to ensure our clients are not only heard, but that we provide them with a sound legal strategy. Based in Charleston, WV, we serve clients throughout the state. We’re advocates for your rights and will never settle without your input. If you believe you have a personal injury or employment discrimination case, give us a call at 304-720-2351, and we’ll review it with you.
Kathy Brown Bio
A driving force and committed advocate for people and causes she believes in, Kathy delivers focused and empathetic service, attention to detail, and thorough research that underpins her track record of producing results. Her work in journalism and law have exemplified her desire to make a difference for the people of West Virginia, and reflect her curiosity, her desire to explore and achieve new goals, and her unflagging support for those who most need a voice.
Following a 22-year career as a successful, credible and award-winning journalist, Kathy’s innate curiosity and passion for advocacy led her to pursue a new professional direction and become an attorney. Her new career proved equally impressive, even when still a student. She continued working as a television reporter throughout law school, published in Law Review, and was also executive editor of the prestigious publication.
Also while studying at WVU College of Law, Kathy worked as a law clerk for former WV Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman in her private practice. Remarkably, she was permitted to argue a civil case before the State Supreme Court – and she remains one of only a handful of students allowed that privilege.
Practicing from her Charleston office, Kathy focuses on civil litigation for individuals, regularly representing her clients in the Circuit Courts, the State Supreme Court of Appeals, and US District Court in Southern and Northern West Virginia. Kathy is the only attorney in West Virginia licensed to represent those injured by vaccines in the United States Court of Claims.
DuPont and C8
One of Kathy’s most successful cases was against a corporate giant. The people of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley were hit hard by C8 and its devastating effects; for decades DuPont deposited the toxin into the Ohio River, wreaking havoc on the environment as well as the health and well-being of the people in it. Kathy got involved in the subsequent litigation because she knew what the residents were up against, and that the fight wouldn’t be an easy one.
Kathy was instrumental in the fight to bring out evidence of C8’s devastation, tirelessly traveling the country for vital data and information. She helped gather testimony, follow up on important leads, for presentation in court. She was vigorous in her support and advocacy for the people whose lives had been so adversely affected, and unflagging in her dedication to pursuing justice for them.
After many years of court battles and victory in the initial 2016 bellwether cases, the Southern District of Ohio Federal Court finally set dates for more than 3500 cases to be tried over four years, with the first of 40 to begin in the spring of 2017. DuPont ultimately settled these cases paying more than $671 million in damages.
Memberships and Awards
A member of the WV State Bar, the WV Association for Justice, and the Kanawha County Bar Association, Kathy is also licensed to practice in North Carolina where she is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Tenth Judicial District Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association.
Kathy was named one of the 2017 Best Female Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for the second year in a row, and the same year was designated as an American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in West Virginia. Kathy is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Kathy graduated from law school with honors as a national member of the Order of the Barristers – an achievement shared by only nine other members in her class. As a practicing attorney since 2001, Kathy has handled personal injury and medical malpractice claims throughout West Virginia. Kathy has also worked on mass tort claims in Minnesota, South Carolina, Illinois, and West Virginia, representing clients who had been injured by defective products in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.
With her current office located in Charleston, Kathy’s practice focuses on civil litigation for individuals and small businesses. She regularly represents individuals before the Circuit Courts, the Supreme Court of Appeals, and the US District Court in the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia. She also represents those seeking assistance in front of the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board, and for those seeking unemployment benefits with Workforce West Virginia. Kathy is a member in good standing of the West Virginia State Bar, the West Virginia Association for Justice, the American Association of Justice, and the Kanawha County Bar Association. Kathy is also licensed to practice in North Carolina.