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901 Quarrier Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-2607

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Christopher Charles Ross is a native of Clendenin, West Virginia.  He graduated with honors from West Virginia University and was a finalist for the title of “Mr. Mountaineer” in 1995.  His favorite activity at WVU was serving as an ambassador for West Virginia as part of “The Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band.  Chris graduated from the University of Akron School of Law where he focused on labor & employment and computer & cyberspace law.  He was a member of the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition advocacy team; he participated in the national Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court competition; and he continues to stay current on issues of how traditional law intersects with the issues of our digital age.

Chris has been employed as an attorney with the Charleston office of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC since 2011.  He practices insurance defense litigation in areas of state and municipal government, employment, civil rights, products liability, toxic torts, construction, property damage, workers compensation, collections and bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, and digital and cyberspace law.  He previously has worked as an Assistant Public Defender and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and he has worked for Stark County Legal Aid Society, The Housing Advocates, Inc., the West Virginia Attorney General, and Thompson / West Publishing as a WestLaw legal research specialist.  Chris is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia and he is an active member of Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

Chris practices in a broad range of Insurance Defense Litigation, Governmental Litigation Defense, Appellate Advocacy, and Federal Black Lung defense.  In addition to traditional litigation, Chris monitors each year’s session of the West Virginia Legislature and prepares annual seminars to update PFFB&P clients on how the new laws will impact our practice and other areas of interest. Chris has been especially interested in staying up to date on how the scope of litigation, and legal rights and responsibilities, have changed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris is married to Angela Vance, and they live in the historic East End of Charleston, West Virginia with their twin children Henry and Alia.  He serves as a Board Member of Disability Rights of West Virginia, a Board Member of the East End Community Association, and as a Committee Member with the Charleston Main Streets East End Development Committee.  Chris is a member of the PFFB&P cycling team and participates in the MS 150 Country Roads bike ride and other activities, such as the annual Duane Ruggier MS Golf Tournament, to benefit the National MS Society and to raise funds and support for MS research.  In 2017 Chris served as the Chairman of the MS Dinner of Champions honoring Stephen M. Fowler and raised in excess of $84,000 during the event.

Chris is an active member of the WVU Alumni Band, Appalachian Gamers, the North American Scrabble Players Association, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  Chris is an avid board gamer and enjoys teaching all sorts of people, of different ages, how to play modern hobby board games.  In 2019 Chris helped to establish PFFB&P’s first Extra Life 24-hour tabletop gaming event (Team WV Fox) to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which raised $10,000 in it’s inaugural year.

Current Employment Position(s):

  • Member 2017 to present
  • Associate 2011 to 2017

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Appellate Practice and Advocacy
  • State and Municipal Government Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Disability & Public Accommodation Defense
  • Asbestos and Toxic Tort Defense
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Construction and Property Damage Defense
  • Federal Black Lung Defense
  • Automobile Accident Defense
  • Landlord Tenant and Fair Housing Defense
  • Collections and Bankruptcy Defense
  • Digital and Cyberspace Law
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 2001
  • West Virginia, 2007
  • District of Columbia , 2007
  • Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 2021

Education:

  • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, OH
    • Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition
    • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
    • Cum Laude with University Honors
    • B.A. – Psychology
    • Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band
    • 1995 Finalist for “Mr. Mountaineer”
  • Capital High School, Charleston, WV
    • 1991 Governor’s Honors Academy

Representative Clients:

  • AIG Claims Services, Inc.
  • Allstate Insurance
  • BorgWarner, Inc.
  • Cherokee Insurance
  • Erie Insurance Group
  • Esurance Insurance
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Gorman-Rupp Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Sentry Insurance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Travelers Insurance
  • West Virginia Board of Insurance and Risk Management
  • West Virginia state, county, and municipal governmental agencies
  • Whiting Corporation

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Leadership West Virginia

Publications:

  • “Evaluating the Retroactive Application of COVID-19 Legislation” – The Defender – Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Winter 2021
  • “Employment Law Litigation Provides New Criteria for Evaluating Remedial Legislation” – The Defender – Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Winter 2019
  • “Highlights From The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005” – Summit County Prosecutor Newsletter, Spring 2005
  • “Understanding the Real Estate Tax Appraisal Process” – Summit County Prosecutor Newsletter, Winter 2003
  • “The Pitfalls of Electronic Discovery: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Employment Section Newsletter, 2003
  • “Deference to the EEOC: Whether English-Only Policies In The Workplace Evince Title VII Disparate Impact On The Basis of National Origin” – Fair Housing Advocate, 1999

Past Employment Positions:

  • Kanawha County Assistant Public Defender (West Virginia)
  • Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Ohio)
  • Kramer & Associates (Ohio)
  • The Housing Advocates, Inc. (Ohio)
  • Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. (Ohio)
  • Green & Farinacci, Attys at Law (Ohio)
  • Thompson / West– WestLaw Product Specialist  (Ohio)
  • West Virginia Attorney General (West Virginia)