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Jane E. Harkins


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Jane E. Harkins was born in Charleston, West Virginia.  She received her undergraduate degree in 1988 from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia, and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from West Virginia University College of Law.  She is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of West Virginia.  Her legal practice, while based in Beckley, West Virginia, has given her extensive experience throughout West Virginia.

Ms. Harkins maintains an extensive practice in construction and property damage litigation, both residential and commercial, and she represents individuals and companies involved in the construction industry.  She also has an on-going involvement in personal injury defense. Earlier in her career, Jane was active in the defense of toxic and mass tort litigation, such as flooding, tobacco, and breast implants. She also enjoys real estate work.  She is an experienced mediator and is a Mental Health Commissioner in Raleigh County.

Ms. Harkins is a member of the Board of Governors of Bridgemont Community and Technical College and is a member of the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Alderson Broaddus University

Ms. Harkins enjoys a wide variety of activities outside of the legal environment.  She is the vocalist for the New River Jazz Band and the Chris Oxley Jazz Quartet.  She volunteers with Read-A-Loud West Virginia, reading to children in a local elementary school.  She has been active in local theater and dance productions.  Ms. Harkins lives on a small farm with her husband, Doug Cochran, where they raise beef cattle.  She likes to travel, cook, and read in her spare time.

Current Employment Position(s):
Member, since 2008
Areas of Practice:
Construction/Property Damage
Personal Injury
Employer Liability/Deliberate Intent
Mass and Toxic Torts
Insurance Coverage
Infancy/Incompetency Settlements
Mental Health
Elder and Child Law
Real Estate
Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
West Virginia, 1992
U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1992
U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2003
West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1991
Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, USA, 1988
Major:  Technical Writing
Honors and Awards:
Published Works:
Fanning Arson’s Flames: The Doctrine of Innocent Insureds in West Virginia, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Index, 1992
Representative Cases:
Cole v. Fairchild, 482 S.E.2d 913 (W. Va. 1996)
Town of Fayetteville v. Law, 495 S.E.2d 843 (W. Va. 1997)
West Virginia-Ohio Valley Area I.B.E.W. Welfare Fund v. American Tobacco Co., 29 F.Supp.2d 733 (  1998)
West Virginia Laborer’s Pension Trust Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 1998 WL 964983 (  1998)
In re: Flood Litigation, 607 S.E.2d 863 (W. Va. 2004)
Ashworth v. Albers Medical, Inc., 410 F. Supp.2d 471 (  2005)
Ashworth v. Albers Medical, Inc., 229 F.R.D. 527 (  2005)
Ashworth v. Albers Medical, Inc., 395 F.Supp.2d 395 (  2005)
Lane v. Prima Marketing, LLC, 2008 WL 793642 (S.D. W. Va. 2008)
Dickens v. Sahley Realty Co., Inc., 233 W.Va. 150, 756 S.E.2d 484 (2014)
Schoolhouse, LLC v. Creekside Owners Assn., etal., 2014 WL 1847829 (2014)
Representative Clients:
ALPS (Attorney Liability Protection Society)
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
CNA Insurance Companies
CSX Corporation
Erie Insurance Company
Farmers & Mechanics Mutual Insurance Company of West Virginia
GEICO (General Insurance Company)
Hartford ITT Insurance Company
Horace Mann Insurance Company
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Oak Casualty Company
The Ohio Casualty Company
OMNI Insurance Company
Penn National Insurance Company
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Safeco Insurance Company
Shand Morhan & Company, Inc.
State Auto Insurance Company
State Farm Insurance Companies
The Travelers Indemnity Company
Wausau Insurance Company
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Raleigh County Bar Association
American Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
West Virginia Bar Association
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute
Past Employment Positions:
File, Payne, Scherer & Brown, Beckley, WV, Associate, 1991 – 1994
Brown, Levicoff & McDyer, Beckley, WV, Associate, 1994 – 1996
Brown & Levicoff, PLLC, Associate, 1996 – 2004
Brown & Levicoff, PLLC, Partner, 2005 – 2008
Circuit Court of Kanawha County, WV, Mediator
West Virginia Human Rights Commission, Panel Mediator
Birth Information:
Charleston, West Virginia


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