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In the late 1940’s two local U.S. Assistant Attorneys, Edward H. Greene and Chadwick W. Ketchum, returned home from their service in WWII to find their old positions were no longer available.  With a passion for the law and a strong desire to serve Cabell and Wayne Counties, Huntington and the Tri-State community, they formed a law firm concentrating on the general practice of law.

In 1967, Chad’s son, Menis E. Ketchum, II, graduated from the WVU College of Law and joined the firm.  By the early 1970’s, Menis shifted the firm’s focus to personal injury and criminal law.  Greene Ketchum’s personal injury work has played an integral role in developing West Virginia’s laws that protect the rights of injured persons, consumers and land owners.  See Baldwin v. Buther,  155 W.Va. 431, 184 S.E.2d 428 (1971); Jones, Inc. v. W. A. Weidebusch Plumbing and Heating, Co., 157 W.Va. 257, 201 S.E.2d 248 (1973); Ye Olde Apothecary v. G. O. McClellan, 163 W.Va. 19, 253 S.E.2d 545 (1979);  Bradley v. Appalachian Power Company, 163 W.Va. 332, 256 S.E.2d 879 (1979); Ashland Oil, Inc. v. Donahue, 164 W.Va. 409,  264 S.E.2d 466 (1980); Davis v. Robertson, 175 W.Va. 354, 332 S.E.2d 819 (1985); Shamblin v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 184 W.Va. 352, 396 S.E.2d 766 (1990); Brown v. Crum, 185 W.Va. 352, 400 S.E.2d 596 (1990); Beckley v. Crabtree, 189 W.Va. 94, 428 S.E.2d 317 (1993); Plumley v. May, 189 W.Va. 734, 434 S.E.2d 406 (1993); Marcum Trucking Co. Inc., v. U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co., 190 W.Va. 267, 438 S.E.2d 59 (1993); Maynard v. Dailey Gazette Co., 191 W.Va. 601, 447 S.E.2d 293 (1994); Richardson v. Allstate Ins. Co., 193 W.Va. 244, 455 S.E.2d 803 (1995); Elkins v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 197 W.Va. 412, 457 S.E.2d 504 (1996); Kalwar v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 203 W.Va. 2, 506 S.E.2d 39 (1998); Sinkewitz v. City of Huntington,  217 W.Va. 265, 617 S.E.2d 812 (205); Simpson-Littman Const., Inc. v. Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., WL 2435524 (S.D.W. Va. 2011); State ex. rel J.C. v. Mazzone, 233 W.Va. 457, 759 S.E.2d 200 (2014); E.D. ex rel. Darcy v. Pfizer, inc., 722 F.3d 574 (4th Cir. 2013); Manor Care Inc. v. Douglas,  234 W.Va. 57, 763 W.Va. 73 (2014).

By the mid to late 1970’s, Menis was recognized as a leading trial lawyer in West Virginia and one of the best in America.  He was also being hired by asbestos insulator workers to file lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers.  Menis decided to expand the firm and hired Lawrence J. Tweel (Larry) and Larry A. Bailey (Pete); eventually placing Mr. Tweel in charge of administrating the asbestos cases.   Greene Ketchum’s trial lawyers, along with the Ness Motley law firm from South Carolina, tried the first asbestos cases in West Virginia.  Greene Ketchum also represented the asbestos workers and others before the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. 

Over his 40 year legal career, Larry Tweel has handled asbestos exposure cases; car and truck accidents; medical malpractice cases; workers’ compensation claims; social security disability claims; and premises liability cases.  Since 1995, Larry has been the managing partner at Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel LLP.

Pete Bailey’s legal career at Greene Ketchum also extends over 40 years.  Pete is a trial lawyer with broad trial experience and multiple jury verdicts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio for cases involving wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents.  Today, Pete’s trial work is focused on medical malpractice litigation.

Greene Ketchum continued to grow throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, with emphasis on cases involving motor vehicle accidents, product liability, medical malpractice and eminent domain.

Bert Ketchum, Menis’ son, joined the law firm in 1994 and became a partner in 1997.  An experienced trial lawyer, Bert has tried numerous cases to juries in the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky including, but not limited to, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, mining accidents, medical malpractice and eminent domain.   In 2011 and 2013, Bert received jury verdicts in Wayne County, West Virginia that were unprecedented.  Bert’s appellate experience includes arguing cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2006, after practicing law in Morgantown, West Virginia for several years, Paul T. Farrell, Jr., came to Huntington and joined Greene Ketchum as a partner.  A past president of the West Virginia Association for Justice, Paul is experienced in prosecuting medical malpractice cases, birth trauma cases and negligent credentialing cases.  In 2007, he received a record breaking verdict in a medical malpractice case in Monongalia County, West Virginia.  Paul’s appellate advocacy includes his cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and amicus briefs filed on behalf of the WVAJ.

By 2010, Greene Ketchum had again expanded its case load, handling mass litigation in pharmaceuticals, product liability and toxic torts.  Shortly thereafter, the firm took an even larger step by filing one of the first Transvaginal Mesh cases in the country.  The filing resulted in the consolidation of some 70,000 cases across the country into an MDL in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, at Charleston.  Greene Ketchum served as trial counsel in a bellwether verdict, In re C.R. Bard, Inc., 810 F.3d 913, 917 (4th Cir. 2016), which was followed by a verdict in 4 consolidated cases in Campbell v. Boston Sci. Corp., No. 2:12-CV-08633, 2016 WL 5796906, at *19 (S.D.W. Va.  Oct. 3, 2016).

In 2015, Clayton J. Maddox became an associate attorney with Greene Ketchum after clerking for the Honorable Judge Darrell Pratt of the 24th Judicial Circuit.  Clay focused on general litigation and quickly gained considerable court room and trial experience with the firm.  Today, Clay handles a large part of the firm’s cases involving motor vehicle accidents, contracts and real property damage. 

By 2016, Greene Ketchum’s hometown of Huntington, West Virginia was being called the epicenter of the opioid epidemic and has been featured on shows like 60 Minutes and Netflix’s Heroin (e).  Huntington’s plight has also been the center of several national publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In early 2017, Paul fashioned a complaint to address our region’s opioid problems.  After considerable discussion, Greene Ketchum filed the nation’s first lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, at Charleston, against the wholesale distributors of opioids on behalf of six West Virginia counties (Cabell, Kanawha, Wayne, Boone, Fayette, and Logan).  Soon realizing the problem was bigger than just West Virginia, Greene  Ketchum worked to help form a “National Consortium” to fight the epidemic.  Today, the team tackling the opioid epidemic consists of Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel LLP; Baron & Budd PC; Levin Papantonio; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler PLLC; McHugh Fuller; and Powell & Majestro PLLC.

Over half of the opioid cases pending in the federal courts have been filed by our “National Consortium.”   On December 5, 2017, an order was issued by a panel of federal judges consolidating the federal opioid cases into a Multi District Litigation being handled in Cleveland, Ohio by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District Court of Ohio.  Of the twenty-five leadership roles in the opioid Multi District Litigation, the “National Consortium” has received five appointments.  Greene Ketchum’s Paul T. Farrell, Jr. was appointed as one of three Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs.  Today the “National Consortium” continues to work tirelessly preparing for the opioid trials.

  Greene Ketchum’s attorneys continue to try cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  Our attorneys’ skilled advocacy has resulted in record breaking verdicts and judgments and millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients.  For their work, the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by legal organizations for excellence and included in The National Advocates Top 100 Trial Lawyers and West Virginia Super Lawyers®.  

In addition to their legal work, the firm’s attorneys have also served on numerous legal and educational boards in West Virginia, including West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors; the West Virginia Ethics Commission; West Virginia Law Institute’s Governing Council; West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission; West Virginia Association for Justice Board of Governors and Past Presidents; Marshall University Foundation, Inc.; The Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University; the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, Inc. (selects higher education’s “Professor of the Year”); the Marshall University Graduate School Advisory Board; Hospice of Huntington; and the Cabell County American Cancer Society. 

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