Personal injury trial lawyers serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
Timothy J. Manchin
Tim Manchin was born in Farmington, West Virginia, and grew up in Bridgeport. Tim was strongly influenced at an early age by his deceased father, Joseph Manchin Jr., a well-known physical therapist who treated thousands of athletes and disabled persons without regard to their ability to pay.
Tim then attended West Virginia University where he graduated from the WVU College of Law in 1980. In May of 1983, he began a successful law practice with his partner, cousin, and now Federal Magistrate, Michael Aloi.
In addition to his work at Manchin Ferretti, Tim also practices law with the Fairmont, WV, based Manchin Injury Law Group. Through the years, Tim has represented thousands of West Virginians in all types of personal injury cases including medical malpractice, car accidents, workplace injuries, and wrongful death matters. Through this work, he has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
Tim is the nephew of the late A. James Manchin and cousin of United States Senator Joe Manchin. In addition to his successful legal career, Tim had distinguished career as a delegate and public servant of Marion County, beginning in 2003 through the end of 2016. He was appointed to the Rules Committee, House Finance Committee, Senior Services, Roads and Transportation, Banking and Insurance, Small Business Development, Chairman of Political Subdivision, and eventually became chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee. Tim also was chosen to chair the Select Committee on Marcellus Drilling which produced the first law providing for the regulation and protection from Marcellus drilling activities. He was known among his peers as a tireless worker at the capital, frequently arriving before the other delegates and leaving long after their departure.
Together with his law firm, Tim has provided assistance and financial support for numerous civic causes including the annual donation to the Family Resource Network of approved car seats for expectant mothers, sponsorship of UMWA charitable fundraisers and frequent donations to the Soup Opera.
In his free time, Tim enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, and cheering on the WVU Mountaineers.
Joseph R. Ferretti
Joe Ferretti has been representing individuals in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia since co-founding the firm of Hammer Ferretti & Schiavoni along with his two partners in 1992. In 2018 after the retirement of Mr. Schiavoni and the election of Mr. Hammer to Circuit Court Judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit the law firm of Ferretti Law Office, PLLC was formed which operated until Manchin Ferretti was started in 2020. In 33 years of professional associations, he has been committed to providing effective and personable service while ensuring success for his clients. He has successfully litigated or resolved cases for numerous clients with claims arising from auto accidents, pedestrian and cycling accidents, faulty home construction, medical malpractice and a variety of injury and death claims.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 with a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science and the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law in 1987, he began his legal career as an associate with a large West Virginia insurance defense firm. During his years there he litigated and tried to verdict numerous cases as defense counsel in motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice cases. Current clients benefit from his prior experiences regarding defense strategies and trial tactics.
Through trial work and successful mediations, arbitrations and settlement negotiations Mr. Ferretti and his law firms have obtained verdicts, awards and compensation for clients that now exceed $165 million dollars. While past success in any case is not indicative of the kind of results to be expected in future legal matters Mr. Ferretti has the training and experience to develop an effective plan to increase the chances of success in your case. This will be evident in your initial, free consultation.
Mr. Ferretti is a member of and has served the following professional organizations: Eastern Panhandle Bar Association Board of Directors, West Virginia Bar Association, West Virginia Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice. He has also been an active member of the community serving on the board of several organizations and civic groups, including Berkeley Senior Services Board of Directors, Tuscarora Ruritan Club Board of Directors, and past service to the St. Joseph’s School Board and to St. Joseph’s Parish Pastoral Council.
Joe enjoys radio broadcasting and has been heard over the airwaves for many years on local stations WEPM and WRNR in Martinsburg, currently serving as a co-host and frequent guest on WRNR’s Eastern Panhandle Talk morning program discussing legal issues, politics and matters of interest locally. He also enjoys hunting, fly fishing and golf in his spare time. He raised three daughters in the Martinsburg community and continues to reside there with his wife, Penny, and beloved bird dog Laci.
Laura C. Davis
With more than 20 years of experience litigating insurance bad faith, personal injury, and wrongful death claims, Laura Davis brings to Manchin Ferretti extensive knowledge and expertise. Laura Davis is well-respected by both her peers in the legal community and her clients alike.
Over her career, Laura Davis has obtained many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured people and their families. She has a perfect score of 10 on AVVO, a leading consumer website for information about attorneys. In 2018, she was designated as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Insurance Coverage litigation, an honor given to only 0.05 of attorneys in West Virginia.
Since 2009, Laura has been an active member of the West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ), the state’s largest trial lawyer organization. In 2013, she was asked to serve on WVAJ’s Board of Governors and its Education Committee and, over the years, she has given several presentations at WVAJ conventions on topics including insurance bad faith law.
Laura Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and, in 1998, she graduated from West Virginia University College of Law. Laura is admitted to practice law in West Virginia, she is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, and she is a member of the national Association for Justice. When Laura is not practicing law, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking with her husband and dogs, birding, cooking good food, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Taylor B. Downs
Taylor B. Downs is a native of Martinsburg, who learned about hard work and results from a young age by helping his grandfather on the family farm and orchard. After graduating from Martinsburg High School, Taylor earned a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Political Science from Shepherd University. Taylor went on to earn a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 2011.
Since graduating from law school, Taylor has focused on representing injured individuals throughout the State of West Virginia. In addition to being a partner at Manchin Ferretti, Taylor is also a partner in the Fairmont, WV, based office of Manchin Injury Law Group.
Taylor has successfully tried cases to jury verdict and handled all types of personal injury cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients.
Taylor has been consistently rated as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and a “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers. In addition, Taylor is Member of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and the West Virginia Association for Justice, also serving on its executive committee.
Taylor is a member of the South Fairmont Rotary, serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Marion County Rescue Squad, is a member of the Board of Directors for Augusta Development Corporation, is a former member of the West Virginia State Elections Commission, past fundraising chair for the United Way of Marion County, and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.
Taylor enjoys spending his free time with his wife and son, traveling, cooking, and going to WVU football and basketball games.