Geraldine S. Roberts is a shareholder of McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C. and has been since 1994. Gerry is primarily involved in the firm’s litigation department and her practice covers both state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.
Gerry acquired her law license over 31 years ago. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Norwin Senior High School in North Huntington Township, Pennsylvania. In 1971, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Seton Hill College. Upon graduation, she moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, and taught school in Preston County and Tucker County, West Virginia. She left her teaching position in 1974 to attend the West Virginia University College of Law.
Following her graduation from law school, Gerry joined the law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1980, Gerry moved to Elkins, West Virginia, and shortly thereafter, she began her tenure as Senior Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Maxwell, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. During her time as Judge Maxwell’s law clerk, she helped coordinate the first settlement week in West Virginia and was trained as one of the first group of court-approved mediators in 1987. She returned to private practice in Elkins in 1988. She joined this firm in 1992 and in January 1994, she became a partner. Her primary practice areas are insurance defense litigation and all aspects of civil litigation. She has represented numerous insurance companies in all aspects of defense litigation, including defense of insureds, insurance coverage issues and insurance bad faith. In the area of practice, she has had numerous cases involving the defense of trucking companies or owner/operators. Gerry is a former member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar and a State Bar approved mediator. She has served as an adjunct professor at West Virginia University College of Law, where she taught appellate advocacy. Gerry is a member of the Randolph County Bar Association, Harrison County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.
When not at work, Gerry has been engaged in a variety of community-related activities, including the Elkins City Council, Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins Youth Soccer, Randolph County Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Elkins YMCA. Gerry is also a long-standing member of the West Virginia Hospital Finance Authority.
Gerry is the mother of two children, Ben and Kate. Ben is currently the owner of his own construction and homebuilding company and Kate is a recent WVU law school graduate clerking for the Honorable Louis Bloom, Circuit Judge for Kanawha County, West Virginia.
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– James N. Riley (Director/President)