Geraldine S. “Gerry” Roberts

Geraldine S. “Gerry” Roberts

Geraldine S. Roberts is a Pittsburgh native who has been a trial lawyer for over 31 years, offering skilled insurance defense and all aspects of civil litigation. She focuses primarily on state and federal litigation throughout West Virginia. Gerry has successfully represented numerous insurance companies in all aspects of defense litigation, including defense of insureds, insurance coverage issues, and insurance bad faith claims. In practice, she has effectively defended numerous trucking companies and owner/operators against a variety of claims.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Insurance Bad Faith Claims
  • Extra-Contractual Liability and Bad Faith
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation

Experience

Gerry is a dedicated and successful trial lawyer who has worked in the legal field for over 40 years. She joined the law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia in 1978. 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 McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, L.C. in 1994 and became a shareholder.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Current

American Bar Association (ABA)

Randolph County Bar Association

Harrison County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Past

Member, Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar

State Bar-approved Mediator

Adjunct Professor (Appellate Advocacy), West Virginia University College of Law

Education

Gerry graduated from Seton Hill College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. After moving to Morgantown, WV, and teaching in Preston and Tucker counties for several years, she resumed her passion in the field of law in 1974 and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law.

Bar Admission

Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

West Virginia Bar

Community Involvement

Elkins City Council

Mountain State Forest Festival

Elkins Youth Soccer

Randolph County Humane Society

Habitat for Humanity

Elkins YMCA

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.