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Karen Hamrick Miller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Charleston, WV

Miller & Amos
2 Hale Street, Suite 301
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-343-7910
Fax: 304-343-7915
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed in West Virginia Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer (50%), Employment Litigation: Defense (20%), Business/Corporate (10%), General Litigation (10%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Karen Hamrick Miller is a partner with Miller & Amos law firm in Charleston, West Virginia. Recognized as among the top trial lawyers in her region, Ms. Miller provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Labor consultation for management

·       Employment and labor law

·       General civil litigation

·       Medical malpractice

·       National Labor Relations Act issues

As an attorney, Ms. Miller routinely counsels commercial clients and employers in all areas of labor and employment law while providing training for sexual harassment, workplace violence, drug-free workplace matters and other day-to-day employment-related practices. She is also a highly tenacious trial lawyer who aggressively pursues the favorable outcomes her clients expect and deserve regarding their serious and complex legal challenges involving employment law and other aspects of their businesses' operations.

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Miller has received the Certificate of Merit in recognition of outstanding contribution and service to the legal community from the West Virginia State Bar's Young Lawyers Section as well as Recognition with Grateful Appreciation from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia for Service to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the Bar and the citizens of West Virginia.

Moreover, in 2018, she was awarded honorary membership to the Mountain Honorary of West Virginia University, and was a 2019 recipient of WVU College of Law's Lawyers and Leaders Award. She has also received many consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A 1977 magna cum laude graduate of the West Virginia University, Ms. Miller received her Master of Science in industrial relations from the school in 1979, where she was a member of the Industrial Relations Honor Society. She then returned to her alma mater and obtained her Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1982, and she was a member of the moot court board and the Moot Court Team during the Wagner Competition from 1980 to 1981.

Ms. Miller is admitted to practice before all West Virginia state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. She also holds her admission to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%General Litigation
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Litigation, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021

About Karen Hamrick Miller

First Admitted: 1982, West Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.karenmillerlaborlaw.com/index.cfm/attorneys/karen...

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member of the West Virginia State Bar, 1982
  • Member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, 1982
  • Member of the Kanawha County Bar Association, 1982
  • Member of the American Bar Association, 1982

Newsletters

  • Client Newsletter for April 2019, The "Pattern of Failing" Law and Unemployment Compensation
  • Client Newsletter for July 2017, Medicare Revalidation and Deactivation
  • Client Newsletter for April 2017, Recent Legislative Action - Covenants not to Compete in Physician Contracts
  • Client Newsletter for November 2016, Update on Important Labor and Employment Law Matters
  • Client Newsletter for December 2015, Upcoming Increase in West Virginia State Minimum Wage
  • Client Newsletter for September 2015, Update of Various Issues Concerning Health Care Providers
  • Client Newsletter for July 2015, Changes to the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act and Anticipated Changes to the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Client Newsletter for December 2014, Increase in Minimum Wage
  • Client Newsletter for November 2014, Executive Order - Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Educational Background

  • M.S., Industrial Relations, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1979
  • B.A., Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1977

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Learn Your Rights as an Employer. Stop Employee Grievances and Lawsuits, 2017
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Save Yourself Time, Money and Headaches: Terminate Employees the Easy Way, 2017
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Division of Public Transit, Lecturer and Author, West Virginia’s New “Right to Work” Legislation and Other Statutory Issues, 2016
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Lecturer and Author, Employee Guidelines, 2015
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for Thomas Memorial Hospital, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar: Hiring and Firing: What to Do and What Not to Do, 2015
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Advanced Worker's Compensation, 2014
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar: Employment Issues – How to Handle Them Without Legal Ramifications, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Hiring and Firing – What to do and What Not to do, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Medical Malpractice – Why Its Out of Control and How Can I Stop It?, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Sexual Harassment and Why Its Out of Control, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Division of Public Transit, Lecturer and Author, Social Media, Respect and How to Get Employees to do What you Want, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Employment Law for Lawyers, 2013
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Hiring and Firing: What to Do and What Not to Do, 2012
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Sexual Harassment and Why It's Out of Control, 2012
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Community Action Partnership, Lecturer and Author, Supervising Effectively, 2012
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar: Answers to Every Employer Question, 2012
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar: Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2011
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Community Action Partnership, Lecturer and Author, Employment Law for Managers and Supervisors, 2011
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar: Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2011
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC, Lecturer and Author, Sexual Harassment Training, 2010
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Raleigh County Community Action Association, Lecturer and Author, Drugs and Alcohol; Sexual Harassment; and Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2010
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for Mountain Heart Child Care Resource and Referral Annual Management Institute, Lecturer and Author, Childcare Liability and the Law, 2009
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, The Lawyer as an Employer, 2009
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the North Central West Virginia Community Action Association, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2008
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the National Head Start Association in Wheeling, West Virginia, Lecturer and Author, Employment Law, 2008
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2008
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Community Action Partnership Educational Conference at the Resort at Glade Springs, Lecturer and Author, Employment Law, 2008
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2007
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Head Start Association, Lecturer and Author, Drug Free Workplace, 2007
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, The Lawyer as an Employer, 2007
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2006
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits, 2005
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2005
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, 2004
  • Seminar Handbook for the West Virginia Department of Public Transportation, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2003
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Lecturer and Author, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, 2003
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Wayne County Community Services Organization, Lecturer and Author, Training for the Future, 2002
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Employee Lawsuits, 2002
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the West Virginia Directors Association of Seniors and Community Service, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar, 1999
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for Davis Stuart, Inc., Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar, 1999
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Preventing Personnel Lawsuits, 1997
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Understanding Personnel Law Practice, 1995
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Practice without Personnel Problems, 1995
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar, 1993
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Management Team Seminar for Shawnee Hills, Lecturer and Author, Wrongful Termination Theories, 1989
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Understanding Personnel Law Practices, 1989
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, How to Hire and Fire and Avoid Legal Harassment, 1988
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Association of Community Mental Health/Mental Retardation Programs of West Virginia, Inc., Lecturer and Author, Current Personnel Policies and the Employment at Will Theory, 1988
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Personnel Seminar on Avoiding Labor Problems, 1987
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for Smart Temporary Services, Lecturer and Author, Human Rights and Interviewing, 1987
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, EEOC/State Human Rights, 1986
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, 1981 Amendment to the Human Rights Act, 1986
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the Kanawha Valley Memorial Hospital, Lecturer and Author, In- House Training, 1986
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, Protecting Your Company Against Employee Lawsuits, 1986
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, Employment Security, 1986
  • Seminar Handbook, Lecturer and Author, A Preventive Approach to Avoid Future Lawsuits, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Dealing with "Problem" Employees, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, Workers' Compensation - Unemployment, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, EEOC/State Human Rights, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, Wage and Hour, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for McDonalds, Lecturer and Author, Training Seminar, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop for the PIAS Monthly Program, Lecturer and Author, Workers' Compensation - Unemployment Law, 1985
  • Seminar Handbook and Workshop, Lecturer and Author, Establishing an Open Shop Company and Maintaining Union Free Status, 1985
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Pattern Jury Instructions, Committee Member and Drafter, Pattern Jury Instructions

Pro bono/Community Service

  • WVU College of Law Visiting Committee - 2017-2020, 2017
  • West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Panelist, 2016
  • Highland Hospital Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors 2014-2016, 2014
  • West Virginia College of Law Campaign Committee 2013-2017, 2013
  • Junior League of Charleston (1989 - Sustained in 1996), Communications and Vice President, Fund Raiser Chair, Volunteer Scholarship Chair, Arrangements and Social Chairman, 1989
  • Kanawha County Correctional Officer Civil Service Commission, Vice President, 1988
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, President 1991-1992, 1991
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, Secretary 1988-1989, 1988
  • West Virginia University College of Law Moot Court Board, Volunteer Judge
  • West Virginia Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Member

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Chris Bukant v. Marty’s Tire Store of South Charleston, Inc. and William T. Kepple, Jr., individually      Case No.: 16-C-166    “Agreed Dismissal Order,” entered March 30, 2018 Voluntary Dismissal of Defendant without payment, 2018
  • Mona K. Crumit and William E. Crumit v. Better Foods, Inc., d/b/a Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House, and Gino’s Distributing, Inc. Case No.: 18-C-34 “Order Granting Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss,” entered on December 11, 2018 (Client dismissed without payment)., 2018
  • Phyllis Hudson, as Executrix of the Estate of William Hudson, Deceased v. Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., a West Virginia corporation, Steven D. Hollosi, D.O., and Tamejiro “Tom” Takubo, Jr., D.O.        Case No.: 16-C-66      “Stipulation of Dismissal and Order,” entered November 6, 2017 Voluntary Dismissal of Client without payment, 2017
  • Christine Lawrence, Administratrix of the Estate of Rondall L. Lawrence, Jr. v. John Deel, M.D., individually, and Robby Keith, M.D., individually      Case No.: 14-C-705      “Stipulation and Order of Voluntary Dismissal of John Deel, M.D.,” entered on February 9, 2017 (Client dismissed without payment), 2017
  • Terry Wolfe, Administrator of the Estate of Nena Wolfe v. Wassim Salem Sakali, M.D. Case No. 15-C-24-H "Order Declaring Mistrial" entered on 11/05/2016 due to a hung jury. "Stipulation of Dismissal" entered on 06/02/2019 as Plaintiff chose not to refile., 2016
  • Sean Taylor Fugate, Administrator of the Estate of Glenna Sue Fugate v. Select Specialty Hospital – Charleston, Inc., a West Virginia corporation, and Kristen Price Eads, M.D.      Case No.: 13-C-279      “Order of Voluntary Dismissal,” entered on March 15, 2016 (Client dismissed without payment), 2016
  • Adrienne Grass & Associates, LLC v. David J. Patton, M.D. v. Adrienne Grass, individually d/b/a Adrienne Grass & Associates, LLC, a dissolved West Virginia limited liability company      Civil Action No.: 15-C-2483      “Agreed Dismissal Order,” entered January 6, 2015 Voluntary Dismissal of Client without payment, 2015
  • Latonia Lucious-Brown v. The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, John Blevins and Diana Blevins      Civil Action No.: 12-C-109      “Dismissal Order” entered September 15, 2015 Voluntary Dismissal of Client without payment, 2015
  • Jerry Roat and Lisa Roat v. Johnson & Johnson, a foreign corporation; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a foreign corporation; Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., a foreign corporation; Montgomery General Hospital, Inc., a West Virginia corporation; Paul Edward Jackson, M.D.; David Facello, D.O.; Stanly Gordon Kinkaid, M.D.; and Charles Porterfield, D.O.      Case No.: 13-C-248      “Order Dismissing Claims Against Charles Porterfield, D.O.,” entered May 29, 2014 Voluntary Dismissal of Client without payment, 2014
  • Marlilyn Schechter v. David J. Patton Case No. 11-C-1897 "Judgment Order" entered 01/16/2013 in favor of Client/Defendant, 2013
  • Alum Creek Pharmacy, Inc. v. Lincoln Primary Care Center, Inc., d/b/a Alum Creek Pharmacy at Sand Plant, Case No.: 13-C-409, “Rule 41 Stipulation of Dismissal Order,” entered in 2013 (Client dismissed without payment), 2013
  • Deborah L. Green, individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of Glen Daymon Green v. Princeton Community Hospital Association, Inc., a West Virginia corporation, and David A. Mullins, M.D., individually      Case No.: 07-C-803-WS      “Rule 41 Stipulation of Dismissal of David A. Mullins, M.D.,” entered August 20, 2013 (Client dismissed without payment), 2013
  • Tracy M. Blackwell, Individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of Williard J. Blackwell, II, Deceased v. Michael Burkhart, M.D., and Stephen R. Mosberg, M.D.Case No. 11-C-67 "Rule 41 Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal Order" entered 08/21/2012 (Client dismissed voluntarily without payment), 2012
  • R.E. Hamrick, M.D. v. Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc. Case No. 04-C-2518 A jury ruled in favor of the Client/Plaintiff on January 31, 2008., 2008
  • R. E. Hamrick, M.D. v. Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc. Supreme Court Case No. 33107. The Supreme Court of West Virginia found in favor of the Plaintiff on March 1, 2007
  • R. E. Hamrick, M.D., v. Stucky Case No.05-C-472 (Supreme Court Case No. 33195) The West Virginia Supreme Court granted Client/Plaintiff's Writ of Prohibition on November 30, 2006., 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Honorary Member of the Mountain Honorary, Honorary Member, Mountain Honorary, 2018
  • Awarded the West Virginia College of Law "Lawyers & Leaders" Award, Lawyers & Leaders, West Virginia College of Law, 2018
  • Awarded the Excellence Award in March of 1996, Excellence Award, Junior League of Charleston, 1996
  • The West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Section, Certificate of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution and Service in the Legal Community, Certificate of Merit, The West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Section, 1992
  • Awarded the Excellence Award in April of 1991, Excellence Award, Junior League of Charleston, 1991
  • Peer Review Rated Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell, Rated Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Supreme Court of West Virginia Acknowledgment and Appreciation for service to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Bar Association, and the Citizens of West Virginia, Acknowledgement, Supreme Court of West Virginia

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Office Location for Karen Hamrick Miller

2 Hale Street
Suite 301
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-343-7910

Fax: 304-343-7915

Last Updated: 1/19/2021

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