Melissa H. Luce

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Charleston, WV

Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC
 | 500 Randolph Street, Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304-506-2895
Fax: 304-344-3684
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    After practicing law for nearly 20 years in New Jersey and New York, Melissa “Missy” Luce returned to West Virginia to join Stuart Calwell's firm, The Calwell Practice, LC. After being elevated to Managing Attorney for several years, Mr. Calwell ultimately asked Ms. Luce and another colleague, Dante' diTrapano, to join him as partners in rebranding the firm to Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC in January 2019 to solidify its long-term growth.

    Ms. Luce's practice primarily focuses on medical malpractice, birth injury/trauma, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, wrongful death, construction injuries, and personal injury litigation. She is licensed to practice law in various state and federal courts in West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits.

    Ms. Luce is AV Preeminent® Peer Rated, an honor bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell® for achieving the highest level of professional excellence for her legal knowledge, communication, and ethical standards. As a result of her extensive trial and appellate work during her time in New Jersey, she was previously recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction earned by less than one percent of New Jersey's legal profession.

    Ms. Luce graduated magna cum laude and on the Dean’s List from Davis & Elkins College in 1983, including a semester of study abroad at Oxford University, and received her Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law in 1986 where she was honored as the Outstanding Graduate.

    Born in Fayetteville, West Virginia, she resides in Charleston and is an avid outdoors enthusiast, having formerly been a whitewater guide on the world-renowned New River. She takes particular delight in having bungee jumped, skydived, and hang-glided in many different countries, although she is now retired from such ventures!

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    About Melissa Luce

    Admitted: 1986, West Virginia

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1% (2018-2019)
    • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - 10 Best Law Firm for Client Satisfaction in Personal Injury (2019-2020)
    • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    • Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
    • Diversity Law Institute, Member
    • Lawyers of Distinction (2019)
    • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney (2015-16, 2018)
    • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Super Lawyers, West Virginia Plaintiff Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (2020)
    • Trial Law Institute, Member
    • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow (2020; induction ceremony postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions) 

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney (previously recognized while practicing law in New Jersey)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • West Virginia State Bar, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1986
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1986
    • New Jersey State Bar, 1991
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1991
    • Pennsylvania State Bar, 2000
    • New York State Bar, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2003
    • American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group
    • Injury Board
    • New Jersey American Association for Justice, Board of Governors (inactive)
    • West Virginia Association for Justice

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Davis & Elkins College, Member, Board of Trustees (1987-1998, 2003-2012)
    • Project Hope
    • Project Serve in the Dominican Republic, 1982
    • Special Olympics
    • Trial Lawyers Care, Volunteer Attorney to victims/families of 9-11 tragedy
    • YMCA, basketball coach

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 'Determining and Proving Damages,' National Business Institute, Inc.
    • 'Truth Telling and Disclosure of Medical Errors,' guest speaker, Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, New Jersey, November 18, 2005
    • 'Ensuring Fair Play in Game to Get Medical Records,' New Jersey Law Journal, January 20, 2003
    • 'The Business of Litigation: When to Say Yes or No,' ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation Seminar, February 27, 1999
    • 'Legal Issues in Patient Counseling,' Menopause Management, May 1994


    • Board of Education, County of Kanawha v. McCuskey, 403 S.E.2d 17 (W. Va. 1991)
    • Brown v. South Street Presbyterian Church, Docket No. A-3952-98 (App. Div. 2000) (unpublished)
    • Burton v. Schiavone Construction Co., Inc., Docket No. A-3097-00T5 (App. Div. 2003) (unpublished)
    • Cavallaro v. Jamco Prop. Mgt., 334 N.J. Super. 557 (App. Div. 2000)
    • Correia v. Sherry, 335 N.J. Super. 50 (Law Div. 2000)
    • Kosnoski v. Howeley, 976 F.2d 726 (4th Cir. 1992) (unpublished)
    • Kosnoski v. Howeley, 33 F.3d 376 (4th Cir. 1994)
    • Paul v. National Life, 352 S.E.2d (W. Va. 1986), 63 A.L.R. 4th 155
    • Taywood Mining, Inc. v. Wellman, 867 F.2d 609 (4th Cir. 1989) (unpublished)
    • Torrence v. Kusminsky, 408 S.E.2d 684 (W. Va. 1991)


    • For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the AV® Preeminent™ rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can depend on this important, trusted rating. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Melissa H. Luce  has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., 1986), Honors: Named Outstanding Graduate (1986), Patrick Duffy Koontz Award (1986), Moot Court Board Member (1983-1986), Law School Council President (1985-1986), Intern for Office of U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV (1985)
    • Davis & Elkins College (1983), Majors: History and Political Science, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Dean's List, Oxford University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England (1981), Student Government President, Governor's Advisory Board of Students, Intercollegiate Women's Basketball and Tennis Teams
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    Office Location for Melissa H. Luce

    500 Randolph Street
    Charleston, WV 25302

    Phone: 304-506-2895

    Fax: 304-344-3684

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