Chaffin Luhana - Ohio Valley Personal Injury Lawyers
Our firm represents only injured individuals and their families. We never represent the insurance companies or defendants. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, call us first. We will work hard to get you the best possible result and make sure the legal process is as easy as possible for you and your family. We will focus on maximizing your legal recovery so that you can focus on your family and your medical recovery. We are a simple phone call away. It's that easy.
Message from Managing Partner Eric Chaffin about the Opening of the Firm's Ohio Valley Office in Weirton, West Virginia
People have been asking me how it is that I am a New York City lawyer opening an office in West Virginia. Other than the fact that I am often seen greeting folks with a smile and a big hello on the street in New York City, they don't realize that I am not a New Yorker and, in fact, I am a West Virginian who was raised in the Ohio Valley just outside of Weirton. My father was a hard-working carpenter and steelworker at Weirton Steel before he died from cancer in 2006 and my mom is a Bethany College graduate with a specialty in social work. My wonderful parents taught me the importance of family, hard work and compassion for others. I was fortunate to get a top-notch education at WVU in the honors program before graduating with my law degree from a nationally ranked law school. I have been married for sixteen years to my college sweetheart, Katherine, who is a Morgantown girl, and we have two wonderful children together. In our down time, we usually are fishing or skiing with the kids or visiting with family in the tri-state area.
So, how did Katherine and I end up in New York City? In 1999, I left a prominent law firm in Pittsburgh so I could work with the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney—a federal prosecutor—in New York. This was a coveted position that was extremely competitive to get. I sought the position because the Justice Department's New York offices are known to train some of the top lawyers in the country. For me, the experience was invaluable. I learned how to investigate and better try jury cases and how to fight hard for victims. I brought to justice some of the most violent and organized criminals in the country, including members of the La Cosa Nostra (the mob), as well as Wall Street fraudsters. After living through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many people like Katherine and me who were not originally from New York left the city. For us though, we decided to embrace NY and not retreat. I worked long hours on the terrorist investigation, interviewing family members of the victims and manning the FBI command center. We also volunteered in the early days after the attacks by raising donations and collecting goods to donate to families who lost loved ones. For us, the decision to stay in New York and help the City came naturally to us from our upbringing in West Virginia—it was the neighborly thing to do and the right thing to do.
In 2003 after I finished a large corporate fraud prosecution, I left the U.S. Attorney's office to focus on being an attorney directly for the victims of corporate wrongdoing to get them just compensation. I knew that if I could successfully prosecute some of New York City's and the country's worst criminals, I could prosecute civil cases anywhere for my clients and do a lot of good in the process. I quickly rose to partnership in a nationally prominent plaintiffs' law firm and I achieved great successes for my clients—obtaining large financial recoveries for them.
In 2010, I started my own law firm, Chaffin Luhana LLP, with my law partner, Roopal Luhana. Our focus is decidedly on providing individual plaintiffs with top notch, hard-working attorneys to get them the recoveries they deserve while also making the process as easy as possible for them and their families. Roopal was born in India but is as American as one can be. Like those of us from the Ohio Valley, Roopal's parents taught her the value of hard work, the importance of family and the need to be compassionate and caring towards others. With our aligned values—we have built our law firm into a national powerhouse for the injured in society. In just three years, we have recovered over $125 million for our clients. All of these clients were individuals injured by the negligent acts of a corporation or another person. These clients came to us in their darkest hours for help and we delivered results. That makes us proud of what we do and what we stand for.
Around our office, we know that we are "Doing Good By Doing Right". That motto is what drives us to achieve great success for our clients and makes sure that our clients have a credible voice in the legal system.
Take Me Home to West Virginia
In 2006 while I was living in New York, my father was sick and dying from cancer. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with him during those difficult days. When I wasn't there, we talked daily by telephone. I promised him that one day I would come back to WV to represent the good people of the tri-state area. In 2008 I was admitted to practice in West Virginia. Now, after my training as a federal prosecutor, successful work on behalf of injured victims nationwide, and establishing what is now a nationally prominent law firm with a home office in New York City, Roopal and I are proudly opening an office in the newly built office space in my hometown, Weirton, West Virginia, to serve the Ohio Valley.
Weirton was a natural choice for our new office because it is quite simply like home to me. It is where my father was a steelworker for 30 years. It is where my grandparents lived. It is where my mom was raised. It is where my brother Tom still works as a union carpenter—a skill my dad taught him; Tom is currently a foreman on the new Weir High School. And most importantly, Weirton is located in the tri-state area near our clients in the Ohio Valley—including in West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Our firm has attorneys licensed in all three states.
Call My Hard Working Family Today
You now know my family's and my law firm's story. If you have been hurt in an accident, we want to hear your story. At Chaffin Luhana, we pride ourselves in building the best team possible to serve our clients' needs. We have great folks working with us both in Weirton and in New York. One of them is my very own mom, Carol Neeley, who is our resident social worker in Weirton. You won't find many law firms who do what we do that hire someone with that valuable background to serve their clients. We did because our clients love talking to her and appreciate her attentiveness to their needs, as well as her firm grasp of the medical and billing issues that they and their families face after an accident. And, of course, she is my mom.
Others who work with us in the Ohio Valley include Robert Walker, who has 18 years of clinical medicine experience, is a registered nurse and is also a lawyer. Robert is Counsel to the firm and his medical knowledge and experience is unique for a plaintiff’s law firm. He makes sure that our attorneys understand our clients' injuries, how the injuries were caused, what future medical care the clients need and how we can maximize their recovery. Robert is also known to make "house calls" along with our investigators to meet with clients who are simply too injured or too busy to come to our offices.
Additionally, we recently brought in Kelly Caramote as our First Contact Manager. She is in charge of initial contacts with our clients in our WV office and works closely with the attorneys to evaluate whether we can help potential clients. You may recognize Kelly who, until she joined us, was a news reporter and weekend anchor for WTOV-9 in Steubenville, Ohio near our WV office.
When you call our offices, Kelly or another member of our staff will greet you with a friendly voice. The first question Kelly or others will ask you is simply, "Are you okay?" Too often, attorneys, their staff and even doctors fail to ask injured victims this question because of the demands on their schedules. We are different. We ask how you are, identify the problem you are calling about and offer our help if we can help, and most of the time we can. You will find our people compassionate, caring and highly skilled at what they do. Our people love what they do and who they do it for—you. Once you are a client of our firm, you are like family and are always a client to us. Your legal case will resolve at some point but we will always be just a phone call away.
In short, we have a unique group of talented lawyers and staff here at Chaffin Luhana and our approach to practicing law is unique in that we are client centric and success driven. We have local lawyers who are backed by a National law firm with a National reputation for success for victims. We make the legal process easy and simple for our clients so that they can focus on the most important thing to them—their medical recovery and the well-being of their family—while we focus on producing the best possible legal result for them.
If you were hurt in an accident or by a dangerous product, call my family today. Tell us your story. It's just that easy.
Eric T. Chaffin