Areas of Practice
(click each for more information)
Personal Injury &
Dan Ringer provides representation in all manner
of personal injury and tort matters. Dan is an experienced trial
lawyer. He served as a member of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers
Association Board of Governors for approximately 10 years, and
received the Trial Lawyer's President's Award in 2001. He was a
member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar for
7 years, and was president of the West Virginia State Bar in
One of the least understood aspects of personal injury law is
that you must not rush to completion. Make sure your injuries are
fully understood. Too often people are in a hurry to "get a
settlement." Anyone can settle a case quickly - you just take what
the insurance company offers. We will resolve your case properly.
Proper case resolution takes time and attention to the facts,
injuries and client. You and your case will get that attention.
Mediation (Alternate Dispute Resolution)
is a trained mediator, certified by the West Virginia State Bar and
participated in dozens of mediations.
We encourage mediation as a generally successful method of
resolving disputes, saving the time and expense of a trial. But not
every case should or can be resolved through mediation. We believe
that in appropriate cases a jury should be asked to resolve a case.
We will be at your side at every step - in both mediation and
appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in
numerous cases and before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He
maintains a complete law library in print and electronic (computer)
form and has access to the West Virginia University College of Law
Library, the largest law library in West Virginia, just 10 minutes
from his office.
Dan holds a master's degree in business
administration and maintains an extensive practice in assisting with
business organization and in the conduct of all types of businesses,
including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability
companies, limited liability partnerships, and corporations. We can
help you in all aspects of your business, including employee matters
and the negotiation and application of the contracts necessary in
the business world.
More and more people are choosing
to come or return to West Virginia for their retirement. As a result
the residents of West Virginia have the highest average age of any
state in the U.S., and Morgantown is the home of the largest number
of health care providers in the state. We are particularly aware of
the legal needs of our seniors and can provide assistance for all
your requirements, and those of your family.
General practice defines a
full service law firm. We provide legal assistance in all areas of
the law and maintain the professional relationships necessary to
refer and coordinate your matter with other attorneys in those areas
requiring very specific skills, such as patent law, tax law or the
planning of complex estates. This ensures that your matter receives
the specific, special attention sometimes necessary, but also allows
you to deal with an attorney you know.
Land Use & Zoning
Dan has provided
representation in numerous land use/zoning matters before municipal
boards and in circuit court. He is a former municipal judge for
Westover, West Virginia; former counsel to the Westover Board of
Zoning Appeals; and member of the Westover Municipal Charter Board.
Dan was also co-chair of the Morgantown-Westover Merger Committee.
Dan throughly understands the working of municiple governments.
is an experienced trial attorney, providing representation in both
civil and criminal matters. In civil matters he usually represents
plaintiffs and has handled numerous personal injury and property
damage cases. He can provide defense services in appropriate
matters. In criminal law we have defended numerous first degree
murder, rape and embezzlement cases, and hundreds of "lesser"
criminal matters. He also regularly handles administrative law
matters involving disputes with governmental agencies and
Dan is the former First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for
Monongalia County, WV, and served for approximately 10 years as a
member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers
Association. He received the Trial Lawyers President's Award in
Real Estate &
Dan Ringer has practiced real estate law for
more than 25 years, is an approved attorney for every banking
institution in northern West Virginia, and is an approved attorney
for Lawyers Title Insurance Company. He represents buyers, sellers,
lending institutions and real estate agents and brokers. Services
range from simple document preparation to complete title examination
and closing services.
If you are buying or selling a home without the services of an
agent, he can make sure that all of the details are covered. If you
are selling your own property (a "FSBO" seller (For Sale by Owner))
he can help you by preparing a written, enforcible, real estate
purchase agreement (contract). If you are a buyer, he can lead you
to the inspectors, bankers and other professionals you need - and
may not know you need.
Media - Television
Dan Ringer has worked with
West Virginia Public Television since 1987. He has consulted on
legal matters, provided legal representation and legislative
Dan also has hundreds of hours of on-air television broadcast
experience. He produces and hosts The Law Works, a weekly
legal topics series for West Virginia PBS, and was a regular host
and assisted in the production of 2 prior weekly series. He has
hosted and produced several special event programs. Dan also
frequently appears on those pesky Public Television pledge
is experienced in contract negotiation, preparation, drafting and
amendment in all areas of the law, including the computer industry,
real estate, employment, business of all types, and the health care
industry. Reading a contract is sometimes easy, but recognizing the
significance of its terms, and MISSING terms is extremely important.
No one regrets having a contract or reviewed by an attorney. Many
regret not having one or having one reviewed.
Dan has taught education law (both
public school and higher education) for West Virginia University and
frequently lectures on education law to other groups. He has
extensive experience in public school law, including college and
university law, and has represented numerious employees before the
West Virginia Education and State Employee Grievance Board.
practices all aspects of family law, including premarital
counseling, divorce, paternity, adoption, custody and support. Dan
has lectured on family law issues on behalf of the West Virginia
Continuing Legal Education Program at the West Virginia University
College of Law, and has hosted and produced numerous television
programs concerning family law issues on behalf of West Virginia
Public Television. He understands the emotional trauma associated
with divorce and actively encourages mediation in family law
Labor & Employment
Ours is one of a very
few law firms in the Morgantown area representing both employers and
employees in employment related issues. Dan Ringer has represented
many state and university/college employees in grievances filed
through the West Virginia Education and State Employees Grievance
System, and has extensive experience in the representation of health
care employers and physician groups.