Stephen Skinner was born and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1986. During high school, he attended Mountaineer Boys State and the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating with honors in 1990. After working abroad for one year in London, he attended the West Virginia University College of Law, from which he graduated in 1994.
Stephen is a former President of the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University. He was appointed to and served on the West Virginia Commission on the Arts by then Governor Manchin, and he now serves as a member of the Shepherd University Foundation Board of Directors. From 2012-2016, Stephen served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he held leadership positions.
Stephen began his legal career by working in Charles Town with his father, John Skinner, from 1994 until 1999. He then moved to New York City, where he represented aviation disaster and other catastrophically injured victims, including victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He traveled extensively with his New York firm before returning to West Virginia in 2004.
He has handled personal injury, wrongful death, consumer rights, and products liability suits across the country. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the West Virginia Association for Justice, the Maryland Association for Justice, Public Justice, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers. In 2014, the West Virginia Association for Justice honored Stephen with the "Stanley E. Preiser Member of the Year Award." Stephen was recognized by his peers as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for being a top-rated personal injury lawyer in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Stephen has litigated high-profile cases including Jefferson County Commission v. Tennant, a congressional redistricting case which was ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court. Stephen currently represents several governmental entities in national opioid litigation.
The West Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission honored him with its Living the Dream Award for Human and Civil Rights in 2011. In 2014, WVWC awarded Stephen its Alumni Achievement Award. He was also honored with the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arts in 2014.
United States Supreme Court
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
The Northern & Southern Districts of West Virginia
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia
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Mr. Skinner helped me with a lawsuit filed against me for an old debt. I felt hopeless and was not aware of the laws regarding debt collection. He explained how the laws work and was able to get the lawsuit dropped. By Anonymous via Avvo on August 26, 2016
I was beyond pleased with my experience at Skinner Law Firm. Everything happened in a very timely manner, they kept me informed every step of the way, and better yet, the final result was way better than I even imagined. I would absolutely recommend Skinner Law Firm and plan on using their services with any other legal matters I may have. By Crystal via Avvo on July 1, 2015
Pleasure to work with
Stephen was able to help me in a credit dispute matter that not only resulted in having the debt removed but also was able to get some restitution from the credit card company for ignoring my rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Very knowledgeable, from the initial phone call Stephen let me know he would be able to help, I felt well taken care of. By Keith via Avvo on June 25, 2015
Skinner Law and specifically Stephen Skinner, were able to secure a quick settlement between a local auto dealer that clearly violated consumer trust laws with 45 days of retaining the firm for the services. Stephen's knowledge of consumer law put the defendant in a corner that left no recourse but to settle. I highly recommended Skinner Law for their local presence, knowledge of the law and personal touch while guiding a client through difficult times. By Steve via Avvo on June 24, 2015