Ben M. McFarland
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(304) 230-2337
Office: Wheeling
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
J.D. University of Toledo College of Law
B.A. Ohio University
Licensure: PA | WV
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Biography

Ben McFarland concentrates his practice in litigation. He represents energy, construction, and general industry companies before federal, state, and appellate courts. He also represents attorneys involved in legal malpractice actions and in matters before the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel.  Finally, he routinely handles accident investigations, often counseling clients from the onset of a workplace accident and throughout the entirety of the subsequent government agency investigation.  Prior to his legal career, Mr. McFarland gained first-hand experience in the construction industry through his employment as a journeyman ironworker, during which time he was involved in the construction of the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., as well as additions and renovations to a coal-burning power plant in Ohio.

Work Experience

2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2016 Jackson Kelly PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Despite MSHA’s Contrary Position, Mobile Equipment Parked on a ‘Ready Line’ Does Not Necessarily Establish That it is “Ready” for Inspection for Purposes of the Mine Act," Aggregates Manager Magazine, Dec. 2013

"Ugly Decision in Black Beauty: Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Approves Heightened Scrutiny, and Less Clarity, Over Proposed Settlements," Aggregates Manager Magazine, Dec. 2012

Key Experience

Successfully defended large oil and gas company in multi-million dollar construction dispute involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and conspiracy
Defended multiple attorneys in various types of legal malpractice cases, including cases involving matters of first impression before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Represented large hospital in multi-million dollar insurance coverage dispute

Memberships & Awards

Professional
Named, 2014-2017 Edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars for Energy & Natural Resources Law
U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Inn of Courts
Order of the Coif
Recipient of the Burton Maddock Memorial Scholarship

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