Kathy M. Finsley
Of Counsel
(304) 231-0455
Office: Wheeling
J.D. Duquesne University
M.S. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: PA | WV
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Kathy Finsley focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment and education law.

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1992-2012 General Counsel, Ohio County Board of Education
1996-2012 Human Resources Director, Ohio County Board of Education
1987-1992 Special Education Director, Ohio County Board of Education
1983-1987 West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education Coordinator
1975-1983 Ohio County Schools Speech/Language Pathologist

Speaking Engagements

"Social Media, Electronic Devices and School Employees," American Association of School Personnel Administrators, March 2015

Adjunct Instructor, Neuropathology of Speech/Language, Disability Law, West Virginia University, 1976-1993

Presented New Policy Implementation Sessions to Staff Development, 1992-2012

Presented Staff Development Sessions for School Employees/Administrators at state and local levels, 1987-2012

Key Experience

Provided general legal counsel to a board of education in the areas of personnel, property, special education, contracts, student/parent rights and policy developments
Represented local board of education at all levels of the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board, West Virginia Department of Education Citizens Appeals, employee misconduct hearings, student hearings and special education due process hearings
Conducted multiple investigations involving employee misconduct and student matters

Memberships & Awards

Chairperson, West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission
Duquesne University Law School Alumni Association