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Melissa Luce

Melissa “Missy” Luce returned to West Virginia from New Jersey in 2008 after nearly 20 years. Her more than 25 years of experience is an asset to Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC. Missy is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and federal courts. While in New Jersey, Missy was certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction earned by less than one percent of the legal profession in New Jersey. Missy is also AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for ethical and legal ability, which indicates that her peers have ranked her at the highest level of professional excellence, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Prior to joining our law firm, Missy handled medical malpractice and general personal injury litigation cases for New Jersey law firm Stephen S. Weinstein, PA, from April 1994 to 2008. Before moving to New Jersey, she spent her first six years of practice in Charleston as a lawyer for Di Trapano & Jackson. Her practice continues to focus on medical malpractice and pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, wrongful death, construction injuries and automobile accidents. Missy also serves as Managing Attorney at Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC.

Missy enjoys contributing to various programs in our community, including the Special Olympics and Project Hope, and she has volunteered as a youth basketball coach for the YMCA. In 1982, she participated in mission work for Project Serve in the Dominican Republic. While in New Jersey, she served as counsel to the Morris County Democratic Committee from 2002 until leaving New Jersey. She was a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of Northern New Jersey's Board of Trustees from 2001 until her return home to West Virginia. Following the September 11, 2001 tragedy, she served as a volunteer attorney for Trial Lawyers Care, providing free legal representation to victims and their families. Missy has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater Davis and Elkins College, a position she held from 1987 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2012.

Bar admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1986
  • New Jersey State Bar, 1991
  • U. S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1991
  • Pennsylvania State Bar, 2000
  • New York State Bar, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2003


  • J. D., West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV, 1986
    • Named Outstanding Graduate, WVU College of Law, 1986
    • Patrick Duffy Koontz Award, 1986
    • Moot Court Board Member 1983-1986
    • Law School Council, President 1985-1986
    • Office of U. S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV, Intern 1985
  • Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV, 1983
    • Magna cum laude
    • History and political science majors
    • Oxford University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England, 1981
    • Dean's list
    • Student Government, President
    • Governor's Advisory Board of Students
    • Intercollegiate women's basketball and tennis teams


  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney while an attorney practicing in New Jersey


Publications and Lectures

  • "Determining and Proving Damages," National Business Institute, Inc.
  • "Legal Issues in Patient Counseling," Menopause Management, May 1994
  • "The Business of Litigation: When to Say Yes or No," ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation Seminar, February 27, 1999
  • "Ensuring Fair Play in Game to Get Medical Records," New Jersey Law Journal, January 20, 2003
  • Guest speaker, "Truth Telling and Disclosure of Medical Errors," Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, New Jersey, November 18,2005

Reported cases

  • Cavallaro v. Jamco Prop. Mgt., 334 N.J.Super. 557 (App.Div.2000)
  • Correia v. Sherry, 335 N.J.Super. 50 (Law Div, 2000)
  • Kosnoski v. Howeley, 33 F.3d 376 (4th Cir. 1994)
  • Torrence v. Kusminsky, 408 S.E.2d 684 (W.Va. 1991)
  • Board of Education, County of Kanawha v. McCuskey, 403 S.E.2d 17 (W.Va. 1991)
  • Paul v. National Life, 352 S.E.2d (W.Va. 1986), 63 A.L.R.4th 155

Unpublished cases

  • Kosnoski v. Howeley, 976 F.2d 726 (4th Cir. 1992)
  • Taywood Mining, Inc. v. Wellman, 867 F.2d 609 (4th Cir. 1989)
  • Brown v. South Street Presbyterian Church, Docket No. A-3952-98 (App.Div. 2000)
  • Burton v. Schiavone Construction Co., Inc., Docket No. A-3097-00T5 (App.Div. 2003)