Calwell Luce diTrapano Attorneys Named to 2020 West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Charleston, W.Va., May 12, 2020 — Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC, renowned for its successful legal battles against corporate giants such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and American Water, announced that two of its attorneys have been selected to the 2020 West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.


Melissa H. Luce, the firm's Managing Partner, was selected to the West Virginia Super Lawyers list, and Benjamin D. Adams was selected to the West Virginia Rising Stars list. No more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to the Super Lawyers list by the research team at Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are selected to the Rising Stars list. Candidates are selected annually on a state-by-state basis.

Luce has earned a reputation as a formidable plaintiff's lawyer and focuses on medical malpractice, birth trauma and injuries, pharmaceutical litigation, products liability, construction injuries, and wrongful death. In addition to West Virginia, Luce is a member of the bars of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, Luce achieved recognition as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction earned by only 1 percent of the attorneys in the state, and served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association for Justice. Luce is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and was recently named a 2020 Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, which had to postpone its induction ceremony because of the COVID-19 crisis. Luce is also AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the highest level of professional excellence for her legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.


This is the fifth consecutive year Adams has been selected to the West Virginia Rising Stars list. Rising Stars candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or have practiced law for 10 years or less. Adams' main practice areas include catastrophic and general personal injuries, medical negligence, inmate injuries, environmental contamination, toxic torts, and products liability. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and is also AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Adams was elected in 2018 as an at-large member of the Charleston City Council, serves on the West Side Board of Advisors for Charleston Main Streets, and is a member of the Board of the Charleston Land Reuse Agency.

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With more than two centuries of combined experience, the lawyers at Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC practice throughout West Virginia and are also licensed in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Its legal team focuses on plaintiff litigation in matters such as medical malpractice, birth injuries, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, wrongful death, products liability and defective products, pharmaceutical injuries, complex class action litigation, property damage, workplace injuries, nursing home abuse and negligence, environmental contamination, nuisance actions related to blasting and flooding, defending the rights of people injured or killed while incarcerated in jails or prisons across the country, general personal injury, and criminal law.