Charlotte Ann Hoffman Norris

Charlotte Ann Hoffman Norris

Of Counsel
Location:
Huntington, West Virginia
Phone:
304-521-4571
866-617-4736
Fax:
304-523-2347
Email:

Charlotte has over 26 years of experience practicing employment law, healthcare law, professional licensure and malpractice, commercial law, insurance coverage, and product liability law. She recently expanded her areas of practice to include special education law, as a natural extension of her employment law practice and issues of disability accommodation. Charlotte also has represented financial industry clients before FINRA. Her experience includes serving for 2 years as in-house general counsel to a hospital client. Throughout her career, Charlotte's professional focus has been to provide her clients with the tools necessary to obtain the best results whether the issues involved personnel management, negotiated transaction or adversarial proceedings.

Charlotte graduated from Agnes Scott College and Washington and Lee University School of Law. As an undergraduate, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board Society, and graduated with High Honors. As a law student, she was appointed to serve as Co-Director of the Western State Hospital Legal Aid Society.

In 2016, Charlotte was recognized by Chambers U.S.A. for Employment Litigation. She also has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America under the categories of Employment Law Management, ERISA Litigation and Healthcare Law. Best Lawyers honored Charlotte in 2016 as one of its Women Lawyers of the Year (West Virginia).
Charlotte is admitted to practice in all of the courts of West Virginia and Kentucky, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits. She is a Member of the West Virginia Bar Association, the Cabell County (WV) Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia ("DTCWV"), and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Charlotte is a past Chair of the Employment Law Committee for DTCWV.

Charlotte has lectured to professional groups in multiple areas of employment law, as well as on issues involving managing troubled professionals, medical malpractice defense, physician-patient communications, health information management, mental health law, psychiatric forensics, and elder and child abuse law. She has also published articles on psychiatric malpractice, medical monitoring, the Privacy Standards under HIPAA, and EMTALA.

In addition to her professional activities, Charlotte is a Member of the 2016 Class for Leadership West Virginia and currently serves on the Boards of the Facing Hunger Food Bank and Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc. She lives in Huntington with her husband and son.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Employment Law
  • 20% Commercial Litigation
  • 20% Professional Malpractice and Licensure
  • 10% Commercial General Advisory
  • 10% Special Education

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers U.S.A.- Employment Litigation (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Cabell County (WV) Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Classes/Seminars

  • “Privacy Issues and Production of Medical Records- A Review of State and Federal Law,” West Virginia Mental Health & the Law Seminar, PESI, Charleston, West Virginia (August 2015)(Presenter/Co-Author)
  • “Employment Verification: What Employers Need to Know About 1-9 Compliance and E-Verify,” Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services, Huntington, West Virginia (June 2014)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law Claims: Getting Started- Bringing the Claims/Defending the Claims,” National Business Institute, Charleston, West Virginia (March 2014)
  • “Insurance Claims Handling and the West Virginia Human Rights Act: What to Expect if the June 11, 2010 Decision in Michael v. Appalachian Heating, LLC Stands,” Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia-Insurance Law Committee (September 2010)
  • “Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em, Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run: Employment Risk Management Issues for Health Care Professionals,” C.E. Alliance Seminar, Huntington, West Virginia (July 2004)
  • Co-Presenter “An Update on Employment Law for the West Virginia Employer” - Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Huntington, West Virginia (March, 2004)
  • Co-Presenter “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for West Virginia Judicial System: A Practical Guide to Promote Order and Avoid Potential Chaos” West Virginia Fall Judicial Conference- Morgantown, West Virginia (October, 2003)
  • “Physician Risk Management: End of Life Decision Making,” Marshall University Medical School Residency Program, Huntington, West Virginia (January 2000)
  • “Physician Risk Management: Physician/Patient Communications,” Marshall University Medical School Residency Program, Huntington, West Virginia (September 1999)
  • Co-Presenter “Medical Malpractice: Primary Care Malpractice- Lay and Nursing Staff Issues,” Marshall University Medical School Residency Program, Huntington, West Virginia (September 1995)

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Agnes Scott College, Decatur
    • B.A., History – 1987
    • Honors: With Honors

Representative Cases

  • Medical Assurance of West Virginia, Inc. v. U.S., 233 Fed Appx. 235 (4th Cir. 2007)
  • Huff v. J.H. Fletcher & Co., 112 F3d 1232 (4th Cir. 1997)
  • Baber v. Hospital Corp. of America, 977 F2d 872(4th Cir. 1992)
  • Atchison v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, CA 3:11-0039, 2012 WL 851114 (S.D.W.Va., March 13, 2012)
  • Osborn v. King, 570 F. Supp.2d 839 (S.D.WV 2008)
  • Moore v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 3:95-0873, 1998 WL 917817 (S.D.W.Va,. Sept. 29, 1998)
  • Burnworth v. George, 231 W.Va. 711, 749 S.E.2d 604 (2013)
  • Rose v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 215 W.Va. 250, 599 S.E.2d 673 (2004)
  • Harrison v. Davis, 197 W.Va. 651, 478 S.E.2d 104 (1996)
  • Staten v. Dean, 195 W.Va. 57, 464 S.E.2d 576 (1995)
  • Boyle v. Boyle, 194 W.Va. 124, 459 S.E.2d 401 (1995)
  • Birthisel v. Tri-Cities Health Services Corp., 188 W.Va. 371, 424 S.E.2d 606 (1992)

Published Works

  • “EMTALA in the 21st Century: The Cornerstone of Care for Uninsured and Underinsured,” DRI For the Defense Vol. 47, No. 11 (November 2005)
  • Co-Author, “Aided in Agency Relationship Doctrine: How Narrow is the Opening to Pandora’s Box of Employer Vicarious Liability?” International Assoc. of Defense Counsel Employment Law Newsletter (June 2004)
  • Co-Author, “The Privacy Standards Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: A Practical Guide to Promote Order and Avoid Potential Chaos” West Virginia Law Review Volume 106, Number 3 (Spring 2004)
  • “Medical Monitoring Claims in West Virginia”- 50 State Survey of Medical Monitoring: A Report of the Pharmaceuticals and Biologicals Subcommittee of the Product Liability Committee, American Bar Association- Section of Litigation (November 2001)
  • Co-Author, “Psychiatric Malpractice: Defense Considerations When the Patient Commits Suicide,” International Assoc. of Defense Counsel Medical Negligence Newsletter (July 1997)

Past Employment Positions

  • Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, Of Counsel, September 2016 - Present
  • Farrell, White & Legg PLLC, Member, February 2011 - August 2016
  • Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, PLLC, Member, May, 2003 - January 2011
  • River Park Hospital, General Counsel, 2001 - August, 2003
  • Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, L.C., Member, 1998 - 2000
  • Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, L.C., Associate, 1995 - 1997
  • Jenkins, Fenstermaker, Krieger, Kayes, Farrell, Associate, 1990 - 1995
  • Jenkins, Fenstermaker, Krieger, Kayes, Farrell, Law Clerk, 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Facing Hunger Food Bank, Board Member, 2014 - Present
  • Prestera Centers for Mental Health Services, Board Member, 2016 - Present