Lee Murray Hall

Lee Murray Hall

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

Lee Hall is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1990 and joined Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC in 1993, after practicing in Louisville for three years. Upon graduation, Lee joined the Louisville, Kentucky based firm Brown Todd and Heyburn where she practiced in the litigation section.

Lee focuses her practice on insurance coverage, insurance defense, and bad faith defense. Her insurance defense practice includes municipal liability claims, motor vehicle and trucking claims, premises claims, construction accidents, deliberate intent and medical malpractice claims.

Within her insurance coverage practice, Lee routinely provides coverage opinions and files declaratory actions on cutting edge legal issues such as trigger and allocation; the number of "occurrences"; priority disputes; damages calculations; batch issues as well as the more common issues presented in ISO and manuscript forms for casualty and property policies. Her representation of carriers often begins in the claims handling process, well before the filing of a coverage lawsuit, and extends through trial, settlement and appeal. She also routinely provides preventative counseling and negotiation to avoid litigation.

She has lectured to professional groups on statutory and regulatory insurance issues, insurance climate and tort reform. She has also written articles on changes in statutory and regulatory insurance law, bad faith, contract interpretation and updates from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She has given presentations for NBI and Lorman on Litigating Insurance Coverage Disputes in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. She has presented to the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia on agent/broker liability throughout the past three years and presented to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel on misrepresentation issues at its annual meeting.

Lee was recently selected to serve as arbiter for coverage disputes on professional liability policies and has since arbitrated claims in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Lee served as President of the West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel from 2010-2011, which is the West Virginia DRI affiliate organization. She also founded and served as the initial chair of the Insurance Committee for the West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, where she published regular legal updates on West Virginia tort and insurance law for clients and insurance professionals and monitored legislative and regulatory changes.

Lee currently serves as Vice President of the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners and is a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel. She has also served as the President of the Cabell County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Deliberate Intent
  • Medical Malpractice Claims

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 list, 2015 West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Top 10 List, 2014 West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • West Virginia Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2007 - 2016
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2014-present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 2015-present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013, 2014
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Lawyer in West Virginia, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2005 - 2017
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers, 2010 - 2015
  • Benchmark, America’s Leading Litigation Attorneys, 2008 - 2014
  • Exceptional Performance Award, DRI, 2010 - 2011

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2014-present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 2015-present
  • West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, President, 2012-2013; Vice President, 2016-2017
  • West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, Board Member, 2009 - Present
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, President, 2010 - 2011
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Immediate Past President, 2011 - 2012
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Vice President, 2009 - 2010
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Board of Governors, 2004 - 2012
  • Cabell County Bar Association, President , 2009 - 2010
  • DRI, West Virginia Liaison to Women's Substantive Committee
  • DTCWV Insurance Committee, Chair, 2005 - 2007
  • Civil Justice Committee, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair

Classes/Seminars

  • Policy Misrepresentation: Living in a Material World, FDCC Annual Meeting 2016
  • E & O Risk Management, December 2015
  • IIAWV Annual Meeting, Deposition Workshop and Court Watch, October 2015
  • E&O Risk Management: Meeting the Challenge of Change, December 2014
  • IIAWV Annual Meeting, Court Watch, October 2014
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation, NBI, 2014
  • IIAWV Insurance Day, January 2014
  • Litigating the Insurance Coverage Claim, NBI, 2009
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation, NBI, 2007
  • Court Watch, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Deposition Bootcamp, DTCWV, 2011
  • Women and the Law, DTCWV, Chair, 2011
  • Insurance Coverage Law, 2009
  • Women and the Law, DTCWV, Chair & Moderator, 2006
  • Women and the Law, DTCWV, Chair, 2008
  • Insurance Coverage Update, 2005

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor, 1987 - 1990
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1987
    • Major: Government, Economics and History