About US

WVWA: WV Women Attorneys Building Something Better

In the West Virginia Women Attorneys (WVWA), WV women attorneys find like-minded lawyers who seek professional development as well as camaraderie. We are invested in improving ourselves and each other through educational opportunities, programs, working with each other, and giving back to the community.

Through the WVWA and its events, WV women attorneys and judges work together—in-person and virtually—to learn, grow, and give back to the Mountain State.

WV Women Attorneys: What We Stand For

Promote the welfare, interests and professional development of women attorneys

Advance the honor and integrity of the legal profession by advocating principles of fairness and equality

Champion justice for all individuals

Meet Our Officers

Lia DiTrapano Fairless

Lia DiTrapano Fairless

President

Lia DiTrapano Fairless, a native West Virginian, has been practicing law for over 25 years. Her practice focuses on representing individuals against corporate defendants in the areas of personal injury and employment law.

 

Constance H. Weber

Constance H. Weber

Vice President

Ms. Weber has been defending and advising employers in West Virginia for 26 years.  She finds that there is nothing boring about the practice of employment law and describes it as “sex, drug and rock n roll” litigation.  When she’s not practicing law you can find Ms. Weber on her yoga mat or the soccer field. 

President-Elect

Elise McQuain

President-elect

Elise was a founding member of WVWA and her planning capacity has been integral to successful events. She will assume the role of President in 2023. Elise is a managing associate at Frost Brown Todd and represents clients in product, tort, and insurance litigation. Elise and her daughter Emma and husband James enjoy camping and playing outside.

President-Elect

Jami Cooper

Secretary

Jami is a founding member of Cooper Law PLLC and represents clients in personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, and construction law. In addition to her service on the WVWA Board, she is a board member of the National Conference of Women Bar Associations. Jami and her husband Dan enjoy traveling.

Treasurer

Sandra Kinney

Treasurer

Sandy was the first President of WVWA and integral to its founding. She was honored by the WVU College of Law and West Virginia Executive Magazine in their first group of Lawyers and Leaders in the year following WVWA’s inception. Sandy has helped hundreds of people with their divorce, custody, support, and adoption needs. She and her husband Cliff are very proud of their kids Jack and Clara, who are both attaining advanced degrees.

Treasurer

Alyssa Sloan

Eastern Panhandle Regional Delegate

After 20 years’ practice at Steptoe & Johnson, Alyssa undertook a clerkship in the 23rd Judicial Circuit in Martinsburg, WV. She enjoys exploring the Eastern Panhandle and adjacent States with her husband Mike. Her sons Calder and Davis are both in college.

Treasurer

Esha Simon

Morgantown Regional Delegate

Esha focuses on comercial litigation and labor and employment law at Dinsmore’s Morgantown office. She previously served as a Child Abuse Special Advocate in Monongalia and Preston County, and recently clerked for the Honorable Susan B. Tucker.

Treasurer

Beth Kavitz

Region 6 Delegate

Beth has worn many hats in her 16 years of practicing law. She currently prosecutes child abuse and neglect cases in Kanawha County and represents the Prosecutor’s Office as a member of the newly-formed Kanawha County Family Treatment Court team.

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