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Carol Neeley

				Carol Neeley

She supports the firm’s regional personal injury and national mass tort clients. Carol received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Bethany College and brings to the firm years of experience as a patient advocate and Admissions Director for a regional nursing home. She left her extensive career as a patient advocate for the elderly to help her son, Managing Partner Eric Chaffin, open the firm’s West Virginia office. Carol is known around the office as “Mom.” Carol has two sons, Eric and Tom, and six grandkids, who she enjoys spending her spare time with. Carol lives in New Cumberland, West Virginia with her husband Timothy, and their extremely energetic dog, Ivan.

Carol’s 2014 Chaffin Luhana Foundation Charity donation was to the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation. Carol and her family adopted their dog, Ivan, from the shelter. Carol said Ivan made a huge difference in their lives. She wanted this donation to help care for other animals like Ivan who are waiting to find their permanent home.

For 2015, Carol chose the TEAR (Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief) Fund at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Steubenville, Ohio. Carol first became familiar with Teramana when her loved one was diagnosed with cancer. She said the Center continues to show kindness and compassion to patients and families who are desperate for hope.

For 2017, Carol nominated Chester-Newell FISH. After volunteering for the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s Turkey Giveaway, Carol was inspired to help people in need within her community. Chester-Newell FISH will use Carol’s donation to continue feeding the hungry, just like they have for the past 45 years.


how not to be a lawyer

according to eric t. chaffin

“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill outside of Pittsburgh. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

eric t. chaffin

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