Michelle E. Gaston
Of Counsel
(304) 399-8842
Office: Huntington
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia Tech
Licensure: KY | WV
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Michelle Gaston concentrates her practice in the areas of general litigation, insurance coverage, and extra-contractual matters.  Ms. Gaston's practice also involves reviewing insurance policies, researching insurance coverage issues, drafting coverage opinions, representing clients in coverage disputes, and representing clients in bad faith or other extra-contractual matters, including administrative proceedings before the West Virginia Insurance Commission. 

Ms. Gaston also represents clients in fraud and arson cases involving insurance matters.  Specifically, she has handled examinations under oath, claim evaluations, and settlement negotiations.

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015 Consumer Director, West Virginia Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division
1997 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"A Review of Recent Insurance Law Decisions and A Preview of Pending Insurance Law Cases," Insurance Law 2017, WVU Continuing Legal Education, Charleston, WV, June 2017

"Navigating the Hazards of Claim Handling," EKU Risk Management and Insurance, Robert B. Morgan Insurance Conference, Louisville, KY, April 2017

“Preview of Pending Insurance Law Cases,” Insurance Law, WVCLE, June 2016

Panelist on Top 10 Coverage Decisions of 2013 at MC Consultants Eastern Regional Conference in Orlando, FL, June 2014

Co-Author of "Coverage Triggers: What is the X Factor?" For the Defense (May 2014)

"Fraud Awareness and Investigation: Detection, Investigation and Compliance in the Age of Savvy Insureds," co-presenter, PLRB Eastern Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2012

"Fire and Explosion Cause and Origin Investigations: Developing Viable Subrogation Claims and Managing Experts From the Forensic and Legal Perspective" co-presenter, Charleston, WV, 2006

Key Experience

Assisted clients with the investigation of claims, including arson and theft claims, scheduling and conducting Examinations Under Oath and sworn statements
Defended clients at the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner against consumer complaints alleging unfair claims settlement practices
Researched and drafted insurance coverage opinions

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute