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Charlotte Ann Hoffman Norris - Huntington, WV

325 8th Street Huntington, WV 25701- 2225

Updated: 04/22/2017

Huntington Employment Law Lawyer


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...

About Charlotte Ann Hoffman Norris

Practice Areas

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


  • 70%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel


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

Other Affiliations

  • 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)


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

Past 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

Classes and 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)



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


Office Information


325 8th Street Huntington, WV 25701- 2225


  • 304-523-2347



  • “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)

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)

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