Kristi is employed as a paralegal by Babst Calland PC. She has been employed as a paralegal since 2002. Kristi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in 2001 and her Associate in Applied Science in Legal Assisting from Marshall Community and Technical College in 1999. Kristi is also a member of Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.
Melanie Hicks, CP
Melanie Hicks obtained her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies in 1993 and has worked for sole practitioners in real estate, civil litigation, family law and criminal law areas of the legal field. Melanie incorporated Paralegal Solutions, LLC in 2008 and now works as a freelance paralegal for a criminal defense firm. She became a member of LAPSWV in 2008. Melanie obtained her paralegal certification through NALA in 2010. She has served as LAPSWV’s Secretary for 2011 - 2012, NALA Liaison 2012 - 2013, 2016- present, 1st Vice President for 2013- 2014 and President 2014 – 2015 and 2015-2016 term. She is a member of NALA and currently serves as the Board of Directors Liaison.
Maria Cain, CP 2nd Vice President
Maria Cain is a former Marine, who became a legal secretary in 1996 at Huddleston Bolen, (now Dinsmore & Shohl), and was promoted to paralegal in 2004. Maria earned her certification as a paralegal through NALA in 2010. Maria has been a member of Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia since 2005, as well as the National Association of Legal Assistants. Maria holds an Associate Degree in Business Management. She was the secretary for Vets Helping Vets, Ohio Chapter, for 2016, and is currently a member of the Marine Corps League.
1st Vice President
Mica Spratt is employed by Lamp Bartram Levy Trautwein & Perry, PLLC as a litigation paralegal. She has been employed with Lamp Bartram Levery Trautwein & Perry for nine years. She has been a member of LAPSWV since 2013 and served as Secretary 2014-2015 and Second Vice President 2015-2016.
Kelly Mullins is employed at The Masters Law Firm LC as a legal assistant. She has been employed with the Masters Law Firm for seven years, working primarily on products liability, medical negligence and personal injury cases. She has been a member of LAPSWV since 2015.
Tammy Welch, ACP
Ms. Welch is currently a Claims Consultant with West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company (“WVMIC”), a non-profit, member owned medical liability insurance company that has been insuring physicians since July 2004. Prior to joining WVMIC in August 2013, she was an advanced certified paralegal with Jackson Kelly, PLLC from July 1999 to July 2013, where she assisted attorneys in the firm’s litigation department, focusing primarily on Medical Liability defense.
She received her Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) in January 2000 and her Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice in April 2013; and is an active member of National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She has been an active member of Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV) since 2004, serving as NALA Liaison (2005-2006 and January 2010-June 2010) and as Parliamentarian/Historian from June 2008 to January 2010, June 2010 to June 2012, and June 2014 to present. Ms. Welch was a member of the LAPSWV Executive Committee honored as the 2009 Paralegals of the Year and was individually honored as the LAPSWV 2011 Paralegal of the Year. She also received a NALA Affiliated Associates award in 2011.
Legal Assistants Paralegals of Southern West Virginia - LAPSWV
Sherri has been a litigation paralegal for more than 20 years and is currently employed with The Masters Law Firm, LC, focusing in mass and class action litigation and products liability cases. Sherri has been an active member of LAPSWV since 2009, serving on the Audit Committee 2010-2012, Treasurer 2013-2015, First Vice President in 2015-2016, and Interim Treasurer March 2016. She has been a member of NALA since 2013 and is a member of West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ).