Legal Assistants Paralegals of Southern West Virginia - LAPSWV

Donna Hughes


Donna is currently a paralegal at Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC, working primarily in the practice areas of insurance litigation and federal criminal defense and has been employed by the firm for twenty-eight years. She was previously employed for 16 years by the firm of Hamilton and Mooney, now Hamilton, Burgess, Young and Pollard, P.L.L.C.  Donna has been a member of LAPSWV since 2009, serves on the Membership Committee and served as Secretary for 2015-2016. Ms. Hughes is also a member Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

Melanie Hicks, CP

NALA Liaison

Melanie has worked for over 22 years 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 has served as LAPSWV’s Secretary for 2011 - 2012, NALA Liaison 2012 - 2013, 1st Vice President for 2013- 2014 and President 2014 – 2015 and 2015-2016 term.  She is a member of NALA and serves on the Professional Development Committee.

Mica Spratt
2nd 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.

Rhonda Swartz, ACP

1st Vice President

Rhonda Swartz, ACP, recently retired from the U. S. Attorney’s office, Civil Division and has a member of the legal profession for over 25 years. She is currently working as freelance paralegal.  Rhonda was a member of NALA from 1999-2001 – and is currently an active member of NALA. She is a founding member of LAPSWV has  and served as Parliamentarian, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and President.  Rhonda is an active member of The West Virginia Bar Association, Legal Assistant Division.

Kelly Mullins


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.

Sherri Rasmussen


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).