The ATTORNEYS
David M. Hammer
Labor and Employment Law
David M. Hammer was born August 1, 1963. David M. Attorney Hammer received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Temple University. He graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1988. After a four year stint as an associate at a large defense firm where he practiced in the area of labor and employment law, Mr. Hammer and his partners founded Hammer, Ferretti & Schiavoni in 1992 where he served as managing partner from 1992 through 1996. Mr. Hammer limits his practice primarily to employment discrimination and wage issues representing mostly plaintiffs but will, on occasion, represent management. He has lectured on various topics including handicap discrimination, race and gender discrimination, and sexual harassment. Mr. Hammer is a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association. An avid bicyclist and hiker, Mr. Hammer actively supports various local conservation and land preservation organizations.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Current Employment Position

    Partner, joined Law Firm in 1992.

    Areas Of Practice

    Employment Law -- Employee

    Employment Law -- Employer

    Labor Law

    Litigation Percentage

    100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

    Education

    The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1988

    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Communications

    Dean's List-5 semesters, Honors Program, Speech Department Ombudsman

  • REPRESENTATIVE CASES
    • Vandevender v. Sheetz, Inc., 490 SE2d 678 (WV 1997)
    • Hanlon v. Chambers, 464 SE2d 741 (WV 1995)
  • Bar Admissions
    • West Virginia, 1988
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1988
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

    West Virginia Bar Association

    National Employment Lawyers Association: Member

    West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association: Member

Joseph R. Ferretti
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Attorney Joseph Ferretti was born on August 7, 1961. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1987. He was previously employed by Steptoe & Johnson as a litigation associate from 1987 to 1992. Joseph Ferretti founded Hammer, Ferretti & Schiavoni in 1992. His personal interests include golf, fly fishing, and biking.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Current Employment Position

    Partner, joined the law firm in 1992.

    Education

    University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1987 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1984 B.A., Bachelor of Arts Major: Economics Major: Political Science

    Litigation Percentage

    100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

  • Areas Of Practice
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal Injury -- Defense
    • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Robert J. Schiavoni
Labor and Employment Law
Attorney Robert Schiavoni was born September 2, 1953. Bob Schiavoni received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, a graduate degree from Penn State University. He is a also a graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He has published in the West Virginia University Law Review on the subject of retaliatory dismissal and federal preemption. He is a founding partner of the law firm of Hammer, Ferretti & Schiavoni located in Martinsburg, WV. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association. He has lectured on topics concerning employment law, wage law, class actions and professional ethics.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Current Employment Position

    Partner, joined the law firm in 1992.

    Education

    Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio, 1986

    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, With Honors

    Editor-in-Chief, Ohio Northern University Law Review, 1985 - 1986

    Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    M.P.A., Master of Public Administration

    Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1975

    B.A., Bachelor of Arts

    Litigation Percentage

    95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

  • REPRESENTATIVE CASES
    • Vendevender v. Sheetz, Inc., 200 W. Va. 591 cert. denied (1997)
    • Hanlon v. Chambers 195 W.Va. 99 (1995)
    • Fox v. Union Carbide 184 W. Va. 277 (1988)
    • Tritle v. Crown Airways, Inc. 929 F.2d 81 (4th Cir. 1990)
    • Reed v. Lockhead Aircraft International, A.G.923 F.2d 849 (4th Cir. 1991)
    • Scott v. PPG Industries, Inc. 920 F.2d 927 (4th Cir. 1990)
    • Shivley v. Life Assurance Co. of Pennsylvania 829 F.2d 36 (4th Cir. 1987)
    • Echard v. Devine 726 F. Supp. 1045 (N.D. W.Va. 1989)
  • Bar Admissions
    • West Virginia, 1986
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1986li>
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1989
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

    National Employment Lawyers Association: Member

    West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association: Member

  • PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES

    Published Works - The Steelworkers' Trilogy and the Coalminers' Trilogy: Is Discrimination Exception to the Rule, 91 W.Va. L. Rev. 737, 1989

    Classes / Seminars Taught - Lectured on Topics Concerning Employment Law, Wage Law, Class Actions and Professional Ethics

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