Results-Driven Personal Injury Attorneys in West Virginia
Shaffer Madia Law Helping those those who have been injured, wronged or harmed.


Joe ShafferEXPERIENCE West Virgina Attorney

Shaffer Madia Law PLLC, Member, 2015-present
Currently engaged in the practice of Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Property Law and Municipal Law.

Chief Legal Officer and Prosecutor, 2003 — 2015

  • Responsible for managing a staff of twenty, including eleven Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Legal Counsel for Harrison County Commission and all other Constitutional Officers
  • Responsible for misdemeanor and felony prosecutions
  • Responsible for managing budget
  • Counsel for West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in child abuse and neglect matters
  • Coordinate and maintain an effective working relationship with Harrison County Board of Education as well as provide advice to the Board regarding legal issues affecting the schools, personnel and students
  • Responsible for numerous other Constitutional and statutory duties of the second largest Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the State of West Virginia
  • President, Harrison County Community Corrections Board
  • Member, Harrison County Courthouse Security Board

LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH F. SHAFFER, Clarksburg, West Virginia
Sole Practitioner, General Legal Practice concentrated in the areas of Criminal and Civil Law, February 1997 – February 2003

  • Felony and misdemeanor criminal litigation
  • Civil litigation, real estate, property and administrative law
  • Shinnston City Attorney, 1997-2000
  • Lumberport Town Attorney, 2001-2003
  • Member, Police Civil Service Commission, 2002-2003
  • Member, Harrison County Child Abuse Task Force, 2002-2003

LAW OFFICES OF SCOT S. DIERINGER, Clarksburg, West Virginia
Associate, General Legal Practice concentrated in the areas of Criminal and Civil Law, May 1995 — February 1997

Law Clerk, January 1993 — May 1994


  • Member Attorney, Criminal Justice Act Panel — appointed by the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1995 — 2002
  • Member, Selection Committee to recommend the appointment of United States Magistrate Court Judge – appointed by the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2001


  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, May 1, 1995
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, May 1, 1995
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, November 1, 1995
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, May 18, 1999


  • Advisor, Harrison County Teen Court Program, 2001-2007
  • Trial Instructor, American Legion Mountaineer Boy’s State, Summer 2002


Juris Doctor, September, 1994

  • Assistant Editor, Law Review
  • Distinguished Student Award, Fall 1994 Graduating Class
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Hearing Officer, Scholastic Review Board
  • Negotiation Competition, Team Member
  • Judge, Michigan High School Moot Court Finals

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, Morgantown, West Virginia
Graduate Student: Masters in Business Administration, 1985-1986

  • Dean’s List Honors

FAIRMONT STATE COLLEGE, Fairmont, West Virginia
Bachelor of Science: Business Administration, 1982

  • Dean’s List Honors
  • Honor Roll


ALL AMERICAN FOODS CORP., Clarksburg, West Virginia
President / General Manager, December 1983 — December 1991

  • Initiated and developed retail food service and gasoline business
  • Managed fifteen full-time employees and tripled business locations in six years


  • Board Member and Coach, Jerry West Youth League Basketball
  • Coach, Harrison County Parks and Recreation Sports
  • Robert C. Byrd High School Boosters Club

Contact our West Virginia attorneys today to learn how we can put our experience to work for you.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions that Matter Most
  • “He was professional, appropriately compassionate and had the relationships necessary to ensure a fair and favorable outcome.”

    John Fleming
  • “Sam Madia, represented my deceased brother in a case of wrongful death upon which Sam made each one of us feel as though my little brother was guiding his hands”

    James U.
  • “This team made me feel like I was number one priority and never put me on a back burner.”

    Misty F.
  • “Highly recommend hiring Sam for any accident involving a tractor trailer!”

    Anthony S.
  • “I couldn’t imagine having any other person represent me in my case, than Sam.”

    Courtney J.
  • “Sam and his staff were incredibly knowledgeable and took care of everything which gave me the time I needed to recover.”

    Melissa B.
  • “Sam is not only an amazing attorney but he is sympathetic with all the cases he works on”

    Lindsay S.
  • “Sam Madia and Shaffer Madia Law are great!”

    Latoya F.
  • “Sam is much more than an excellent lawyer. He is an excellent human being. If I need representation again Sam will be that call.”

    Kyle L Clarksburg, WV
  • “He was our lawyer and we still consider him family.”

    Terri R.
  • “I was amazed at how quickly he got my settlement arranged and I don't know what I would have done without him on my side!”

    Sarah C.
  • “He was always prepared and very knowledgeable.”

    Mark S.
  • “I highly recommend Sam if your insurance company has wrongfully denied your claim.”

    D. Bolden
  • “I’m extremely happy with the results, I would recommend this firm and Sam without hesitation.”

    David W.
  • “They were wonderful. Very knowledgeable, hardworking, compassionate”

    Miranda M.

Successful Verdicts & Settlements

  • $13,800,000 Recovery Truck Crash Causing Death
    Our client’s family member was killed as a result of a trucking company’s wrongful conduct. Our team secured a sizable settlement for the family’s loss.
  • $2,100,000 Recovery Wrongful Death Case at Well Site
    20 year old died at well site from unsafe working conditions. A settlement was won by our attorneys for the family.
  • 7-Figure Recovery Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    Wrongful Death Lawsuit resulted in a 7-Figure confidential settlement shortly before trial was set to start.

  • $1,025,000 Recovery Workplace Injury
    Our client, an oil and gas worker (contractor), received a settlement for an on-the-job injury.
  • $1,000,000 Recovery Sexual Harassment

    Female employees were subjected to ongoing sexual harassment by their manager. This national restaurant chain settled prior to trial for $1,000,000.

  • $900,000 Recovery Insurance Dispute
    Small business owner wrongfully denied property damage insurance coverage.
  • $850,000 Recovery Car Wreck

    Our client was hurt badly by a reckless driver. Defendant’s initial offer was $50,000. The case settled shortly before trial for $850,000.

  • $800,000 Recovery Car Wreck

    Obtained favorable settlement for family involved in car crash.

  • $750,000 Recovery Civil Rights
    Obtained significant $750,000 settlement for our client whose civil rights were violated by police officers.
  • $750,000 Recovery Wage Dispute
    West Virginia employees were not paid properly by their out of state employer. We brought suit against the out of state employer and obtained a favorable settlement on the West Virginia employees’ behalf.

Why Hire Shaffer Madia Law?

Your Case is Too Important Not To
  1. Successfully Resolved a Variety of Wrongful Death & Serious Injury Cases
  2. Resolved 135+ Lawsuits Involving Serious & Fatal Injuries at Job Sites
  3. Strong Track Record of Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  4. Decades of Experience on All Sides of the Criminal Justice System
  5. We Represent People - Never Insurance Companies
  6. Sam Madia is a Former Insurance Defense Attorney with Insight into How Insurance Companies Operate
  7. Joe Shaffer Served as Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney for Almost Two Decades
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