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


Sam MadiaSam grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Following graduation from Notre Dame High School, Sam attended West Virginia University and earned a bachelor’s of science in Economics. Thereafter, Sam graduated from West Virginia University’s College of Law. After graduating from law school, Sam worked at West Virginia’s largest litigation defense law firm. As a defense lawyer Sam defended some of West Virginia’s largest industrial employers and national trucking companies. In total, Sam defended more than 500 civil lawsuits including over 30 wrongful death lawsuits.

As a defense lawyer Sam developed a “niche” in lawsuits involving serious injury or death at work-sites. Sam also developed a “niche” in lawsuits with serious injury or death involving tractor-trailers. In 2013, when the market for the exploration of natural gas spiked in North Central West Virginia Sam moved to Morgantown to focus his practice on personal injury/wrongful death lawsuits involving gas well sites.

In February 2015, Sam and his uncle created Shaffer Madia Law. Since this time Sam has represented over 235 individuals who have been injured, wronged or harmed in a variety of lawsuits. Sam has also represented the estates of 20 individuals who were killed as the result of wrongful conduct of third parties/entities. Sam currently represents several County Commissions in lawsuits against various doctors, drug distribution companies and drug manufacturing companies regarding the current drug epidemic facing our local communities. Here is a presentation of Sam sharing his thoughts on why these lawsuits are important:

Allow Sam to use his experience as a defense lawyer to prosecute your case against the type of clients that he formerly defended.

Areas of Practice

  • Workplace Serious Injury and Death Litigation
  • Truck Collisions
  • Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Automobile Collisions
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 for West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Star

Client Testimonials

The Opinions that Matter Most
  • “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 always prepared and very knowledgeable.”

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

    Latoya F.
  • “I would recommend Sam Madia to anyone who could use his law firm.”

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

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

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

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

    Anthony S.
  • “They were wonderful. Very knowledgeable, hardworking, compassionate”

    Miranda M.
  • “He was our lawyer and we still consider him family.”

    Terri R.
  • “Sam Madia has a kind, caring, considerate heart.”

    Suzanne C.
  • “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.

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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