Frances C. Whiteman

Frances C. Whiteman

Fairmont, West Virginia



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Frances C. Whiteman was raised in Keyser, West Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism as well as a Master of Public Administration at West Virginia University.

Frances spent five years working in grant and project administration for the E.P.A., funded Clean Water Act projects and then attended Capital University Law School. She earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1992.

While attending Capital University, Frances was the Research Editor on the Law Review, and in her first year the university published her article, “Toxic Emotional Distress Damages: The Emerging Trend for Recovery Absent Physical Injury.” Frances also served as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing and was inducted into the Order of the Curia. She was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Frances has practiced law in Fairmont since October 1992 and is licensed to practice not only in West Virginia but also in North Carolina and the Northern and Southern Federal Court Districts of West Virginia. Her specialties are corporate and commercial litigation, personal injury, criminal and juvenile defense, public utility law and local government representation.

Frances is also a member of the Fairmont Rotary Club, the Marion County Bar Association and the Monongalia County Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Fairmont Renaissance Corporation and the New Mystics Center for Arts and Education.

Consistently successful in the appellate practice in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Frances has been victorious in in the following cases:

  • State v. Stephfon W.
  • Michael v. Marion County Board of Education
  • In the matter of Stephfon W.
  • In Re: Tax Assessment Against American Bituminous Power Partners, L.P.
  • State v. Kent
  • State v. Cummings
  • Wilson v. Marion County Health Department
  • Caruso v. Pearce, et al.
  • State of W. Va. ex rel. WVDHHR v. Fox

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal and Juvenile Defense
  • Public Utility Law
  • Local Government Representation

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1992
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1992


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    Juris Doctor – May, 1992
    Honors: Order of the Curia
    Honors: Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
    Law Review: Capital University Law Review, Research Editor
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown
    Masters in Public Administration summa cum laude – August, 1984
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown
    B.S. cum laude – May, 1982
    Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • “Toxic Emotional Distress Damages: The Emerging Trend for Recovery Absent Physical Injury”, Capital University Law Review, 1992


  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Marion County Bar Association, Member
  • Monongalia County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Grant Management Services, Project Coordinator, January 2, 1984 – August 1, 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Fairmont Rotary Club
  • Board of Directors, Marion County Habitat for Humanity
  • Board of Directors, Fairmont Renaissance Corporation
  • Board of Directors, West Virginia Foundation for Equality
  • New Mystics Center for Arts and Education