Stephen M. Fowler

Stephen M. Fowler: Attorney with Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC AV stamp icon
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Mr. Fowler served from 1983 to 1984 as a law clerk to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Donald E. Abram for the United States District Court, District of Colorado. Following the advice of Magistrate Abram, Mr. Fowler sought a position with an insurance defense firm following the one year clerkship. Mr. Fowler's law practice has been focused on insurance defense litigation since 1984.

While in Colorado, Mr. Fowler's insurance defense litigation included asbestos, construction and other product liability claims. Upon returning to West Virginia, his practice continued in asbestos which has been a major focus of his litigation experience. West Virginia is a venue of national import in asbestos litigation.

Other areas of focus include governmental issues and liability. Mr. Fowler has served as Counsel to the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management since 2003. He has represented numerous State entities and municipalities in West Virginia including West Virginia University in asbestos related litigation.

One final area of focus is legal malpractice defense. Mr. Fowler has been successfully defending legal malpractice claims in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Mr. Fowler's trial experience includes over fifty (50) trials to a jury or the court. Mr. Fowler has argued cases to the Colorado Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Fowler currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National MS Society.

In 2011, Mr. Fowler was awarded a rating of AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating, in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Medical, Legal and Architectural Malpractice Defense
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
304-344-0100  Phone
University Attended:
Alderson-Broaddus College, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
2009, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky; 1983, Colorado; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1989, West Virginia; 1989, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia; 2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 2006, Kentucky; 2007, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; 2008, Ohio
Rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, 2011 - Present
Birth Information:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 17, 1959
Reported Cases:
Minnick v. City and County of Denver, 784 P.2d 810 (Colo.App. 1989); Hartford Ins. Co. v. CMC Builders, Inc., 752 P.2d 590 (Colo.App. 1988); Short v. Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., 401 F.Supp.2d 549 (S.D.W.Va. 2005); C&H Co. v. Richardson, 78 Fed.Appx. 894 (C.A.4 W.Va. 2003); In re West Virginia Rezulin Litigation, S.E.2d (W.Va. 2001); Abbott v. A-Best Prods. Co., 122 F.Supp.2d 688 (N.D.W.Va. 2000); Pelfrey v. Fields, 225 F.3d 655 (C.A.4 W.Va. 2000); State ex rel. Garden State Newspapers, Inc. v. Hoke, 520 S.E.2d 186 (W.Va. 1999); State ex rel. Ward v. Hill, 489 S.E.2d 24 (W.Va. 1997); Continental Cas. Co v. Assicurazioni Generali, S.P.A., 903 F.Supp. 990 (S.D.W.Va. 1995); Crawford v. West Virginia Dept. of Human Services, 37 F.3d 1493 (C.A.4 W.Va 1994); Gray v. Farley, 13 F.3d 142 (C.A.4 W.Va. 1993); Jones v. Glenville State College, 433 S.E.2d 49 (W.Va. 1993); State v. Chase Securities, Inc., 424 S.E.2d 591 (W.Va. 1992); Marks Const. Co, Inc. v. Board of Educ. of County of Wood, 408 S.E.2d 79 (W.Va. 1991).

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 (20 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 11/07/11 in General Practice

    Steve is on the opposite side of my cases and he is very professional & ethical.

    Steve is on the opposite side of my cases and he is very professional & ethical. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 09/28/11 in Medical Malpractice

    I was quite surprised that Steve was not AV rated. He certainly should be.

    I was quite surprised that Steve was not AV rated. He certainly should be. Read less

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