Robby J. Aliff

BIOGRAPHY
Phone: (304) 340-1286 | Fax: (304) 340-1050 | Email: raliff@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202


Robby J. Aliff is a Member of the Firm's Charleston, West Virginia, office.  He is the Practice Group Leader for the Health Care and Finance Practice Group and is a member of the Commercial Law Practice Group.  Mr. Aliff's practice focuses on general, medical and health care litigation as well as banking and general commercial litigation.  A substantial part of Mr. Aliff's practice involves the defense of doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers in actions brought under the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA).  He has handled cases involving various medical issues and specialties and has tried MPLA cases involving cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, oncology, urology, orthopedic surgery, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, radiology and various nursing care issues.

In addition to MPLA and banking cases, Mr. Aliff has defended litigation matters involving defective products and pharmaceuticals in State Circuit Courts and Federal District Courts.  He also represents health care providers in disciplinary actions before the West Virginia Board of Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.  Mr. Aliff frequently provides counsel to health care providers and medical practices regarding confidentiality, risk management and maintaining medical records.

Mr. Aliff has presented various lectures on important issues to health care providers, including "Medical Malpractice 101," "Risk Management:  Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits," "Medical Record Charting" and "Health Care Directives."  He participates in Grand Rounds for the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at Charleston Area Medical Center and also speaks at the Annual Patient Care Symposium at Thomas Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Aliff was a presenter at the West Virginia CLE, Litigation 2001 conference at Canaan Valley Resort on the topic of "Obtaining Medical Records by Subpoena."  He also spoke at the 2009 Litigation CLE on "Drug and Medical Device Litigation."  In 2003, Mr. Aliff and Tom Hurney authored "Medical Professional Liability in West Virginia," in the West Virginia Law Review. Mr. Aliff presented "Expert Depositions 101:  Defending the Expert Deposition," at the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia 2006 Deposition Boot Camp.  In June 2008, Mr. Aliff co-authored, "Challenges to Affidavit of Merit Requirements" in For The Defense with fellow Jackson Kelly attorneys Tom Hurney and Jennifer Mankins.

Mr. Aliff currently serves as the Chair of the State of West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Kanawha County Bar Association.  Mr. Aliff volunteers for various organizations throughout the state, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Leadership West Virginia, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Thomas Health System, and is a member of the West Virginia Governor's Schools Advisory Council and the Charleston Chapter of the Washington and Lee University Alumni Association.  He currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington and Lee University Alumni Association and is active at Christ Church United Methodist.  Mr. Aliff was a 2007 recipient of The State Journal Generation Next, 40 Under 40 award.  He also participated in the 2006 Leadership West Virginia program and is currently a Lifetime Member of Leadership West Virginia.

Mr. Aliff graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in psychology in 1991 where he was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.  He then graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law, with a Juris Doctor in 1997.  He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and participated in the Alderson Prison Practicum.  While at Washington and Lee, Mr. Aliff was the recipient of the J.E. Lewis Scholarship.

 
Legal Experience
 
1999 Counsel to House Judiciary Committee, West Virginia Legislature (during Legislative session)
1997 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1996Jackson & Kelly PLLC, Summer Associate
1995Jackson & Kelly PLLC, Summer Associate
1989Intern, Office of the Governor - State of WV (Office Legal Counsel)
 
Education
 
1997J.D.Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA)
1991B.A.Washington and Lee University (VA) (Psychology)
 
Bar Admissions
 
1997West Virginia
 
Court Admissions
 
2014Supreme Court of the United States of America
1998U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1998U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1997U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • State of West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, 2012-present; Chair, 2016-present
  • Jackson Kelly PLLC Executive Committee, 2011-2014
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Medical Professional Liability Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Jackson Kelly PLLC Practice Group Leader, Health Care and Finance Practice Group

Community:
  • Board of Directors, Leadership West Virginia, 2009-present; Chair, 2017
  • Board of Directors, Foundation for Thomas Health System; Chair, 2017
  • Corporate Relations Subcommittee, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia
  • Served as National Counsel for Omicron Delta Kappa, 2013-2015
  • Past President & Board of Directors, Charleston Chapter-Washington and Lee University Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors, Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, 2009-2011
  • West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, 2008-2011
  • Past Chairman, Advisory Council of the West Virginia Governor's Schools
  • Washington and Lee University Law Council, Emeritus 
  • Leadership West Virginia, 2006

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, 34th Annual Mid-Winter Osteopathic Seminar, Jan. 2017
  • Speaker, "Top 5 Litigation Issues for the Nursing Home Defendant," at the West Virginia Health Care Association's Be Prepared: Legal and Operations Update in Sutton, West Virginia, Aug. 23, 2012
  • Spoke on medical professional liability issues at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Osteopathic Society in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 2010-2014
  • "Medical Malpractice 101: The Chart," 27th Annual Midwinter Osteopathic Seminar, Charleston, West Virginia, Feb. 2010
  • Various lectures to the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics at Charleston Area Medical Center. Topics have included: "Medical Malpractice 101," "Risk Management: Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits," "Medical Record Charting" and "Health Care Directives"
  • "Obtaining Medical Records by Subpoena," West Virginia CLE, Litigation 2001, Canaan Valley Resort
  • Annual Patient Care Symposium, Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • "Expert Symposium 101: Defending the Expert Deposition," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Deposition Boot Camp, 2006
  • "Drug and Medical Device Litigation," West Virginia CLE, Litigation 2009, Canaan Valley Resort

Writings and Publications:
  • "Obtaining Medical Records by Subpoena: A Review of Keplinger v. Virginia Electric and Power Company," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia 2001 Annual Convention Notebook
  • Co-author, with Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., "Medical Professional Liability in West Virginia," 105 West Virginia Law Review 368, Winter 2003
  • Co-author, with Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., and Jennifer Mankins, "Challenges to Affidavit of Merit Requirements," For the Defense, June, 2008
     

Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2018
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2017
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Charleston, West Virginia, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the Litigation Section of Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2013-2015
  • Named in the 2009-2017 editions of West Virginia Super Lawyers® for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell:  AV Rated, 2012
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2010-2016
  • Generation Next, 40 under 40, the WV State Journal, 2007
  • Graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University, 1991
  • JE Lewis Scholarship
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
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