Robby J. Aliff is Chair of the Health Care Litigation Practice Group, focusing primarily on health care litigation and medical professional liability. He practices general litigation, including commercial and complex litigation, with a focus on solving business disputes. Rob serves as a mediator in all types of litigation and enjoys helping parties resolve their disputes outside the courtroom. Rob is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and practices out of the Firm's office in Charleston, West Virginia.
Much of Rob's work involves defending health care providers against claims brought under the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA), including those involving cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, oncology, urology, orthopedic surgery, gynecologic surgery, obstetrics, radiology, and various nursing care issues. 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.
Rob also has defended class action and complex litigation matters involving financial services, consumer credit, general business disputes, defective products and pharmaceuticals in both state and federal courts.
Rob has a solid track record of taking, defending, and preparing clients for depositions, presenting oral arguments, and taking cases to trial. At a time when most cases are dismissed or settled, having the courtroom experience necessary to try cases before a judge or jury is critical. Rob has tried a number of health care-related cases in multiple jurisdictions around West Virginia. This experience has allowed him to sharpen his courtroom skills and determine the best way to communicate complicated legal and medical issues.
Rob knows that communicating with clients is another critical skill. This is why a key part of Rob's practice also involves heading off problems before they occur – he often counsels medical providers and practices on issues of confidentiality, risk management, and maintaining medical records. Rob develops relationships with his clients that go beyond the superficial in order to help them navigate litigation – a part of his job that he finds deeply gratifying. Rob knows trust is an imperative part of the lawyer-client relationship, and this trust-building is his favorite part of practicing law.
Outside the office, Rob enjoys any type of live music, from musical theater, to “Mountain Stage” live radio, to an event at the Clay Center. He and his wife, Tracy, have enjoyed introducing their children to the joy of live music. His other great love is travel, and he’s convinced traveling is the best way not only to learn about other cultures, but also to appreciate your own.
Rob is proud of his Fayette County and West Virginia roots. He was the first in his family to attend college and professional school, and his appreciation for those opportunities shines through in his practice.