Brenda Waugh is an attorney with over thirty years of experience, licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is excited to bring that experience to work on your case. A native of Princeton, West Virginia, she graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1982. She graduated from West Virginia University Law School in 1987 and in 2009 earned a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Eastern Mennonite University. She is licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
As a young lawyer, Ms. Waugh worked with the Legal Aid Society of Charleston, as an advocate for victims of family violence and for consumers. She then accepted a position with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals where she served as the clerk to the committee which developed the first set of procedural rules for Family Courts. Following completion of that project, Ms. Waugh spent several years working as counsel to the West Virginia Legislature with the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that position, she drafted bills and legislation at the direction of Chairman William R. Wooton during the legislative session.
Recognizing that abused children in the region needed a strong advocate, Brenda Waugh accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Kanawha County. During that period she worked with the West Virginia State Bar and served as the first chairperson of the West Virginia State Bar Commission on Children and the Law. She was also appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Oversight Committee and the Juvenile Justice Committee.
In 1997, Ms. Waugh relocated to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia to be closer to her extended family. She accepted a position as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Berkeley County, where she continued in that position until entering the private practice of law in 1999.
Ms. Waugh has litigated cases in over a dozen West Virginia Counties and has argued and won many cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court. She has published articles in law journals including those published by Yale University and the Journal of Legal Education. She has conducted dozens of seminars on legal issues through groups such as West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Association Conflict Resolution and the Virginia Mediation Network.
Ms. Waugh was recently selected as a fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. She is a member of the IACP, ABA and serves on several bar committees.
Ms. Waugh is married with three children and resides in the Shenandoah Valley. She enjoys being active and has completed three marathons, a metric century bicycle event and six triathlons.
April Byers is a native of the Eastern Panhandle, April is a graduate from Jefferson High school and Shepherd University. April enjoys being a mother of a pre-schooler and volunteering with her church and community. She lives in Martinsburg with her husband and young daughter.