We understand West Virginia laws. We're focused on your needs.
Klie Law Offices' attorneys work tirelessly on complicated legal cases throughout West Virginia. Whether it's a wrongful termination claim in Buckhannon, a workplace discrimination complaint in Morgantown or another type of legal case in Charleston, we know what to do if you're facing a serious legal challenge. That's because our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping people move forward with their lives.
We work hard because we know what's at stake. Perhaps you wrongly lost your job. Or your health's at risk. Or maybe you're facing foreclosure on your home or your business. That's why we work so hard on every case we handle at our law firm. We know that if we don't win, your life could be changed forever.
We care about our clients. We also realize winning legal cases takes time, dedication, and the drive to succeed. That's why it's important to talk with an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible. We want to learn about the details associated with your case, then help you get your life back on track.
Every single legal case is different. There's no simple solution to a complex legal problem. That's why our lawyers take the time to learn about every single case. We're eager to meet with you and learn more about your specific legal matter.
Meet the attorneys and staff at Klie Law Offices
Some law firms simply tell people what to do. We take a different approach. We listen. We find out exactly what's wrong, and then we work with you to develop a legal strategy. We value your opinions. We're on the same team.
"One of the things that makes me the most happy about my practice is helping people," Attorney Kolenich said. "There's no better feeling in the world than when you get a great verdict for somebody who is really, really deserving of the money and somebody who really appreciates it. That's what keeps me here."
Erika Klie Kolenich
Attorney Kolenich is licensed in state and federal court in West Virginia and Ohio. She has litigated hundreds of civil cases, including personal injury, discrimination, and wrongful death cases. Attorney Kolenich has extensive trial and appellate experience, and she is also a trained mediator. Learn more
Attorney Karl Kolenich is licensed to practice law in West Virginia and Ohio. He has been with Klie Law Offices since its founding and has dedicated his career to advocating for people who have been wronged. Learn more
Attorney Ambria Britton has been admitted to the bar for the State of West Virginia and for the United States District Court for the Southern District. She has represented over 1,000 clients in West Virginia and surrounding states. Learn more
Samantha Hanson, Paralegal
Samantha Hanson has proudly worked as a paralegal for the Klie Law Offices team for seven years. She is a West Virginia native who resides in Buckhannon with her husband, Matthew, and their two cats. Samantha is a 2015 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha, for which she currently serves as treasurer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf with her husband, being creative and eating donuts from the local Donut Shop.
Bob Swiger, Paralegal
Paralegal Bob Swiger started his career in law after obtaining his Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from West Virginia Business College in March 1996. He immediately went to work for James Wilson Douglas, L.C., an attorney focusing on family law located in Sutton, West Virginia, where he was a paralegal and office manager. Bob worked for Mr. Douglas until October 2005, when he went to work for Judge Robert Reed Sowa of the Family Courts of Upshur, Lewis and Braxton Counties as the Family Court Case Coordinator until December 2016. While working for the Family Courts, he was on the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Visitation Center. In January 2017, he went to work as a paralegal for Isner Law in Elkins, West Virginia. Finally, Bob came to work for Klie Law Offices in September 2020.
Bob is a native of Harrison County, West Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction and fantasy, comedy, spending time with his family and making primitive furniture and crafts. Bob is married and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Lyndell Hamilton, Paralegal
Lyndell and her husband recently purchased a home in Western Maryland and live there with their two dogs. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree from Liberty University. She has enjoyed working in the legal field since finishing college. Lyndell and her husband love to travel and explore new places, but also love spending time at home by the pool with their dogs.
Michelle Zickefoose, Client Services Manager
Michelle Zickefoose has lived in Buckhannon her entire life, and couldn’t imagine a better place to live. She has been with Klie Law Offices since 2016, and she enjoys helping each and every client who walks through the door.
When she’s not at work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their two children, or reading a good book. She loves attending her children’s sporting events, shopping, and baking. She is also a huge animal lover and has several furry friends at home. She is coffee obsessed and is always listening to loud music.
Mary Ella Cogle, Receptionist
Mary Ella Cogle is a resident of Camden, West Virginia. Until June of 2020, she lived in Jefferson County, WV where she and her husband Billy, of 30+ years, raised 3 children: Warren (wife Jennifer) and grandchildren Kenley Anne & Addie Mae, of Charles Town, WV; Samantha (husband Cole), of Lost Creek, WV and Madison, currently a Junior at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA. After Billy’s retirement from Fairfax County Public Schools, they relocated to Camden, where they continue to raise registered Shorthorn cattle.
Mary Ella loves volunteering with community organizations, 4-H, FFA and the local fair associations, of which she served on numerous committees over the years. She feels very fortunate to have found a “home” at Klie Law Offices after over 20 years as a Collections Manager at Valley Equine Associates in Ranson, WV. She loves Jesus, her family and serving in any way that she can, and she is happy to have made a home here in the middle of this great state.
Maggie Turner, Professional Law Firm Administrator
Maggie Turner is a West Virginia native who earned her B.S. in Accounting from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. She has over 16 years of experience working in accounting and management roles in the manufacturing and oil and gas sectors.
Today, she resides in Belington, WV with her husband, Daniel, and her cat, Jack. Since mid-2019, she and her husband have been building and operating a seasonal recreational campground called Kick Back N Camp located in Belington in their spare time. She is a former Harley Davidson rider who loves weedeating and mowing, hard rock music, and the color blue.
Kari Fordyce, Legal Intake Specialist
Kari Fordyce is a lifelong resident of Wood County. She recently joined our team after being a stay-at-home mom for several years. Kari is looking forward to interacting and helping every client in any way she can.
In her free time, you can find her wrangling her two children. Otherwise, she can be found in the kitchen cooking or baking a family favorite. Kari is always up for a family get together, a road trip or a good nap.