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Legal Clerks

Brooke AlexanderBrooke Ann Gruver, Legal Clerk

Brooke Ann Gruver, a WVU College of Law graduate, has always been passionate about helping others and is dedicated to pursuing justice for our clients. Learn more about Brooke.

Madison MessengerMadison Messinger, Legal Clerk

Madison is an alumna of West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry along with minors in human biology and mathematics. She then attended West Virginia University School of Medicine where she obtained a master’s degree in health sciences.

Before attending law school, Madison worked as a chemist in Morgantown, WV. She then attended West Virginia University School of Law where she was an active member of multiple organizations including the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and spent her final year of law school as a student attorney in the Family Law Clinic.

In her free time Madison enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, reading a good book, and most of all spoiling her Maine Coon mix cat, Ava.

Hunter SimsHunter Sims, Legal Clerk

Hunter Sims is a native of Fairmont, West Virginia. He pursued an education at West Virginia University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2020 and later graduated from the WVU College of Law in 2023. During law school, he was involved in advocating for individuals through the West Virginia Innocence Project Clinic. In his free time, Hunter enjoys going skiing, hunting, and reading books.

Paralegals

Bob SwigerBob Swiger, Head Paralegal/Trainer

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.

Jennifer MaxwellJennifer Maxwell, Senior Paralegal

Sr. Paralegal Jennifer Maxwell started her career in the legal field over 29 years ago as a legal assistant. A West Virginia native and huge animal lover, Jennifer and her husband reside in Masontown with their two rescued American Pitt Bull Terriers, Chela and LuLu, four horses, several kitties, and a chinchilla. Jennifer loves spending time with her family, especially her three nephews, and going for long ATV rides with friends. Most Sundays you can find Jennifer baking cakes, pies, or critiquing her homemade bread recipe.

Jennifer DavenportJennifer Davenport, Paralegal

Jennifer resides in Meigs County Ohio with her husband of 15 years and their five children. She has two boys and three girls ranging from 15 months to 20 years with her eldest a junior at West Liberty University. Most of her spare time is spent enjoying family activities. Her hobbies include watching her children compete in their sporting events and traveling to the different games and locations. She also enjoys trying new out of the normal restaurants with her husband. She has spent ten years working in the medical field, and recently completed her associate degree in criminal justice. She looks forward to the new chapter and experiences at Klie Law Office.

Lyndell HamiltonLyndell 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.

Marcus HuffmanMarcus Huffman, Paralegal

Marcus is a former intern of Klie Law who now assumes a Paralegal position at the same firm that sparked his journey toward attending law school. He is a recent graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.S. in English, as well as with taking interests in history, biology, and legal studies along the way.

Marcus uses his free time to write, as his work has been published in a few literary and art journals dedicated to projecting Appalachian art. He has even served as a lead copyeditor for multiple publications and organizations while in college. When not at a desk writing, he can be found cooking in his kitchen, where he enjoys imitating the cuisine of great culinary minds, such as Thomas Keller.

Legal Assistants

Tammy AdamsTammy Adams, Legal Assistant/Reception

Tammy has lived in Meigs County, Ohio near the Ohio River for 26 years. She enjoys spending time with family, and having eight grandchildren keeps her very busy. She enjoys going on discovery walks with her grandkids and discovering lots of new things, whether it be a cool rock or stick. Once upon a time, Tammy drove a school bus, which kept her busy while raising five kids. Tammy treasures the time she has with her family.

Chase BlairChase Blair, Legal Assistant/Reception

Chase Blair resides in Fairmont, West Virginia. He is pursuing an A.A. in paralegal studies at Pierpont Community and Technical College. Chase is a graduate of Calhoun County High School as a member of the Class of 2022. In his free time, he is either doing schoolwork, or spending time with family and friends on the golf course or outdoors. He always seems to find time to enjoy a movie and some coffee at the end of every day.

Isaiah WilliamsIsaiah Williams, Legal Assistant (Pre-Litigation)          

Isaiah Williams is a native from Clarksburg, West Virginia. He pursued an education at Fairmont State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in philosophy in 2023. During undergrad, Isaiah was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the International Honors Society of Psychology (Psi Chi) and the Behavioral Health Association (BHA). He plans to attend Law School starting in the Fall of 2024 or 2025. In his free time, Isaiah enjoys playing with his boxer lab mix Jessabelle, playing soccer with friends, and reading books or watching shows.

Ethan HerrickEthan Herrick, Legal Assistant

Ethan Herrick is from New Martinsville, W. Va. He graduated of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies in Law and Legal Studies, Criminology, and Philosophy. Ethan loves to take his dog Milo for hikes, listen to music, and read.  He is eager to grow and open to new experiences and opportunities.

Hannah GalloHannah Gallo, Legal Assistant

Hannah Gallo was born and raised in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. She loves to travel; Hannah spent two years living in Nottingham, England. And has visited The Netherlands, France, Germany, and Belgium. She moved to the U.S. in 2011 with her husband, Tony. They live in Clarksburg with their daughter, Mia, and four cats.

Before Klie Law Offices, Hannah spent nine years as the activities director in a senior living facility. When she is not working, Hannah loves to read, garden, cook, and listen to podcasts. A fan of many series – including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones – Hannah is teaching herself Mandarin to further her understanding of Chinese Dramas and culture.

Lynn LendabarkerLynn Lendabarker, Legal Assistant/File Clerk

Lynn Lendabarker has spent the majority of her career in libraries, “buried in the stacks.” She has spent her time making information available and accessible to anyone who was searching for it.

She is originally from the State of Maine, spent some time in the U.S. Navy, moved to Chicago for 30+ years to raise her two daughters, and has relocated to West Virginia because she fell in love with the state and its people.

She has three amazing grandchildren, two of whom are Mountaineers through and through. She currently lives in Burnsville with her husband Ray and her stubborn cat, Snoopy.

She is looking forward to waking up every day in her happy place in West Virginia!

Emily HellemsEmily Hellems, Legal Assistant

Emily Hellems has lived in West Virginia her entire life. She studied Criminal Justice at Potomac State College, earning her Associate’s degree. Emily then went on to study Criminology at West Virginia University, earning her Bachelor’s degree. Emily joined Klie Law Offices team in July 2023.

She enjoys crocheting and spending time with her cat, Lilly. Emily also loves to spend time with her family and close friends. She loves live music, the color pink, and crystals!

Christen DoleChristen Dole, Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Christen Dole relocated to Buckhannon with her two teenage sons Tj & Noah, after growing up in Baltimore, MD. She has spent her career providing administrative support for a variety of industries including construction and manufacturing. She is excited to embark on this new career supporting our team of legal professionals. She is a huge fan of true crime podcasts, watching the Baltimore Ravens play football, and a good ole’-fashioned belly laugh!

Administrative Staff

Samantha HansonSamantha Hanson, Operations Manager

Samantha Hanson has proudly worked for the Klie Law Offices team since 2015. 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.

Scott BuchananScott Buchanan, Marketing Operations Manager

Scott hails from New Jersey, but has made West Virginia his home for over 20 years. He’s a graduate from West Virginia Wesleyan College with majors in both theatre arts and communications. His love for technology and passion for storytelling has helped create conversations around local businesses and organizations for over 15 years.

He currently lives in Buckhannon with his wife and daughter, three ungrateful cats, and dozens of tropical fish. Scott’s downtime includes spending time with his family, streaming on Twitch and YouTube, playing video games, contributing to community theatre, and introducing the world of 3D printing to everyone he can.

Michelle ZickefooseMichelle 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 CogleMary Ella Cogle, Regional Office Manager

Mary Ella Cogle, better known as Office Momma, thrives on taking care of everyone around her. She and her husband, Billy, reside in Camden, West Virginia where they raise beef cattle. Mary Ella finds joy in spending time with her children and grandchildren, Warren (wife Jennifer) and grandchildren Kenley Anne, Addie Mae, and Reid Thomas of Charles Town, WV; Samantha (husband Cole), of Lost Creek, WV, and Madison, currently in the class of 2026 at VA/MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.

She enjoys volunteering with community organizations, crafting, and fun in the sun. She loves Jesus, her family and serving in any way that she can. She feels very fortunate to have found a “home” at Klie Law Offices and right here in the middle of this great state.

Stetson WestStetson West, Financial Director

Stetson is a born and raised resident of Buckhannon. He is a third-generation graduate from West Virginia Wesleyan College, completing his degree in Management in 2017. He loves spending time with his son, Silas. In his free time, he enjoys playing a round of golf with friends.

Kari FordyceKari 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.

Iris KolenichIris Kolenich, Client Services Specialist

Iris began with Klie Law as an intern while attending West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she earned a degree in Communications and a minor in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Iris transitioned to our client service team where she embraces a traveling position—allowing her to meet with folks all over the state who need to be heard and someone to trust with a problem they are facing.

Serving is important to Iris, from our clients to the West Virginia National Guard as a Specialist. Most of her life has been spent in Buckhannon and she just recently moved to Clarksburg. Her favorites include trips to explore new places or hiking paths, attending events from drag racing to game nights, and most important of all, family and the time spent together.

Wendy DayWendy Day, Billing Specialist

Wendy Day lives in Buckhannon, WV. She graduated from WVWC with a B.S. in Business Administration. The majority of her career has been in the oil and gas industry. She loves her dogs Elsa and Jack Jack. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband, read, and watch documentaries.

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