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Melissa Hambrick Luce

Melissa Hambrick Luce

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

About Me

For me, the most important part of my practice is the relationship I develop with each client during the course of a case.  I strive to zealously and aggressively pursue the rights of my clients, while upholding high ethical standards.  This probably comes from my upbringing in the small town of Fayetteville, West Virginia, as one of seven children, and the first in my family history to graduate from law school.  I know what it’s like to have little and to have to work hard to survive.  I have no fear of taking on big companies, those with all their resources, and fighting for the average person, and have dedicated my entire career to doing so.  I have done so in the courts of West Virginia, New Jersey and New York, among other states.  In New Jersey, where there are hundreds of thousands of lawyers, I obtained the status of Certified Trial Attorney, an award given to less than one percent of the practicing attorneys.  The kid from Fayetteville was able to compete and be successful in the “big pond”.  While I loved my time “up north” fighting for clients who were injured by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, and corporations, I decided to return to West Virginia in 2008 to fight for the wonderful people in this state who need representation for wrongs committed against them.  My participation in sports from high school through college has taught me that discipline, hard work and team work will pay off if you persevere against those who have harmed others.  My clients tell me that I’m not the “typical attorney” and I take pride in that praise.  I truly get to know my clients on a personal level which makes my representation of them even more effective.  I am happy to take risks and play hard ball when that is in the best interest of my clients.  My love for bungy jumping seems to be evidence of that attitude! 



I promise every client to fight hard, to be honest, and to provide the highest standard of professional and ethical representation.  Give me a call and let’s see if I can help you.   


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Medical Malpractice: 75%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

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Contact Info

Calwell Practice (The)

500 Randolph St
The Calwell Practice
Charleston, WV, 25302-2019



NYCurrently registered 200303/13/2015
WVAuthorized to practice law198608/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Certified AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyThe Calwell Practice2008 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey Association for JusticeBoard Member2005 - 2007
West Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1986 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
New Jersey Law JournalEnsuring Fair Play in Game to Get Medical Records2003
ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation SeminarThe Business of Litigation: When to Say Yes or No1999
Menopause MonthlyLegal Issues in Patient Counseling1994


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Davis & Elkins CollegeHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Oxford University Centre for Medieval and Renaissance StudiesElizabethan EnglandN/A1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Bayshore Community Hospital Physician MeeetingTruth Telling and Disclosure of Medical Errors2005