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Melissa Hambrick Luce

Medical malpractice Attorney at Charleston, WV

5.0   3 reviews

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    Represents injured patients against medical providers.

    37 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Accidents, product liability

    37 years, 1,000 cases

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 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 tens of thousands of lawyers, I was certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction earned by less than one percent of the legal profession in New Jersey. 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 teamwork 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 such high 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 hardball when that is in the best interests of my clients. My love for bungee 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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Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 03/09/2023
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 03/01/2023
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2000
Updated 02/26/2023

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

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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in town
Melissa Luce was so comforting to me and my family and assisted us in our time of need. She's very professional and compassionate and kept us informed of everything that was happening with our case. We were very fortunate to have her as our lawyer and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a lawyer who will fight for your best interests and get you the best results for your case.
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Posted by Louise | November 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
A Fantastic Lawyer
Melissa Luce settled two cases for me and was able to obtain awards in both. She was there for me over the years of grueling litigation with the upmost of kindness, caring and understanding. There are no words that can express my gratitude for her professionalism at a difficult time in my life. Any one would be thrilled to have her represent them. I only have the highest praise for her and her ability concerning the law.
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Posted by Francine | July 27, 2015
Best Lawyer Around!
I have found in the past that Melissa Luce was very professional with me during my trying time. I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone who is in need of an excellent lawyer who knows how to make her clients feel comfortable during the process. She made me feel at ease and like I would not be afraid of the questions I may be asked. She had a very calming effect on me which was gratefully appreciated.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Stephen S. Weinstein, P.A.
  • 1994 - 2008


  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
  • Oxford University Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Independent Study
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Suttle vs. Romani, Aujla and WV Vascular Institute
  • Settled


  • West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2020 - Present
  • Trial Law Institute, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Diversity Law Institute, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Injury Board
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers Care Free Legal Help for 9-11 Victims
  • Volunteer
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • West Virginia Super Lawyers (Plaintiff PI - Medical Malpractice)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%
  • The American Registry
  • 2019
  • Best Attorneys of America - Lifetime Charter Member
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in PI – WV
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Law Firms for Client Satisfaction in PI – WV
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated, Highest Level Professional Excellence
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Litigator Awards - Top 1% of Lawyers in various practice areas
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2003
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  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Ensuring Fair Play in Game to Get Medical Records
  • 2003
  • ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation Seminar
  • The Business of Litigation: When to Say Yes or No
  • 1999
  • Menopause Management
  • Legal Issues in Patient Counseling
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Bayshore Community Hospital Physician Meeting
  • Truth Telling and Disclosure of Medical Errors
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Melissa
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Missy since law school. She was hard working then and she's hard working now. She will put in the time and effort to do what needs to be done so her case will have a successful outcome. I highly recommend her."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Missy is an excellent lawyer who gets the best results possible for her clients. Her experiences handling serious medical malpractice and personal injury cases would be a great benefit for anyone needing representation in this area of the law."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa and I have worked together, and I find her to possess an exemplary legal mind and compassionate personality. This combination makes Melissa an outstanding attorney."
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Charleston Medical malpractice Lawyer Melissa Hambrick Luce
Melissa Hambrick Luce
Medical malpractice Attorney
Charleston, WV
Licensed for 36 years
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