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Why do we only practice employment law?  Because the workplace is where we spend most of our lives.  It is where we will invest our time and talents for ourselves and our families and where we will build our futures.    Just two years after I graduated law school,  a family member was demoted based upon his age.  He had worked all his life, providing for his family, and at age 62, a substantially younger employee was given his job.   The case affected me greatly, and from that point,  employment law became my focus.

At Hughes & Goldner, PLLC, we understand the economic and emotional injuries of losing your job, demotion, failure of accommodation, discrimination, or harassment.   We hope that you will take the time to read our clients' reviews to become more familiar with our approach to representation.   Thank you for visiting this site.  For more information, see our website.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 25%
    25 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
  3. Discrimination: 25%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 25%
    1 year


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Bobby Warner

    Maria is one of the most talented lawyer in West Virginia. She is one of the few employment lawyers who will actually take a case to trial and not accept the lowball offers from the insurance companies. She is very aggressive but also very professional and a joy to work with on a case. I often refer people to Maria.


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  • Mark E. Troy

    I endorse this lawyer. She is one of the premier employment law attorneys in our city and State. I would highly recommend her for any employment law or wrongful termination matter.


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Contact info

Hughes & Goldner, PLLC

Hughes & Goldner PLLC
PO Box 11662
Charleston, WV, 25339


WVAuthorized to practice law199707/13/2016
GAResigned Membership 199007/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Order of the CoifWVU College of Law1990
Patrick Duffy Koontz Award-Scholastic AchievementWVU College of Law1990
WV Law ReviewWVU College of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberHughes & Goldner PLLC2012 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
West Virginia Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Leadership West VirginiaMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nagy v West Virginia American WaterVerdict for James Nagy
Stiltner v. Cabell County Commission et al.Settlement
Lambert v. Cabell County Commission et al.Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Seminar materialsRecruiting, Hiring & Orientation Procedures2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
West Virginia University College of LawAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment LawEmployment Law2010
Employee Discharge & DocumentationRecruiting, Hiring, & Orientation Procedures2008
Employee Discharge & DocumentationEmployee Discharge & Documentation1998