Bradley H. Layne focuses his practice in the areas of maritime injuries, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law and Social Security disability. Brad is a 1987 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1991.
In law school, he served as Articles Editor of the West Virginia Review and was also honored with selection to The Order of the Coif, the most prestigious award obtainable by a law student, given only to those students who graduate in the top of their law school class. He entered the practice of law in 1991, joining the firm of Robinson and McElwee in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1992, he joined the firm of C. Dallas Kayser L.C., the predecessor of Kayser Layne & Clark, PLLC. Brad has over 26 years of experience in representing injured and disabled individuals in civil cases against insurance companies and large corporations.
He was the author of Post-Erisa Interpretation of Pre-Erisa Pension Plans: Dissention among the Circuits, published in Volume 92, Number 3 of The West Virginia Law Review. The article was also selected by Westlaw from several articles to be published on their service at the time of writing. He was also the co-author of Psychiatric Disability: Legal and Administrative Dimensions, National Business Institute Seminar, (November 1991).
He is a member of the West Virginia Association of Justice , the American Association of Justice Admiralty Law and Social Security Disability Sections, Mason County Bar Association (former president), and West Virginia State Bar. He is licensed to practice in both State and Federal court in West Virginia and has practiced with special permission in various other state and federal courts.
In addition to his professional memberships, he is a founding member of Bend Area CARE, a local charitable organization that provides aid to individuals and families struck by hardship in the local area and also provides Christmas presents to underprivileged children. He is also a member of several other civic and fraternal organizations and is an active performing musician and vocalist.
Brad resides on the family horse farm outside New Haven, West Virginia, with his family and several purebred American Quarter horses. Along with spending time with his daughters, he enjoys playing, writing, and recording music, horseback riding and showing, snow skiing, and boating.