We understand West Virginia laws. We're focused on your needs.
Klie Law Offices' attorneys work tirelessly on complicated legal cases throughout West Virginia. Whether it's a wrongful termination claim in Buckhannon, a workplace discrimination complaint in Morgantown or another type of legal case in Charleston, we know what to do if you're facing a serious legal challenge. That's because our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping people move forward with their lives.
We work hard because we know what's at stake. Perhaps you wrongly lost your job. Or your health's at risk. Or maybe you're facing foreclosure on your home or your business. That's why we work so hard on every case we handle at our law firm. We know that if we don't win, your life could be changed forever.
We care about our clients. We also realize winning legal cases takes time, dedication and the drive to succeed. That's why it's important to talk with an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible. We want to learn about the details associated with your case, then help you get your life back on track.
History of Klie Law Offices
Our law firm was founded in 2005 with one simple goal - to provide exceptional legal advice to the people who need it most. Our goal hasn't changed. That's why we're proud of our results and our ability to consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for clients.
A fair verdict or settlement can be a lifeline for many families. Without this money, many people cannot pay their medical bills, mortgage and other household expenses, especially if they're unable to work for weeks or months or even longer.
Every single legal case is different. There's no simple solution to every complex legal problem. That's why our lawyers take the time to learn about every single case. We're eager to meet with you and learn more about your specific legal matter.
Meet the attorneys at Klie Law Offices
Some law firms simply tell people what to do. We take a different approach. We listen. We find out exactly what's wrong, and then we work with you to develop a legal strategy. We value your opinions. We're on the same team.
"One of the things that makes me the most happy about my practice is helping people," Attorney Kolenich said. "There's no better feeling in the world than when you get a great verdict for somebody who is really, really deserving of the money and somebody who really appreciates it. That's what keeps me here."
Attorney Kolenich was admitted to practice law in 2004 and is licensed in state and federal court in West Virginia and Ohio. She is a 2001 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and a 2004 graduate of the University of Akron School of Law. Attorney Kolenich has litigated hundreds of civil cases, including personal injury, discrimination and wrongful death cases.
Attorney Kolenich has a proven track record as a skilled trial attorney as well as extensive appellate experience. Ms. Kolenich is also a trained mediator and has completed basic and advanced mediation education and training.
She resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia, with her husband and daughter. An active member of the community, Ms. Kolenich donates several hours of her time to local organizations including the Head Start program and Community Theatre.
- West Virginia and Ohio
- West Virginia Wesleyan College
Dramatic Arts/Political Science
B.A. - 2001
- University of Akron School of Law
- West Virginia Association for Justice
- The American Association for Justice
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Member of the National Trial Lawyers Association
- Buckhannon Upshur Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
- Upshur Arts Alliance, Board Member
- Zeta Tau Alpha, Advisor
- Buckhannon Landmarks Commission
- Upshur Human Resources, Board Member
- Buckhannon Community Theatre - Executive Producer
Attorney Karl Kolenich is a 2013 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Law. Kolenich earned a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he studied economics. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and was raised in Medina County, Ohio where he attended Cloverleaf High School.
Mr. Kolenich is a strong advocate and dedicated to obtaining justice for those who have been wrongfully injured. He is a member of the West Virginia Association for Justice. Kolenich has been with Klie Law Offices since it was founded and has finally joined the team as a member of the West Virginia Bar. Mr. Kolenich is also licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio. In his spare time, he enjoys auto events and cars.
James is a 2015 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and a proud new member of the West Virginia State Bar. He earned his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Psychology from West Virginia University in 2010. James is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, where he worked for 13 years at an insurance defense law firm. James is an avid and lifelong Mountaineer fan and never misses a game.
James believes in strong representation for the injured citizens of West Virginia, and focuses his practice on personal injury, employment, and family law. James has been helping attorneys analyze and prepare cases for over a dozen years, and he is excited to utilize that experience to help the great people of West Virginia.
- West Virginia
- West Virginia University
Bachelor of Sciences/Psychology
Dean's List, 2003 - Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
Dean's List, 2005 - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
- West Virginia University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2015
WVU College of Law Clinical Law Program, General Clinic
Moot Court Board - Baker Cup Chairman
Lugar Trial Association - Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Team
Cali Award - Race, Racism, and American Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
ACLU of West Virginia
- West Virginia Association for Justice
- West Virginia University Alumni Association - Lifetime Member
- West Virginia Golf Association
Attorney Melissa Roman was admitted to practice law in 2007 and is licensed in state and federal court in West Virginia. She is a 2002 graduate of West Virginia State University and a 2007 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, where she was also an officer for Public Interest Advocates. Mrs. Roman has litigation experience in a variety of civil cases, including personal injury, civil rights and governmental torts, products liability, environmental class actions, oil and gas law, real estate law, wills and estates, business law and contracts. Attorney Roman has successfully represented clients to the West Virginia State Supreme Court and has completed basic mediator training.
She resides in Mount Clare, West Virginia, with her husband and son. In her spare time she enjoys Mountaineer sporting events, traveling and playing piano.
Samantha Dean, Paralegal
Michelle Zickefoose, Administrative Assistant