Mary Claire focuses her practice on business litigation and appeals of all kinds. She has worked on matters in administrative tribunals, state court, and federal court involving federal debt collection, breach of contract, public utilities, federal jurisdiction, and property law. She has experience with appeals at all levels, including the West Virginia Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has also successfully filed several Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness appeals before the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals for clients across the country.
Mary Claire joined Frost Brown Todd with nearly 13 years of experience with the federal courts. For ten years she served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – one year with the Hon. Robert B. King as a term clerk and nine years with the Hon. Stephanie D. Thacker as a career law clerk.
Mary Claire served as a law clerk for the Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where she gained experience with trial-level litigation. She also served as Southern District’s first Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Supervising Attorney, a newly created position in which she revamped the District’s CJA program and supervised approximately 25 attorneys to ensure quality representation to indigent defendants.
Mary Claire also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law, where she teaches Appellate Advocacy, and is a member of the Fourth Circuit CJA Appellate Panel. Her unique experience provides invaluable insight into the litigation process from start to finish, with a special emphasis on appeals.
Mary Claire lives in Charleston with her husband Matt and three sons.
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2008
Editor in Chief, West Virginia Law Review, 2007-2008
Order of the Coif
Named Outstanding Student by the National Association for Women Lawyers
West Virginia University, Master of Arts in English, 2003
Roanoke College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2001
The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia
US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit