Bio

Mark A. Robinson's practice focuses on medical liability and nursing home/extended care litigation involving legally and medically complex issues. He has represented long-term care facilities and nursing homes, physicians, nurses and hospitals in cases before West Virginia's circuit courts for over 10 years at Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso.

Mr. Robinson is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant courtroom experience, having served as counsel in more than 40 medical liability cases in the past 10 years. He has represented orthopedic surgeons, internists, obstetricians and gynecologists, general surgeons, and other health care professionals. Mr. Robinson is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Practice Areas:
  • Medical Liability
  • Nursing Home / Extended Care Litigation
Education:
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1991)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English, West Virginia University (1986)
Court Admissions:
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Representative Legal Work & Trial Experience:
  • Represented an orthopedic surgeon in a case where the plaintiff alleged the surgeon did not provide proper post-operative care which then led to the development of a pulmonary embolus
  • Represented a general surgeon in a gall bladder removal case alleging subsequent liver damage resulting in death
  • Represented a physician in a trial where the plaintiff alleged the physician failed to convert a laparoscopic operation into an open operation
  • Represented a physician in a retrial involving the case of alleged negligence for failing to screen for colorectal cancer resulting in a delay in diagnosis of patient's colon cancer
  • Represented a general surgeon in a trial where the plaintiff alleged failure to obtain informed consent and damages from a hemorrhoidectomy
  • Represented a hospital and emergency room physician in a trial involving alleged failure to timely transport motorcyclist involved in an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Represented an OB/GYN physician in an informed consent case where the plaintiff alleged the physician failed to properly inform the plaintiff of the risks and alternatives to a total abdominal hysterectomy
  • Represented a general surgeon in a trial where the plaintiff alleged that the surgeon's decision to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy activated a dormant virus which contributed to the patient's death
Reported Cases:
  • Stanley v. Chevy, --- W.Va. ---, --- S.E.2d --- (April 24, 2008)
Professional Involvement:
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Board of Governor's Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
Community Involvement:
  • Children's Therapy Clinic
  • Board of Directors
Awards & Honors:
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV®
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Medical Malpractice Law (2010 - Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Medical Malpractice - Charleston, WV
Teaching & Lecturing:
  • Presented a mock trial to the WV Health Care Association (2011)
  • Speaker and Workshop Group Leader, West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel's Trial Academy, Charleston, WV (2007)
  • Nursing Home Litigation, West Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting (2006)
  • Wrongful Death Update, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • Nursing Home Negligence in West Virginia, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Frequent lecturer to physicians, nurses, health care employees throughout West Virginia on liability and medical record keeping issues, as well as risk management
Writings & Publications:
  • State by State Compendium of Products Liability Law: West Virginia, Defense Research Institute (1993)