Michelle Gorman

Managing Partner


Michelle Gorman is the Managing Partner of the Weirton, West Virginia Office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. She has over twenty years of experience as a defense litigator and trial attorney in West Virginia and Ohio state and federal courts. Ms. Gorman primarily focuses on general and professional liability defense, and toxic tort and hazardous waste litigation. She has also been defending asbestos claims for nearly twenty years and has experience in defending other toxic exposure cases. Ms. Gorman has represented numerous manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, contractors and premises owners in mass tort litigation. As part of her general liability practice, she represents companies and employers in the oil & gas and coal industries. Ms. Gorman has also assisted with a full array of litigation matters on behalf of railroad clients, including extensive property damage claims.

In addition to her trial experience, she has successfully represented various clients in mediations, settlement conferences, extended pretrial negotiations and has obtained favorable rulings on many dispositive motions.

Michelle is an experienced litigator and counselor, representing clients in employment matters including those involving discrimination, retaliation and harassment, and wage and hour violations. Ms. Gorman has extensive experience in federal and state court in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the West Virginia Human Relations Commission.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Labor & Employment
  • Transportation



West Virginia

Supreme Court of Ohio

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court – Southern District of West Virginia

U.S. District Court – Northern District of West Virginia


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Ohio, West Virginia, and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • Member of Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® 2024 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendant and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants


Capital University Law & Graduate Center

Juris Doctor, 1996

West Liberty State College

Bachelor of Science in Business Management, 1993