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Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC

Debra Varner

Reported Cases

  • J.A. Street & Assoc. Inc. v. Bitco General Ins. Co.

2019 WL 1949710 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2019)

  • Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Empire Builders, 2017 WL 6542508 (S.D. W. Va. 2017)
  • All Risk Ltd. v. Old White Charities, Inc., 715 Fed. Appx. 274 (4th Cir. 2017)
  • Braxton Lumber Co., Inc. v. Lloyds, Inc., 793 S.E. 2d 341 (W. Va. 2016)
  • Berkhouse v. Great American Assur. Co.,

2013 WL 6152414 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2013)

  • Longanacre v. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co.,

2013 WL 5967104 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2013)

  • Dunn v. Rockwell, 689 S.E.2d 255 (W. Va. 2009)
  • Strahin v. Sullivan, 647 S.E.2d 765 (W.Va. 2007)
  • Strahin v. Sullivan, 603 S.E.2d 197 (W. Va. 2007)
  • Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Conley, 624 S.E.2d 599 (W.Va. 2005)
  • Clark v. Druckman, 624 S.E.2d 864 (W.Va. 2005)
  • W.Va. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Stanley, 602 S.E.2d 483 (W.Va. 2004)
  • Findley v. Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 576 S.E.2d 807 (W.Va. 2002)
  • Estate of Davis by Casey v. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 533 S.E.2d 33 (W.Va. 2000)

Attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner

Debra Tedeschi Varner is the WV insurance lawyer that West Virginia insurers, businesses, and industry organizations turn to for their insurance and business litigation needs. Her reputation for exemplary litigation skills, experience, and a superior understanding of insurance coverage and defense issues make Debra the first choice for clients seeking outstanding counsel for their litigation and appellate needs.

Attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner: A Leading WV Insurance Lawyer

When searching for an attorney who is both an experienced litigator and someone industry professionals rely on for training and the latest intelligence on insurance litigation trends and outcomes, the obvious answer is attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner. She has nearly 30 years of experience as an effective and reliable insurance and business litigator, putting progressive trial strategies and a deep understanding of insurance and commercial litigation to work for her client-targeted results.

How Debra Tedeschi Varner Set the Groundwork for Success

Debra’s success as a litigator began when she earned her bachelor of arts in accounting from William Paterson University. She then studied at the prestigious University of Richmond School of Law, where she earned her law degree. Her early career included two years as Family Law Master for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, cutting her teeth on litigation from the bench side. For nearly two decades since then, Debra has focused mainly on insurance litigation in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense, and bad faith litigation.

Trial and Appellate Skills Respected Across the State

With years of dedicated study complementing her passion for writing and arguing cases, this Clarksburg insurance lawyer has honed her craft to become one of the most respected litigators and resources on insurance coverage and defense litigation in West Virginia. Her active trial practice finds her regularly in both state and federal courts across the state.

Debra also maintains a vigorous appellate practice, capably presenting cases in both state and federal courts. She has frequently argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and is also admitted to practice before the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the Eastern and Western District Courts of Pennsylvania and courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Her broad insurance coverage and defense practice includes serving insurance carriers as well as their insureds. She combines a detail-oriented approach with an astute eye for the bigger picture, priming each client for success with robust litigation skills for insurance coverage and defense across all types of insurance, including medical malpractice defense.

Debra Varner: An Insurance Litigation Industry Leader

With a reputation as a prominent WV insurance lawyer, Debra is also a leader in legal and insurance industry professional organizations. Based at Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC in Clarksburg, West Virginia, she is a frequent speaker across the country, presenting seminars and training sessions to insurance companies and corporate executives on claim handling and discovery in insurance litigation.

In addition to a vibrant private practice, Debra also contributes to her profession. She currently serves as the President of the American College of Coverage Counsel. She previously served in leadership roles at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), as well as the FDCC Litigation Management College. Her professional involvements also include memberships in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Counsel of America, the Defense Research Institute, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Harrison County Bar Association.

Debra’s peers have also recognized her leadership and skill, resulting in her inclusion in Super Lawyers® as a Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Clarksburg, WV. She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2016 in the area of Litigation—Insurance and was named as 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation—Insurance for Morgantown, West Virginia. The Morgantown, West Virginia metro includes 15 cities from the northern part of West Virginia.

 

Debra Varner

Attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner

Debra Tedeschi Varner is the WV insurance lawyer that West Virginia insurers, businesses, and industry organizations turn to for their insurance and business litigation needs. Her reputation for exemplary litigation skills, experience, and a superior understanding of insurance coverage and defense issues make Debra the first choice for clients seeking outstanding counsel for their litigation and appellate needs.

Attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner: A Leading WV Insurance Lawyer

When searching for an attorney who is both an experienced litigator and someone industry professionals rely on for training and the latest intelligence on insurance litigation trends and outcomes, the obvious answer is attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner. She has nearly 30 years of experience as an effective and reliable insurance and business litigator, putting progressive trial strategies and a deep understanding of insurance and commercial litigation to work for her client-targeted results.

How Debra Tedeschi Varner Set the Groundwork for Success

Debra’s success as a litigator began when she earned her bachelor of arts in accounting from William Paterson University. She then studied at the prestigious University of Richmond School of Law, where she earned her law degree. Her early career included two years as Family Law Master for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, cutting her teeth on litigation from the bench side. For nearly two decades since then, Debra has focused mainly on insurance litigation in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense, and bad faith litigation.

Trial and Appellate Skills Respected Across the State

With years of dedicated study complementing her passion for writing and arguing cases, this Clarksburg insurance lawyer has honed her craft to become one of the most respected litigators and resources on insurance coverage and defense litigation in West Virginia. Her active trial practice finds her regularly in both state and federal courts across the state.

Debra also maintains a vigorous appellate practice, capably presenting cases in both state and federal courts. She has frequently argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and is also admitted to practice before the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the Eastern and Western District Courts of Pennsylvania and courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Her broad insurance coverage and defense practice includes serving insurance carriers as well as their insureds. She combines a detail-oriented approach with an astute eye for the bigger picture, priming each client for success with robust litigation skills for insurance coverage and defense across all types of insurance, including medical malpractice defense.

Debra Varner: An Insurance Litigation Industry Leader

With a reputation as a prominent WV insurance lawyer, Debra is also a leader in legal and insurance industry professional organizations. Based at Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC in Clarksburg, West Virginia, she is a frequent speaker across the country, presenting seminars and training sessions to insurance companies and corporate executives on claim handling and discovery in insurance litigation.

In addition to a vibrant private practice, Debra also contributes to her profession. She currently serves as the President of the American College of Coverage Counsel. She previously served in leadership roles at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), as well as the FDCC Litigation Management College. Her professional involvements also include memberships in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Counsel of America, the Defense Research Institute, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Harrison County Bar Association.

Debra’s peers have also recognized her leadership and skill, resulting in her inclusion in Super Lawyers® as a Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Clarksburg, WV. She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2016 in the area of Litigation—Insurance and was named as 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation—Insurance for Morgantown, West Virginia. The Morgantown, West Virginia metro includes 15 cities from the northern part of West Virginia.

 

Reported Cases

  • J.A. Street & Assoc. Inc. v. Bitco General Ins. Co.

2019 WL 1949710 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2019)

  • Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Empire Builders, 2017 WL 6542508 (S.D. W. Va. 2017)
  • All Risk Ltd. v. Old White Charities, Inc., 715 Fed. Appx. 274 (4th Cir. 2017)
  • Braxton Lumber Co., Inc. v. Lloyds, Inc., 793 S.E. 2d 341 (W. Va. 2016)
  • Berkhouse v. Great American Assur. Co.,

2013 WL 6152414 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2013)

  • Longanacre v. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co.,

2013 WL 5967104 (Memorandum Decision) (W. Va. 2013)

  • Dunn v. Rockwell, 689 S.E.2d 255 (W. Va. 2009)
  • Strahin v. Sullivan, 647 S.E.2d 765 (W.Va. 2007)
  • Strahin v. Sullivan, 603 S.E.2d 197 (W. Va. 2007)
  • Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Conley, 624 S.E.2d 599 (W.Va. 2005)
  • Clark v. Druckman, 624 S.E.2d 864 (W.Va. 2005)
  • W.Va. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Stanley, 602 S.E.2d 483 (W.Va. 2004)
  • Findley v. Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 576 S.E.2d 807 (W.Va. 2002)
  • Estate of Davis by Casey v. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 533 S.E.2d 33 (W.Va. 2000)

Debra Tedeschi Varner is the Entire Insurance Package

On the rare occasions Debra is not preparing or arguing a case or educating professionals on WV insurance litigation, she unwinds and regroups by enjoying travel, hiking, and time with her family. Whether she’s winning a decades-long case against a property developer, capably handling insurance coverage defense matters for carriers and insurers throughout the state, or educating executives and insurers, attorney Debra Tedeschi Varner uses her love of the challenge and fulfillment from handling complex litigation to help achieve her clients’ goals efficiently and effectively.

Office: (304) 918-2841 | Direct: (304) 614-0404

360 Washington Ave | Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301