David S. Hughart, better known among friends as Sam, is the newest Member of the firm as of January 1, 2017. (Read the press release.) He joined Ray, Winton & Kelley as an associate in 2011. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and a 2009 graduate of the Appalachian School of Law. Throughout his academic career, Sam was a Dean’s List recipient multiple times at both West Virginia University and the Appalachian School of Law.
In law school, Sam participated in several organizations, including serving as the President of the ASL Sober Drivers. Sam was also employed by Thomson-Reuters as a Westlaw student representative for his law school.
During his legal career, Sam has practiced in a variety of legal fields, but currently concentrates in the areas of domestic relations, collections, and estate planning, administration, and litigation. Sam also handles matters involving business law, civil litigation, appellate practice, employment law, and personal injury. He has completed basic and advanced training in mediation and is prepared to handle mediation in family law cases.
Sam is currently a member of the West Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice law in the State of West Virginia and the Southern District of West Virginia.
On December 12, 2013, the Kanawha County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee presented Sam with the “Guardian Angel” award. Each year, the county’s family court judges honor a member of the bar with the award for outstanding service and dedication as a guardian ad litem representing the interests of children in family court cases. Sam’s community activities include participating in the Family Court of Kanawha County’s mock trial competition where he serves as a coach for the students of one of the county’s high schools.
Sam was raised and currently resides in Poca, West Virginia.