About Wilson,
Frame & Metheney


Originally founded in 1922 by trial lawyer Judge Minter L. Wilson, Wilson, Frame, and Metheney P.L.L.C has become one of the most respected personal injury law firms in the state of West Virginia. In 1955, Clark B. Frame joined the firm, eventually followed by his son, William L. Frame in 1982. Wesley W. Metheney added his expertise in 1983.

Today, attorneys Bill Frame and Wes Metheney combine their experience with integrity and honesty to help clients receive what is rightfully theirs.

Located on Coombs Farm Drive in Morgantown, Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC serves clients in Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Taylor and Preston Counties in West Virginia, Fayette and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania, and Garrett County, Maryland*.

For a complimentary consultation, please call 304.292.9429 or contact us today.

*For out-of-state cases, we associate with local lawyers.

  • Wes

    Wesley W. “Wes” Metheney
    E-mail Wes


    West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1983
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    Bachelor of Science - 1968

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Association of Justice – AAJ
      • Sustaining Member, M Club
      • Outstanding State Delegate Award 1999 - 2000
    • West Virginia Association for Justice (West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)
      • Board Member since 1983
      • Sustaining Member
      • President, 1995 - 1996
      • Member of the Year
      • President’s Award, 2000 – Present
    • Founding Fellow, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    • West Virginia State Bar Foundation, Fellow

    Wes Metheney is a native West Virginian and has been trying complex legal cases throughout the state and surrounding states since 1983.  He handles civil and criminal cases at both the trial court level and appellate levels.

    Wes is one of only nine lawyers in West Virginia who is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pre Trial Practice Advocacy.  Board Certification in these fields is provided by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, which is an American Bar Association accredited organization.

    Wes Metheney has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded-by both the profession and the public-as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. His peers have additionally recognized him as the “2017 Lawyer of the Year” for the Morgantown Area in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.

    Wes has also received the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent, which is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that the lawyer’s peers and clients rate him at the highest level of professional excellence with very high ethical standards.

    In 2014, Wes was chosen to be a Founding Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel whose mission is to objectively recognize attorneys who elevate the standards of the bar and provide a bench mark for other lawyers. Only 100 lawyers in the United States were chosen for this honor and only one of two lawyers selected in West Virginia.

    In 2015, Wes was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyers Honorary Society, for excellence in the art of advocacy and the highest ethical standards and integrity.

    In 2010, Wes was selected as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state.  Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, stature, and profile as a trial lawyer for civil plaintiffs or criminal defendants.

    Since 2007, Super Lawyers has listed Wes as one of the Top 5% of the lawyers in West Virginia.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and assessment.


    Representative Cases

    Medical Malpractice:
    Riggs v. WVU Hospitals, et. al., – hospital negligence; landmark infection case
    Johnson, Lofton v. WVU Hospitals, et. al. – hospital negligence case; landmark exposure to AIDS case
    Powell v. WVU Board of Governors, et. al. – failure to diagnose brain tumor in a young child
    Futten v. University of WV Board of Trustees and WVU Hospitals – wrongful death of twin infants, failure to diagnose fetal distress and negligent failure to perform emergency C-Sections
    In Re: Death of Baby Girl Myers – wrongful death of infant – failure to diagnose necrotizing gram pneumonitis
    Snyder v. Weyrich and Reynolds Memorial Hospital – wrongful death, sinus surgery, brain perforation during surgery (Moundsville, WV)
    Cady v. Jones and Monongalia General Hospital – hospital/physician negligence, spinal stenosis surgery, paralysis
    Cortes-Vargas v. Lotshaw – physician negligence during hysterectomy resulting in multiple injuries, hemorrhage and paralysis.

    Motor Vehicle Accidents:
    Scroggie v. Shipley Transport System, et. al. – negligent maintenance of tractor trailer rig, lost wheel and tire assembly impact with passenger vehicle, massive skull fractures, brain damage, and loss of familial consortium
    McCormick v. Federal Express, et. al.
     – negligent operation of a delivery vehicle, driving left of center, injuries to multiple parties, including paralysis of five year old child
    Weaver v. Lanham
     – wrongful death of mother and spinal cord injuries and paralysis of three minor  children; negligent operation of vehicle crossing center line
    Slavensky v. Monongalia County EMS, et. al.
    , – negligent operation of ambulance; severe injuries to health care worker
    Crooks v. Paul Thomas & Sons Trucking
    , et. al. – negligent operation of tractor trailer, chain reaction collision, multiple injuries to senior citizens in a passenger vehicle

    Workplace Injuries:
    Mearns v. Antero Resources Corporation, et. al. – Marcellus gas well, gas well drilling site explosion; wrongful death of gas field worker
    Phillips v. Moore Business Forms – loss of toes on loading dock, deliberate intent
    Prater v. B & O Railroad, et. al. – wrongful death, negligent operation of train – FELA case

    Defective Products:
    Sonya Carl v. Piper Aviation Trust – inflight breakup of aircraft, wrongful death
    Shroyer v. Boston Scientific – cardiac personal injury, negligent manufacture of cardiac cutting balloon
    Wolfe v. Bechtel, et al. – wrongful death, negligent design of coal silo at electrical generating plant
    Mayle v. Ahlstrom Pyropower, et. al. – defective design, manufacture and collapse of fly ash bin system resulting in severe burns and other injuries at electric generating plant.

    Sexual Abuse Cases:
    Miller v. Monongalia County Board of Education – sexual abuse by a teacher
    Vance v. Monongalia County Board of Education – sexual abuse by a teacher
    Greulick v. Pocahontas County Board of Education – sexual abuse by teacher

    State v. Frabutt – embezzlement
    State v. Peddicord – arson
    State v. Simms – murder
    State v. Haller – rape
    State v. Richter – wanton endangerment with firearm

    Appellate Cases in Supreme Court:
    Sellaro v. Sellaro – alimony; equitable distribution
    Robinson v. Randolph County Commission – wrongful death; jail suicide
    Spears v. Spears – appeal, child custody.
    In Re: Metheney – right to bear arms – concealed carry permit standards
    Erika Miller v. Mon County Board of Education – wrongful dismissal of case/ sexual abuse by a teacher

    Certified Legal Specialties
    Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
    Board Certified Civil PreTrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar Admissions
    West Virginia, 1983
    Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
    U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
    U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
    U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    U.S. Supreme Court

  • Wes

    William L. “Bill” Frame
    E-mail Bill

    • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
      Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1982
    • University of Nothern Colorado
      Bachelor of Science – 1979
      Major: Political Science and Economics

    Professional Associations and Memberships
    • AAJ, Sustaining Member, M Club, Eagle
    • WVTLA, President, 2003
    • WVTLA, Sustaining Member, Board of Governors
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

    Bill Frame began practicing law at Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC, in May, 1982. Then, as now, the firm was dedicated almost exclusively to helping children, families, workers, consumers and others wrongfully injured or killed. Bill immediately began trying cases to juries in both State and Federal courts. Early on in his career Bill was trying complex cases involving coal mining injuries and deaths, major motor vehicle collisions, catastrophic explosions and burn injuries, cases involving defective products and exposure to toxic substances, medical malpractice and construction site incidents.

    At the same time, Bill Frame and his firm were pioneers in broadening and expanding insurance law in West Virginia, fighting for greater insurance coverage in liability and underinsurance situations, and challenging insurance industry practices with insurance bad faith litigation. Bill has had extensive experience and success in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

    For his commitment to and passion to his clients, Bill has been recognized by his peers and honored for his work. He is a career long member of the America Association for Justice, achieving leadership status as an “Eagle.” Bill has also been a member of the West Virginia Association for Justice, serving on its Board of Governors, and was chosen as its President in 2002.

    Bill Frame has been recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer from 2006 to present, been invited to join the National Trial Lawyers as one of its “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers for 2015″, and by Best Lawyers(8), Best Lawyers in West Virginia.

    Bill Frame handles all types of motor vehicle accidents including passenger vehicles, motorcycles, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles. He also handles cases involving workplace injuries or death, medical malpractice and defective products. He actively prosecutes cases against insurance companies for bad faith and refusal to settle claims.

    Recent Cases:

    Marcellus Gas Well Explosions: Schoolcraft v. Chesapeake, et al., hydrocarbon vapors ignited, causing explosion, Severe burn injuries;

    Murray v. Anterno Resources, Nabors Completion and Production Co., diesel engine ignited hydrocarbon vapors, multiple fatalities and burn injuries.

    Infected TKA: Biesczad v. United Hospital Center and Joseph Fazalare, M.D., failed total knee arthroplasty, infection, permanent total disability;

    Nursing Home Neglect: Wolfe v. Heartland of Preston County, failure to prevent fall, wrongful death;

    Representative Cases:

    Medical Malpractice:

    Lemley v. Monongalia General Hospital, wrongful death after Coronary artery bypass grafting;

    Ewing v. West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., and VVVll Board of Governors, wrongful death following repair of atrial septal defect;

    Bland v. Womancare, failure/delay in diagnosis of breast cancer;

    Cottrill v. United Hospital Center, wrongful death resulting from failure to monitor anesthesia;

    Southerly v. Grant Memorial Hospital, failure to diagnosis damage to popliteal artery, amputation.

    Defective Products:

    Stiles v. Continental Motors, Federal Aviation Administration, aviation accident, defective stud in motor, negligence in air-traffic control;

    Huber v. Ford Motor Company, wrongful death resulting from defective speed control cable.

    Workplace Injuries:

    Gum v. Trus Joist McMillen, gas line explosion; Lawson v. Consol, mine Shaft explosion; Nester v. Monongahela Power Company, toxic exposure, mercury poisoning.

    Motor Vehicle Accidents:

    Menear v. VVV Department of Highways, burn injuries, asphalt truck upset; Strawser v. Mowry, Semi-tractor trailer ran over truck driver; Poling v. EverSon, motorcycle/vehicular accident;

    Insurance Claims:

    Lazzell v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., bad faith refusal to pay fire loss; Metheny v. Roberts, bad faith refusal to surrender within policy limits resulting in a substantial excess recovery; Korzun v. Yi, Hertz Rental Car, declaration of coverage for underinsured motorist,


    State v. Cullers, first degree murder;

    State v. John Boy, Sexual assault by a custodian; State v. Pruitt, armed robbery;

    State v. Sypolt, child sexual assault;

    Areas of Practice

    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Catastrophic Injuries
    • Defective Products
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Criminal Defense in Federal and State Courts
    • Family Law

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Bar Admissions
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1982 U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1983 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1989 Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1982