Representing employees, professionals, and small business men and women.
Representing employees, professionals, and small business men and women.

About the Firm

Started as O’Brien & O’Brien in 1903, Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell & Voegelin, L.C. employs six attorneys and seven staff members. The firm primarily represents employees, professionals, and small businesses in employment and workplace-related civil rights claims. The firm is also engaged in a wide general practice, and emphasizes protecting the jobs and careers of its clients.

Areas of Practice

WE’RE PRIMARILY ENGAGED IN THE REPRESENTATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROFESSIONALS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Whistleblower Protection

We handle claims of retaliation for reporting illegal workplace activity.

Discrimination Law

We handle claims of workplace discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

Disability Discrimination

We represent disabled employees in the workplace and help students with disabilities to receive FAPE (fair and appropriate public education).

Civil Rights Litigation

We handle disputes for individuals, professionals, and businesses involving government over-reach.

Union Representation

We represent a number of unions in employment relations matters.

Wrongful Termination

We handle claims of wrongful termination from employment for employees based on contract, statutory law, and public policy in the private and public sectors.

Pension Disputes

We handle conflict over payments made to retirees through their pension funds.

Education Law

We represent families in disputes with school districts to ensure FAPE (fair and appropriate public education).

Social Security Disability/SSI

We handle Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims.

Worker’s Compensation

We represent employees injured on the job including wage replacement, loss compensation, medical expense reimbursement, and benefits.

Sexual Harassment

We handle claims of unlawful harassment of a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex.

WE ALSO REPRESENT CLIENTS IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF OTHER AREAS, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:

Serious Injury

Wrongful Death

Medical Malpractice

Insurance Disputes

Criminal

Trials and Appeals

Real Estate

Wills and Estates

Oil and Gas Royalty Issues

Construction Disputes

Parents and Special Education Students

OUR ATTORNEYS ARE ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING COURTS AS LISTED BELOW:

West Virginia

Patrick S. Cassidy

Timothy F. Cogan

Irvin N. Shapell

Wray V. Voegelin

William C. Gallagher

Thomas M. Cunningham

Ohio

Patrick S. Cassidy

Timothy F. Cogan

Thomas M. Cunningham

District of Columbia

Irvin N. Shapell

Meet Our Attorneys

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PATRICK S. CASSIDY

Mr. Cassidy is a 1966 graduate of Madonna High School Weirton, West Virginia, and obtained his B.A. degree in philosophy from Wheeling College in 1970. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1973 from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. …

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IRVIN N. SHAPELL

Irvin Shapell focuses his practice on the areas of employment law, medical malpractice, and litigation. In addition, he represents families of children with disabilities in the areas of special education and civil rights …

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WILLIAM C. GALLAGHER

William Gallagher, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, received his B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross in 1970. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University of America in 1974. Mr. Gallagher’s practice focuses on representing injured workers in the West Virginia …

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TIMOTHY F. COGAN

Born in Cleveland, Timothy Cogan is a graduate of Wheeling College (B.A. in history, ‘69), now Wheeling Jesuit University, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society; of Ohio University (M.A. in history, ‘70); and West Virginia University, where he received his law degree …

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WRAY V. VOEGELIN

Wray Voegelin, born in Middletown, New York, received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics in 1977 from New York State University at New Paltz. He received his law degree in 1982 from West Virginia University College of Law. There he was editor of the Coal Issue of the WV Law Review …

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THOMAS M. CUNNINGHAM

Mr. Cunningham’s workplace practice focus is predominately on pension and other employee benefits. He represents claimants including class-action plaintiffs for ERISA claims including against pension plans, retirement plans, and welfare plans including long-term disability (LTD) plans …

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