Overview of the Legal Division

The Legal Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways was created in accordance with W. Va. Code § 17-2A-7, which allows the Commissioner of Highways to employ competent legal staff to provide ordinary legal services. The Legal Division provides the Commissioner and his staff with advice and representation before local, county, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative bodies.

In-house counsel function in the following areas: condemnation, construction contracts, employment law, workers’ compensation, and litigation in various forums including state and federal courts, administrative bodies, and the Court of Claims. In addition, the Legal Division reviews, prepares, and advises the Commissioner regarding legal documents, statutes and regulations, as well as administrative policies and procedures. The Claims Section of the Legal Division conducts investigations of claims and potential claims for and against the Division of Highways and provides paralegal and related services.

In all, the Legal Division is responsible for approximately  1,400 cases in litigation, approximately 2,100 workers’ compensation cases, and numerous contract, property, and other legal issues.


DIRECTOR - ANTHONY G. HALKIAS

Anthony (“Tony”) G. Halkias has served as the Director of the Legal Division since 1968. Tony is a 1960 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Law. Tony serves as the primary legal advisor to the Commissioner of Highways. He handles complex litigation in all areas of highways law, and he supervises all in-house attorneys, as well as attorneys handling condemnation matters out of district offices located throughout the state.

Contact info:     Anthony.G.Halkias@wv.gov

                           (304) 558-2823


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - KRISTA D. BLACK

Krista D. Black is the Assistant Director of the Legal Division.  Krista received her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington in 1996, where she was an articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal and the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board.  Ms. Black defends the DOH in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals.

Contact info:     Krista.D.Black@wv.gov

                       (304) 558-2823

HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT:

The West Virginia Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), W. Va. Code § 29B-1-1 et seq., governs all requests to the Division of Highways to copy or inspect public records. All such requests are routed to the Legal Division for disposition.

Please address all FOIA requests as follows:

Records Custodian
c/o Legal Division
West Virginia Department of Transportation/Division of Highways
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Building 5, Room 517
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

Ensure that your request (1) identifies, with reasonable specificity, the public record/s you seek; and (2) states whether you wish to inspect or to copy the record/s.

The Division may establish fees reasonably calculated to reimburse it for its actual cost in making reproductions of public records.

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