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Harkins, Jane E.
600 Neville Street Suite 201 Beckley, WV
Phone: (304) 254-9300
Fax: (304) 255-5519


Current Employment Position(s)

Member, since 2008

Lawyer Overview

Jane E. Harkins was born in Charleston, West Virginia.  She received her undergraduate degree in 1988 from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia, and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from West Virginia University College of Law.  She is admitted to practice before hte West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of West Virginia.  Her legal practice, while based in Beckley, West Virginia, has given her extensive experience throughout West Virginia.

Ms. Harkins began her legal practice in 1991, associating with File, Payne, Scherer & Brown, and undertaking civil defense litigation and real estate.  In 1994, she joined Brown, Levicoff & McDyer, a law firm concentrating on civil defense litigation.  She was made a partner of Brown & Levicoff, PLLC in January, 2005.  On April 7, 2008, she joined Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC as a Member of the firm, and continues her practice in its Beckley office. 

Ms. Harkins enjoys a wide variety of activities outside of the legal environment.  She is active in the Beckley Community Chorus and is the Vocalist for the New River Jazz Band.  She attends First Baptist Church in Beckley, where she participates in the Chancel Choir.

Ms. Harkins is Technical Director and a Board member of Beckley Performing Arts, which produces local theatrical and dance productions.  As a member of the casts and crews, she performs in BPA's annual productions of "The Nutcracker" and "Vampire:  A Ballet".  She has also participated with other local theater groups, such as Theatre West Virginia.  She appeared in its traditional outdoor dramas, "Honey in the Rock" and "The Hatfields and McCoys", while serving as a member of its Board and Production Committee.  She is also a member of the crew of "Dark Horse Racing", a semi-professional drag racing team, and is responsible for operating the racing computer system.

Ms. Harkins lives on a farm with her husband, Doug, where they are raising a small herd of cattle, two dogs and two cats.  She loves to cook, listen to audiobooks and walk through the wooded acreage on their property.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Employer Liability/Delibertate Intent
  • Mass and Toxic Torts
  • Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property Damage
  • Infancy/Incompetency Settlements
  • Mental Health
  • Elder and Child Law
  • Real Estate
  • Mediation
80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • ALPS (Attorney Liability Protection Society)
  • Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • CNA Insurance Companies
  • CSX Corporation
  • Erie Insurance Company
  • Farmers & Mechanics Mutual Insurance Company of West Virginia
  • GEICO (General Insurance Company)
  • Hartford ITT Insurance Company
  • Horace Mann Insurance Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Oak Casualty Company
  • The Ohio Casualty Company
  • OMNI Insurance Company
  • Penn National Insurance Company
  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Safeco Insurance Company
  • Shand Morhan & Company, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • The Travelers Indemnity Company
  • Wausau Insurance Company

Representative Cases

West Practice Categories

Employment Law -- Employee, Employment Law -- Employer, Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance Law, Litigation & Appeals, Products Liability Law, Medical Malpractice, Real Estate Law


Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Raleigh County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • West Virginia State Bar (Member)
  • West Virginia Bar Association (Member)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)

Past Employment Positions

  • File, Payne, Scherer & Brown, Beckley, WV, Associate, 1991 - 1994
  • Brown, Levicoff & McDyer, Beckley, WV, Associate, 1994 - 1996
  • Brown & Levicoff, PLLC, Associate, 1996 - 2004
  • Brown & Levicoff, PLLC, Partner, 2005 - 2008
  • Circuit Court of Kanawha County, WV, Mediator
  • West Virginia Human Rights Commission, Panel Mediator


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1991
  • Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, USA, 1988
    Major: Technical Writing

Published Works

  • Fanning Arson's Flames: The Doctrine of Innocent Insureds in West Virginia, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Index, 1992