Ben J. Crawley-Woods

Experience

Ben Crawley-Woods’ legal practice began in 2009 with one of the oldest firms in West Virginia (est. 1908). He focused on liability defense and insurance coverage analysis before pursuing a business venture as a solo practitioner. Ben handled almost 500 cases in his general practice, taking matters to jury trial in state and federal court. His clients’ issues ranged from workers’ compensation and ERISA disputes to criminal indictments. One of his proudest moments is obtaining a complete acquittal by jury for an innocent young man, who faced charges that could have resulted in a lifetime prison sentence. Ben is also a contributor to F&P liability insights and blog articles.

 

Ben has also successfully argued multiple issues before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. One of his cases was selected for presentation in the LAWS (Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students) program when the Supreme Court convened for oral argument at the WVU College of Law.


Before joining Franklin & Prokopik, Ben served as a judicial clerk in the 23rd Circuit of West Virginia, helping conduct 16 jury trials, including civil claims against governmental entities, individuals, and private companies. Outside of his law practice, Ben has served as an adjunct professor of political science at Shepherd University, and as a board member for a non-profit corporation and the Eastern Panhandle Bar Association. 

Awards and Distinctions

  • National Merit Scholarship (FSU), 1999
  • WVU Moot Court Board (Secretary; Kaufman Securities Law Competition, Semi-Finalist). 2009
  • Leadership Berkeley Program Graduate, 2011

Activities

Born and raised in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Ben has a strong commitment to economic development in the State. Before obtaining his law degree, he was a laborer in the construction industry, invested in real estate, and worked for a local board of education. When he’s not in court, solving or preventing legal problems, Ben enjoys being outdoors, playing sports with his wife and three sons. 

Gregory E. Kennedy

Experience

Greg Kennedy joined Franklin & Prokopik in 2012 and has been practicing law for nearly 20 years. He provides a broad spectrum of legal services to clients, representing companies large and small across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Greg gained experience in complex litigation, banking, and real property matters as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson. He was also an in-house general counsel for a regional general contractor that operated redi-mix concrete and asphalt divisions. In addition to his legal experience, Greg has served as a professional land planner and as a zoning administrator for a municipality in Virginia. This diverse background has enabled Greg to defend product liability claims, premises liability claims, mechanic’s lien claims, contract claims, general liability claims, and real property matters for his clients.

While in law school, Greg participated in the Moot Court Board, was elected to The Order of Barristers, served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Writing Program and was a law clerk for the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Activities

Greg has lectured on issues of law and procedure involving zoning and land use matters, and municipal annexations. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar; the Berkeley County, West Virginia Bar Association; the American Planning Association; and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Rebecca L. Dannenberg

Experience

A principal with the law firm of Franklin & Prokopik, Becki Dannenberg has over 20 years of experience advising and representing clients in a variety of litigated cases and business issues.

Becki defends corporations and individuals in civil matters involving premises liability, construction and design defects, director’s and officer’s liability, professional liability, product liability, transportation, intentional torts, and workers’ compensation. She has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts and has successfully argued in the appellate courts of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit.

Becki advises clients on employee discharge and discipline, employee handbooks and policies, and contracts governing business relationships, including subcontract and indemnifications agreements.

Activities

Becki lectures on issues of law and civil litigation. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Virginia Trucking Associations, and the Fairfax County Bar Association.