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 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
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.