Paul Cranston has dedicated his practice to helping injured people and their families, and families of victims of wrongful deaths, obtain compensation for their injuries, losses, harms and other damages. He holds an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble - the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethics. Paul was also selected by the National Trial Lawyers as a "Top 100" trial lawyer possessing the knowledge, skill, and success held by only the finest trial lawyers in the U.S.
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Unmatched Experience & Skill
Attorney Paul R. Cranston is an experienced personal injury attorney. He has been litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 30 years. Paul has extensive experience and has achieved significant success in obtaining compensation for individuals and families in various types of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including, but not limited to, victims of automobile accidents, workplace accidents (including coal mine injury and death cases such as representing families of miners killed in the Sago Mine Disaster), premises liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, fires and explosions, defective products and other serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths. Paul has handled many seven-figure personal injury and wrongful death cases.
1995 to Present
Cranston & Edwards, PLLC, Morgantown, WV
Paul Cranston has been handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 29 years. Paul co-founded Cranston & Edwards, PLLC in 1995 and focuses his practice on helping injured people and their families, and families of wrongful death victims, recover the compensation they deserve in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including, but not limited to: Automobile Accidents. Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Work Place Accidents, Fires and Explosions, Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse, Unsafe Premises, and other injuries/deaths caused by someone else's negligence or other wrongful conduct.
Paul strives to get the best possible results for all of his clients.
1991 to 1995
Law Office of Paul R. Cranston, Morgantown, WV
In 1991, Paul opened his own law office to focus on helping injured people and their families, and the families of wrongful death victims. Paul’s prior work as a defense lawyer for a large insurance defense law firm (see below) provided him with invaluable knowledge, insight, and skill in how to obtain the best possible recoveries for individuals and families of victims of negligently inflicted injuries and deaths. Paul successfully operated this personal injury and wrongful death law office until expanding to Cranston & Edwards in 1995.
1988 to 1991
Steptoe & Johnson, Morgantown, WV
Began as a law clerk during the summer of 2nd year of law school in 1988 and accepted employment as an associate attorney after graduating from law school in May 1989. As an attorney with this law firm, Paul carried a large caseload of civil defense cases, including defending various types of personal injury cases on behalf of insurance companies (where he gained invaluable experience in dealing with insurance companies).
1987 to 1988
Honorable Franklin D. Cleckley, Morgantown, WV
While in law school, Paul worked as a law clerk for the late Franklin D. Cleckley (a highly regarded lawyer, law professor, judge, and humanitarian) in his private practice of law, assisting on various criminal and civil cases.
West Virginia University
West Virginia University College of Law
During law school, Paul was a member of the Moot Court Board, was named to the Order of the Barristers, and represented the West Virginia University College of Law in the prestigious "National Moot Court" competition
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Paul Cranston resides in Morgantown with his wife, Bobbi, where they raised two children, Alexandra (now a family law lawyer in Winston Salem, North Carolina) and Andrew (a 2nd year law student at the WVU College of Law). Paul enjoys sports and has played an active role in youth sports in the Morgantown area, including coaching numerous baseball, basketball and soccer teams, and serving on the boards of Cheat Lake Baseball, Cheat Lake Basketball and the West Virginia United Soccer Club.