Commissioners

J. David Cecil, Presiding Commissioner, of St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Appointed to West Virginia Court of Claims for a six year term beginning July 1, 2009. Reappointed in 2015. Born November 16, 1941, in South Charleston, son of John D. Cecil and Agnes Graham Cecil. Married to Jacquelyn Roush Cecil; children, Jennifer N. Oiler, John K. Cecil and Jana M. Cecil. Education: Kanawha County Public Schools; B.A. (1963) West Virginia University College of Law (JD 1970). Admissions: West Virginia State Bar 1970; U.S. District Courts, Southern and Northern Districts 1970; U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Judicial Circuit 1976; United States Supreme Court 1980. Trial Counsel, Charleston Legal Aid Society 1970-1972; Law Clerk Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1972-1974; State Director West Virginia Legal Services, 1974-1977. Firm of Sprouse & Cecil 1977-1979. Partner, Cecil, Pearson and Barth 1980-1993; Special Attorney General to West Virginia Public Energy Authority, 1988-1990; Partner, Armada & Cecil, 1995-1999. Managing Attorney, Humphreys and Associates, 1999-2007; Of counsel, Barth & Thompson, 2008-present.

George F. Fordham Jr. Commissioner, of Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia. Appointed to West Virginia Court of Claims for a six-year term, beginning July 1, 2013. Born July 24, 1951 in Beckley, son of George F. Fordham, M.D. and Ruth Hawes Fordham. Education: Wyoming County Public Schools, St Francis de Sales, Beckley; Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA (Magna Cum Laude, 1969); Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio (B.S. Nolo Cum Laude, 1973); Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana (J.D. 1978). Admissions: Louisiana State Bar, 1978; West Virginia State Bar 1979; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits (Including Panama Canal Zone), 1978; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1981; Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, 1981. Judge, West Virginia Court of Claims, 2004-2009, 2011-2013 (Presiding Judge 2008-2009). Special Prosecutor, Harrison County, 1988. Founding Member, West Virginia Society for Criminal Justice (Board of Directors, 1993-Present); Harrison County Bar Association 1981-Present (Board of Directors, 1993-2003); Chairman Board of Directors Harrison County Public Defender Corp. (1999-Present); Bridgeport Police Civil Service Commission 1991-92; Chairman, Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, 2002-2006; Member, West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee, 1994-1998, 2004-2008, 2010-Present; President, Harrison County Welsh Corgi Club; All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, WV

J. Rudy Martin, Commissioner, of Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Appointed to The West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission for a six-year term on July 1, 2017. Born July 17, 1951, in Martinsville, Virginia, son of Dewey L. Martin and Betty A. Martin.  Married to Wanda W. Martin; children Alexander D. Martin, Katherine R. Martin, Joshua A. Martin, and James R. Martin, Jr.  Education: Emory & Henry College (BA 1973); College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (JD 1990); Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, and Life Underwriter Training Counsel Fellow professional designations.  Admissions: West Virginia State Bar 1990, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ,1990; United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1993; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1994.  Currently in private practice as J. Rudy Martin Esq.; Jackson Kelly PLLC 1990-2018.  Private practice involves work as an insurance expert; mediator; arbitrator and facilitator in litigation matters, as well as in business disputes outside the litigation context.  Actively involved with the West Virginia State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Former Chairman of the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee’s Training and Education Subcommittee. Attended the Advanced Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School.  Member of the Kanawha County Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.  Taught a number of insurance courses and written several articles, including an article on alternative dispute resolution, which was published in Portuguese as “A Mediacao: Um Instrumento Valioso Para As Empresas,” in Mediacao compiled and edited by Jose Vasconcelos-Sousa, Quimera 2002.