Since 1994, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, LC, has offered professional, caring service to all of its clients. Now serving in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan and Beckley areas. Jan Dils and her firm are experienced in all forms of Social Security and Disability benefits, Veteran’s Benefits and Personal Injury cases.
Jan Dils graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Marketing and Economics. She then went on to receive her Masters in Business Administration in 1991, and her law degree from West Virginia University in 1994. That same year, she was admitted to the West Virginia Bar, and began practicing in Parkersburg. The focal point of her practice has been helping clients with Social Security, Veteran’s Benefits and Personal Injury Law. Jan is a sustaining member of the National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
Dedication to providing a voice for those who are not always heard is the driving force behind Angie Thompson and her work as an Attorney for Jan Dils. After personally meeting with her clients, Angie works on preparing each claim, then represents her clients at hearings. Prior to joining the Jan Dils team, Angie finished her law degree and completed an internship with The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Westminster College in 2004. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne Law School in 2008. Angie is also accredited within the Department of Veterans’ Administration, which gives her valuable experience, knowledge and insight into many areas of specific concern to veterans.
Giving top priority to each and every client is one of the keys to Social Security attorney Gowan Moise’s success. He enjoys talking with his clients and getting to know them, and says that understanding their individual circumstances helps him put together the most effective case possible.
Before joining Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Gowan gained an impressive roster of experience in the areas of civil litigation, Social Security and Medicaid. He even co-founded a firm that specialized in Social Security Disability law. As a member of the Jan Dils team, Gowan says that he enjoys the positive environment, efficiency, and organization that helps everyone work toward the same goal: helping clients receive the benefits they deserve.
In his spare time, Gowan enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and daughter, as well running 5k and 10k races, and watching college football. The self-described “fervent Liverpool FC fan” also watches, coaches and plays soccer.
Before returning to her home state of West Virginia, Heather gained a valuable mix of education and experience that make her such an important part of the Jan Dils team. She graduated from Hobart William Smith colleges (Geneva, New York) in 1999 with a double major in political science and environmental studies. She then attended Roger Williams University School of Law and graduated in 2002. Upon graduation from law school, Heather moved to Washington D.C. and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Not long after that, Heather moved home to West Virginia and practiced law for over four years with the not-for-profit firm Mountain State Justice. There, she focused on helping low income families with consumer protection issues. Heather joined the Jan Dils team in the summer of 2007 and is now focusing on Social Security and Veterans benefits. Heather is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
From his former position as a disability adjudicator for DDS, attorney Kevin Walker brings valuable knowledge of the disability process to his current role with the Jan Dils team. He understands what his clients are going through as they fight to obtain their benefits, and helps each person he works with by taking the time to fully explain each step. Kevin cites the positive working atmosphere and his co-workers’ genuine desire to help others as the thing he enjoys most about his new team. Before embarking on his career, Kevin earned is B.A. in History from Asbury University in 2004 where he graduated Cum Laude. He then went on to earn a Commonwealth Scholarship and receive his J.D. from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2011. When he’s not busy helping his clients succeed in obtaining their benefits, Kevin enjoys watching sports and spending time with his wife, Janelle, their son Jackson, and daughter Lily-Rose.
By applying his written advocacy skills, Harold Carpenter, or “H.K.”, is able to bring together an entire case into a written brief that best demonstrates each client’s impairments. Since joining the Jan Dils team in May, 2012, this skill has served both H.K. and his clients very well. In addition to the hours he spends meticulously preparing each case, H.K. enjoys getting to know the clients he works with, as well as adding to the teamwork and “can do” attitude that the Jan Dils team has become known for. After majoring in Psychology, with minors in Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science at WVU, H.K. earned his law degree from WVU as well. This explains why he has become such an avid WVU fan. In fact, he enjoys almost all sports, particularly the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, as well as spending time with his fiancé.
Social Security Disability Attorney Michelle
Practicing law is a second career for Cheli, who previously worked as an educator, coach, and professional development coordinator and as the project director for multiple federal educational technology grants in North Carolina. Cheli joined the Jan Dils team in February 2012 and within months transitioned into the lead appellate brief writer for the firm. Her skills as a former teacher also have benefited the firm well as she developed the attorney mentor-mentee training and professional development programs and continues to provide training sessions to attorneys and staff.
Even before Google and the Internet, Cheli had been fascinated by all kinds of research. For fun as a child, she often spent hours at her local public library researching everything from comets to wolves to the Korean War. In college, she was paired with a psychology professor who encouraged her to cultivate her research skills, which lead to several independent studies and an undergraduate thesis project in social psychology. During her teaching career, she investigated and designed resources to prepare children for the unfiltered media they unavoidably would experience with the onset of the Internet. This led to her being one of the founding members of the Alliance for a Media Literate America, now known as the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).
Cheli’s passion for legal research naturally flowed from her professional and educational experiences, and in her second year in law school, she earned a reputation as a strong legal researcher and writer when she discovered pivotal case law that changed the presumed outcome of a class assignment, surprising both the professor and the clerk of the state court of appeals who had written the assignment. Cheli’s work as a federal appellate attorney was predicted by her Civil Procedure professor, who was convinced Cheli would “grow up” to put her skills to use as a civil litigator.
When she is not researching or writing briefs, Cheli enjoys spending time with her children, running 5k and half marathon races, watching movies, and playing volleyball.
Area of Practice:
Social Security Disability
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctor
The Ohio State University, Master of Education
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts with distinction
As a former Prosecutor, attorney Megan Fuller knows how to build the strongest possible case and see it through. That’s exactly what she is now doing for clients who choose the Charlotte offices of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law to represent them in fighting for the Veterans benefits they deserve.
After earning a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and completing law school at the University of Memphis School of Law, Megan fought for victims of domestic violence and animal abuse as a Prosecutor in York County, SC.
When asked what she enjoys most about working with her clients, Megan says she feels grateful to hear their stories of service to our country, and to help them win the benefits they deserve. When asked what she enjoys most about working with the Jan Dils team, she explains that her coworkers are genuinely good people who are dedicated to helping those same clients.
When Megan isn’t helping the brave men and women who fought for our freedom, she serves on the Childress Klein YMCA Board of Managers. She’s also actively involved in Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Carolina, completing the Trailblaze Challenge for the past two years, and started a sandwich-making event for area homeless at a local Charlotte brewery. She enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time with friends and dogs, too.
Please join us in welcoming Veterans Benefits attorney Megan Fuller to the Jan Dils family!
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B.A., Political Science, Rhodes College
J.D., University of Memphis School of Law
With a background that includes representation of Social Security Disability claimants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases, Social Security Attorney/Claimant Representative Meredith Johnstone brings a unique perspective to her role with the Jan Dils team.
After receiving her B.A. with honors from University of Kentucky, Lexington, Meredith went on to graduate from the West Virginia University College of Law.
She then participated in the Clinical Law Program where she began learning about the rewards of assisting claimants in Social Security Disability claims, and successfully represented her first claimant.
After working with two law firms, in 2013 Meredith joined the West Virginia Ethics Commission, a state agency, as Deputy General Counsel, serving in that capacity until she joined Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law.
"As an attorney, I have met many hard-working people whose lives have been changed by illness, injury, and unexpected circumstances so that they can no longer work,” said Meredith. “I imagine the help that I would want to receive in that situation, and offer that help to my clients.”
At her best when she is talking with clients about their cases and putting their minds at ease about what to expect from the claim process, Meredith works to capture all the important facts so that each client’s case can be presented well, and they feel that their personal story has been told.
When she’s not busy getting to know each client and learning about their life experiences, Meredith enjoys vacationing at the beach, watching movies, working in the garden, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two cats at home.
We think you’ll agree that Meredith is an excellent addition to our team—please join us in welcoming her to the Jan Dils family!
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1993 Graduate of University of Kentucky, Lexington, earned B.A. with honors
1996 Graduate of West Virginia University College of Law
Help us welcome Kelly Guice to the Jan Dils legal team. Kelly comes to our firm with a wealth of experience. Kelly has a strong civil litigation background and has tried over 50 cases to verdict. Prior to joining our team, Kelly specialized in the areas of products liability and mass and toxic torts; however, her experience with personal injury claims of many types is diverse. Kelly provides legal services to clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio. She is a native of Parkersburg and has strong ties and active commitments to the community. Kelly has the experience, knowledge, and skills that make her an ideal addition to our Personal Injury team. Welcome to the family Kelly!
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Attorney Miles Cary has built an incredibly successful career on helping others. But his dedication to the members of our community does not stop when he leaves the office. In fact, he’s often just getting started.
Raised on Charleston, West Virginia’s West Side, Miles graduated from Capital High School in 1997. He went on to attend West Virginia State University, where he was elected Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, Mr. West Virginia State, and Student Body President. He was also awarded the National Outstanding College Brother of the Year from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. After graduating from WVSU Summa Cum Laude, he received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, where he was President of the Student Bar Association.
After graduation, Miles worked extensively in the fields of Social Security and Veterans benefits law, and also proudly served his country for four years, as Platoon Leader- 19th AG Company, Seoul, South Korea, and then as Staff Officer- 82D Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Currently involved with numerous service organizations that reduce crime, prison recidivism, and school truancy in West Virginia, Miles is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia.
He is a volunteer at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Charleston, and part of the West Side Neighborhood Association. He has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of West Side Main Street Project, an organization that focuses on the economic development and the revitalization of the West Side of Charleston, where he grew up. He is also a steering committee member of the Charleston Drug Market Intervention Project.
Miles Cary displays a true passion for helping others in every aspect of his life, including fighting tirelessly for the benefits his clients deserve. We are so proud of the work Miles does on behalf of our clients, as well as our community. Please join us in welcoming Miles C. Cary II to the Jan Dils team!
Area of Practice:
Social Security Disability/SSI
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D. 2006
Morgantown, West Virginia
West Virginia State University, B.A. 2002, Summa Cum Laude Institute, West Virginia
Numerous court appearances in West Virginia and Ohio have helped Patrick Stealey earn his reputation for standing up for his clients and helping them get the benefits they deserve. As a VA attorney and member of the Jan Dils team in Parkersburg, Patrick has found the perfect home to pursue his passion for working with Veterans. Patrick also has two family members who served in the military. His aunt is a United States Air Force Veteran, and his grandfather served in the United States Marine Corps.
Born and raised in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Patrick received his B.A. from Ohio University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude before going on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the WVU School of Law. He served as President of the West Virginia Association for Justice, Student Chapter while at WVU. He has been admitted to practice in the states of Ohio and West Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
A Pittsburgh Pirates fan, Patrick enjoys spending time outside the courtroom or the office golfing, bowling, cooking, enjoying music, and hanging out with his cat, Ares. We are so excited to have Patrick join the Jan Dils team, and look forward to putting his experience and expertise to work for our Veterans!
Area of Practice:
Magna Cum Laude
J.D., WVU School of Law
Special Accreditations/ Awards:
President of the West Virginia Association for Justice, Student Chapter. WVU School of Law.
Admitted to practice in the states of Ohio and West Virginia, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Anne C. O’Brien
As a student attorney in the Elder Law clinic at Pitt Law school, Anne O’Brien developed a passion for serving clients of retirement age, as well as clients of all ages who were struggling with disabilities.
After earning her degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Anne turned that passion for helping others into a career. As a Social Security attorney for the Jan Dils team in the Parkersburg, West Virginia office, Anne’s experience and caring attitude ensure that each client receives the individual attention—and the results—that they deserve.
Anne first completed a B.S. degree in Linguistics and was then named a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship at Pitt Law. She was the Senior Development Editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, and a semi-finalist of the prestigious Concours d’Arbitrage Internationale, a Science Po International Arbitration Competition in Paris.
When she’s not helping clients, Anne enjoys playing the piano, performing music and sometimes theatre. A former figure skater, Anne loves to stay active, enjoying paddle sports and competing in fitness competitions. She also enjoys giving back to the community, and recently volunteered for the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival in Marietta.
Please join us in welcoming Anne O’Brien to the Jan Dils team. Her experience and expertise in her field are already making a big difference in the lives of the clients she serves!
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University of Pittsburgh
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Lee Huba Gyomlai
Social Security Disability Attorney Lee Huba Gyomlai is uniquely positioned to serve our clients, with a mix of military, financial and legal experience.
Originally from Texas where he holds both a legal license and a CPA license, Lee served in the US Air Force and Peace Corps, and built his career by working in private industry, public accounting, and trust account management.
His education and work history are incredibly diverse. Lee earned degrees from universities in North Carolina, Texas, and France, and served two years in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia with the Peace Corps. It comes as no surprise that travel is one of his passions. He tries to travel to a new destination each year, adding to the list of over 20 countries that he has visited so far.
When he’s not working with clients to help them win the benefits they deserve, Lee enjoys exercising—particularly running. As a new resident of the West Virginia/Ohio area, he’s already started exploring his new surroundings.
Were are happy to have Lee as part of our team, and he looks forward to helping others successfully navigate the Social Security Disability process. Please join us in welcoming Lee Huba Gyomlai to the Jan Dils team!
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- Community College of the Air Force: AAS Avionics Technology
- University of Mount Olive (NC): BS Accounting / BS Business Mgmt
- Texas Tech University: JD/MBA
- Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 (France): LL.M International and European Business Law
Special Accreditations/ Awards:
Awarded the Pitsenbarger Award by the Air Force Association
Sean D. Francisco
Growing up in an impoverished area surrounded by people in need, Sean Francisco learned the importance of helping others. Long before he became an attorney, he knew he wanted to pursue a career that would allow him to make a real difference in people’s lives. As a Social Security Disability attorney for the Jan Dils team, Sean takes every opportunity to do just that.
After earning his undergraduate degree at West Virginia University, Sean went on to complete Law School at the University of Baltimore. Since then, Sean has gained an impressive amount of litigation experience, with a great deal of success in the courtroom.
When he’s not working closely with his clients to help them fight for—and win—the benefits they deserve, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. A music lover and active member in his church, Sean has also served on a list of charitable boards.
It is clear that our clients are as happy to have Sean as a member of our team as we are. Please join us in welcoming Sean D. Francisco to the Jan Dils family!
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- Undergraduate Degree, West Virginia University
- Law Degree, University of Baltimore
Special Accreditations/ Awards:
- Served on the West Virginia Board of Governors
- President of the Wood County Bar
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Our attorneys’ work is supported by our professional and dedicated staff members, many of whom also develop close relationships with our clients as we work our way through the applications and appeals that are necessary in some cases.
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We invite you to learn more about the backgrounds and qualifications of our attorneys and staff by following the links above. To discuss your specific application for disability benefits, contact us to schedule an appointment to meet with us in one of our four offices or by telephone.