Debra handles cases in both state and federal courts, in the areas of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and has tried cases in counties throughout the State of West Virginia. In addition to an active trial practice, Debra has an active appellate practice and has argued cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Debra is admitted in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as well as in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Debra is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel and serves as a member of its Board of Directors. A member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Debra formerly served as a Senior Director of the organization. She is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the FDCC. Debra previously served as the Chair of the FDCC Leadership Institute. For the past few years she has served as a faculty member of the FDCC’s Litigation Management College. Debra is a member of the Claims and Management Alliance, Defense Research Institute, the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Associations. Debra is also licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Debra has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of Insurance Coverage as well as in Best Lawyers in America. In 2016, she was named Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Coverage in northern West Virginia.
As a part of her practice, Debra routinely presents seminars and training sessions to insurance companies and corporate executives on claim handling and discovery throughout the country.
A graduate of University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, Debra also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from William Paterson College. She is married to James A. Varner, Sr. In her spare time, Debra enjoys golfing, cooking and traveling.