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HUNTINGTON - Having law offices in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio is the vision for Burnside Law founder Jeremy Burnside.

"My vision is three lawyers, one for each state, all licensed to practice in all three states in the Tri-State region," Burnside said.

Burnside Law has served the Ohio River Valley from its Portsmouth, Ohio, office in the legal practice areas of personal injury, wrongful death and nursing home neglect since 2010.

Last week, Burnside announced the opening of a new office at 1426 6th Ave. in Huntington.

"Our goal is to open an office potentially in Ashland or Catlettsburg in Kentucky in the next 18 months," Burnside said. "This will make us a true Tri-State law firm with physical offices in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky."

The new Huntington office will be managed by attorney Michael C. Walker.

"Michael and his paralegal, Pam Craig, will now be assisting Burnside Law's West Virginia and Kentucky clients from this new office in Huntington," Burnside said.

Walker, 48, was raised in Huntington and has practiced law in the surrounding Tri-State area for the past 23 years.

"I am excited to be a part of the continued growth of Burnside Law," Walker said. "Maintaining a physical office in West Virginia will enable us to better serve the residents of the Tri-State area."

Since 2000, Walker's practice has focused exclusively on helping people recover from injuries caused by the fault of others and on disputes with insurance companies.

"When I was a very young lawyer, my managing partner told me, 'People need help, and it's our job to make sure they get the help they need.' People do need help navigating the difficult legal environment, and I have been able to provide guidance and assistance for many clients over the years."

Burnside said having Walker join the firm is very exciting because of his paternal family relationship with West Virginia and Kentucky.

"My paternal grandparents met in Cleveland, Ohio, after the West Virginia coal mine my grandfather worked in and the eastern Kentucky factory my grandmother worked in closed and they took the hillbilly highway north," he said. "My people had to fight for what they had, as did I. Now, with Michael on our team, we are fighting for West Virginians and Kentuckians together."

Burnside, 39, graduated from the University of Charleston in 1999 and worked for the West Virginia Senate in 2000 and 2001. He also has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star and National Trial Lawyer's Top 100 lists.

In 2015, Burnside purchased the former 100-year-old Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Ohio, and renovated it to suit the law firm's needs. The renovations included a new mock courtroom in the place of the old sanctuary with a jury box located in the former baptismal.

"The courtroom had the old-style balconies that were in a lot of the older courthouses and I then realized we could easily turn the sanctuary into a courtroom," he said. "We now use it to prepare clients for trial and to practice trials."

Burnside says he also uses it to assist the community.

"The space is also used for local students needing practice space for mock trial competitions, as well as a space the community can rent for weddings and small parties," he said.

This space is believed to be only the second law building re-purposed from an old church in the country, according to Burnside.

Including himself, Burnside said the Portsmouth and Huntington locations have a total of 13 employees.

"We expect that number to increase as we expand in the Tri-State," he said.

Additional information can be found on the firm's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/burnsidelaw/ and a free consultation is available for potential clients by calling toll-free at 1-800-621-4878.

Follow reporter Fred Pace at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter at @FredPaceHD.

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