ELECTED: Wheeling attorney Scott Blass is the new president of the West Virginia Association of Justice.
Blass, a partner in the firm of Bordas & Bordas, PLLC, was elected at the organization's annual convention in Charleston.
An executive committee member since 2005, a primary focus of his presidency will be to continue to educate West Virginia consumers, businesses and lawmakers about access to the courts and protecting their right to trial by jury.
A native of Morgantown, Blass was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his juris doctorate from the WVU College of Law in 1987, and received the Order of Barristers Award. After completing law school, he served first as an associate and then as a partner in the Wheeling law firm of Bachmann, Hess, Bachmann & Garden, and also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ohio County. He joined Bordas & Bordas in 1992.
He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in West Virginia and Ohio, representing clients in a variety of personal injury cases including medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability and vehicular accidents.
He and his wife, Kathy, have been married 27 years and are the parents of two sons, George and Sam. Mrs. Blass is a breast cancer survivor, and the couple founded Ohio Valley Breast Cancer Awareness and its annual Driving for a Cure golf tournament. The organization provides breast cancer patients and their families with resources needed post-surgery and through chemotherapy, including special camisoles and robes for masectomy patients. In 2009, the group made a $10,000 contribution to Ohio Valley Medical Center for its state-of-the-art digital mammography unit.