A Legal Luminary: The Distinguished Career of Attorney Kusimo-Frazier

Attorney Kusimo-Frazier has built an illustrious career, beginning as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kanawha and Jackson Counties, West Virginia, where she excelled by winning nearly all her trial cases. She transitioned into private practice with a Charleston law firm, successfully defending numerous clients in criminal cases across municipal, state, and federal courts.

After several years, she joined the Supreme Court of Appeals as a Deputy Counsel, where she spent four years reviewing appeals, summarizing them, and presenting her findings to the Supreme Court Justices. Her expertise led to her promotion as Director of Magistrate Services, where she supervised the operations of West Virginia’s fifty-five county magistrate court system, advised magistrates, circuit judges, and the Supreme Court Justices, and implemented statewide legislation.

In 2022, she returned to private practice as Of Counsel at a national law firm headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia. In 2023, she was named a fellow in the inaugural class of the Johnson & Johnson Trial Pathways Fellowship Program, focusing on product liability defense, criminal defense, and civil rights law.

Attorney Kusimo-Frazier has been recognized with numerous accolades. In 2022, she was honored as a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow and joined its board. In 2023, she received the Civil Rights Champion award from the West Virginia Human Rights Commission. In 2024, she was named a Woman to Watch by the Charleston, West Virginia YWCA Woman of Achievement Awards.

Her dedication extends beyond her legal practice. She serves as a Commissioner for the West Virginia Juvenile Justice Commission and is an active member of the Charleston-Institute (WV) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter.

Attorney Kusimo-Frazier graduated magna cum laude from The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and earned her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She is also a lifetime member of the FAMU Alumni Association.

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