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Triplett & Triplett, L.C. of Elkins, WV
George R. Triplett
George R. Triplett was born and raised in Randolph and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. He attended various public schools and graduated from Greenbank High School in 1953. George attended WVU — Potomac State College and Shenandoah University, where he was selected to their Athletic Hall of Fame. Triplett was a Davis and Elkins College football player and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1956. He went on to coach football at Victoria High School, in Victoria, Virginia, and at Norview High School in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1959, he coached freshman football at Washington and Lee University. George R. Triplett graduated from West Virginia College of Law with his law degree in 1962.
Following law school, George served as the Legal Assistant for the Investment Securities and Corporation Division for the State of West Virginia and as the Administrative Assistant to the West Virginia State Auditor. In 1964, he was appointed Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District and tried jury trials for criminal, civil, and land condemnation cases.
George R. Triplett was elected and served as Circuit Judge of Randolph County from 1969 through 1976. He has been in general practice of law since 1977, representing clients in civil, criminal, DUI, divorce, real estate, family, land, and estate administration matters in all circuit courts of West Virginia, as well as the U. S. District Court and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Triplett served as the first chairman of the West Virginia Judicial Education Committee. He then went on to graduate from the National Judicial College. George was selected as West Virginia’s Top Man of the Year for 1970. In 2017, in honor of his accomplishments, George R. Triplett was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Attorneys.
George has been blessed with two wonderful marriages, three sons and daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Jefferson L. Triplett
Jefferson Lee Triplett was born in Elkins in 1970. He attended local public schools and graduated from Elkins High School in 1988. Influenced by his brothers, he was active in sports throughout his youth. After high school, Jeff accepted a presidential appointment, from President Ronald Reagan, to attend the United States Naval Academy.
At the Naval Academy, Jeff punted for the varsity football team and lettered three years. His team beat Army twice! He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and graduated with merit in the spring of 1992. After attending Surface Warfare Officers’ School in Newport, R.I., Jeff served a 36-month tour of duty onboard the USS DOYLE, a guided missile frigate; his tour included multiple extended deployments, with missions including counter-drug operations and maritime interdiction operations in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Sea. In his next tour, Jeff served as an intelligence analyst and briefer at the National Military Joint Intelligence Center and the Office of Naval Intelligence. After that tour, Jeff left active duty and transitioned into the Navy Reserve and became an intelligence officer. He spent the next 14 years of his career in multiple analytical and leadership roles in multiple reserve intelligence units in the Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, VA areas.
In 2005, Jeff was selected as the Junior Officer of the Year of the entire Navy Reserve Intelligence program, from amongst more than 1,500 other officers. In his last tour of duty, Jeff was the Officer-in-Charge of the reserve intelligence unit that supported the Atlantic Submarine Force in Norfolk, VA. In January 2013, Commander Jefferson Triplett retired from the Navy after a distinguished career of nearly 21 years. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal. In 2005, Jeff was recognized by the West Virginia State Bar as the Citizen-Soldier of the Year.
When Jeff left active duty and transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1998, he entered law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He served on the school’s law review, was elected into the Heuisler Honor Society, and graduated magna cum laude, near the top of his class, in 2001. Jeff also graduated with an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park in the winter of 1999. After law school, Jeff was admitted to practice in both Maryland and West Virginia. Starting in the summer of 2001, Jeff worked as the law clerk to the Honorable Arrie W. Davis on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. His clerkship ended when he was recalled to active duty after the September 11th attacks.
From 2003 to 2004, Jeff was an associate in the bankruptcy department in the Baltimore-office of Saul Ewing, LLP. In April of 2004, Jeff and his family relocated to Elkins, where he joined his father in practice. Jeff and George have been practicing law together ever since. The practice spans many areas, including family and domestic litigation and appeals, real estate transactions from start to finish, criminal defense and representation, and the administration of estates.
Jeff has represented many clients in both sides of appeals before multiple circuit courts and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Since 2014, he has served as a mental hygiene commissioner for Randolph and Tucker Counties.
Since 2004, Jeff has volunteered his time to coach young athletes in soccer, football, basketball and track. He is fluent in Spanish. Jeff and his wife, Silvia, were married in 1995. They have three children – George, Sofia and Alexandra.