John Funkhouser of Funkhouser and Smith PLC, located in Fairmont, West Virginia, just welcomed their 4th lawyer into the firm and won’t be stopping there.

Funkhouser and SmithJohn’s love for law began in his childhood as he watched legal shows with his dad. He continued into this passion as he worked towards his undergraduate degree in political science and law school. John began his career right here in the mountain state working for several well-known firms and gathering the knowledge he would need to see his own name on the door of his office one day. 

These moments all built the path to the moment that John would hear the phone ring for the very first time in an office he could call his own.“That first day there were still times I felt like I needed to walk down the hall and ask for permission until I realized that I get to shape how our business looks now,” stated John.

On the Positively West Virginia Podcast, hosted by Jim Matuga, recent guest John Funkhouser gave a look at his perspective of starting a business in West Virginia. Most importantly, he describes how much he loves working for West Virginians. 

John does not attribute his success to anything spectacular. He vividly remembers his gratitude to his partner in the early months when his paycheck went to keeping the firm alive. John believes that if you work hard and put in the hours, at some point, the dam will break. 

Today, John looks forward to growth. Funkhouser and Smith PLC takes pride in being a diverse firm here to serve West Virginians. The staff at this firm are excited to continue working on their community’s diverse needs and see the progress that comes with it.

Listen to John’s full podcast episode here.


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