Michelle Marinacci

Michelle Marinacci

Medical Malpractice and Insurance Lawyer


Michelle Marinacci is a medical malpractice and insurance dispute lawyer at Gold Khourey & Turak. 

Whether a person is in a dispute with their insurance company or has suffered an injury as a result of a medical error, Michelle knows how to obtain results for her clients.  Because Michelle began her legal career at a defense litigation firm, she gained invaluable insight as to how insurance companies, healthcare providers, and their attorneys think.  Michelle now uses that insight to fight for her clients and hold insurance companies and healthcare providers accountable.  With over 25 years of litigation experience, Michelle has the skill, knowledge, and experience to handle even the most complex of cases.    

However, what truly separates her from other lawyers is her commitment to her clients.  Michelle understands that battling an insurance company that refuses to pay a legitimate claim is frustrating and all too stressful.  She also understands that injuries caused by medical errors can be devastating and life-changing.  Whether a client has been injured as a result of an incorrect diagnosis, a surgical error, an improper medication prescription, or any other medical error, Michelle knows that communication and compassion is key to a successful outcome. 

My clients are often going through the worst time of their lives, and I understand that I’m representing real people facing real hardships. I stand up for people who cannot stand up themselves, and I realize that my job isn’t just about obtaining the most compensation for my client. It’s also making sure the process is as worry free as possible.

In addition to any kind of insurance dispute, Michelle handles every type of medical malpractice case:

  • Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Defective medical devices
  • Prescription drug errors
  • Misread x-rays, MRIs, CT/CAT scans, and other diagnostic tools

Michelle also serves as one of GKT’s personal injury lawyers representing people injured in car accidents and other accidents. 

Michelle Marinacci – Leading Medical Malpractice and Insurance Dispute Lawyer

Because she focuses her practice on representing those involved in an insurance dispute and those injured by medical errors, Michelle is widely-regarded as one of West Virginia’s and Ohio’s top insurance dispute and medical malpractice lawyers.  Her hard work on behalf of her clients has resulted in the following published opinions:

State ex rel. WVSSAC v. The Honorable David W. Hummel, Jr.


Lemasters v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


Columbia Casualty Company v. Westfield Insurance Company


Barge v. Western Southern Life Insurance Company


Grennell v. Western Southern Life Insurance Company


In re West Virginia Rezulin Litigation


State ex rel. Medical Assurance of West Virginia, Inc. v. The Honorable Arthur M. Recht


Bower v. Westinghouse Electric Corporation


DeVane v. Kennedy


Michelle also shares her knowledge with colleagues and the public through GKT’s medical malpractice and insurance dispute blog.  In her blogs, Michelle writes about everything from intricate medical malpractice issues to practical considerations for people involved in a dispute with an insurance company. 

Medical Malpractice, Insurance Dispute, and Personal Injury Results

Michelle is not just recognized as a leading medical malpractice and insurance dispute lawyer by her peers, she has the results to prove it.  Since joining GKT in 2018, her case results include the following:

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$1,000,000 Car Accident settlement

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$750,000 settlement personal injury claim

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$475,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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$315,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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$300,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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Confidential settlement amount in a Bad Faith Case involving a Death Benefit Claim

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$300,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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$200,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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$120,000 settlement in Insurance Bad Faith Case

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$200,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

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$125,000 settlement medical malpractice claim

Prior to joining GKT, Michelle secured numerous six figure settlements on behalf of plaintiffs and a $600,000 verdict against national insurer in an insurance bad faith case. 

Previous Employment

Michelle began her career as an associate at a prominent defense firm in Charleston, West Virginia, representing insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and governmental entities in civil litigation and advocating on their behalf before administrative tribunals and legislative bodies.  Upon leaving the defense practice, Michelle joined the personal staff of former Justice Brent D. Benjamin at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals where she served as his Chief of Staff and was an integral part of the case decision process.  Before joining GKT, Michelle was a personal injury attorney at a Wheeling, West Virginia based plaintiffs firm. 

Our Clients Share Their Stories

While Michelle is proud of the results she’s been able to achieve for her clients, she knows that her clients’ satisfaction is just as important as the end result.  Since she joined GKT in 2018, Michelle’s clients have let her know just how much her zealous work and compassionate representation has meant to them:  

Michelle Marinacci is a top-notch lawyer . . . competent in her legal knowledge and abilities as well as easy to work with. She listens and responds to questions in understandable terms.

Peggy R. Google Review

Review TextMy experience with GKT was nothing but great! Great atmosphere, very professional, and great down to earth people. Without them I would have never been able to settle up my accident. Thank you GKT for your excellent service!

Cameron S. Google Review

Professional and Community Involvement

Outside of GKT, Michelle serves on a number of committees benefitting the legal community and the citizens of West Virginia:

  • West Virginia State Bar, Appellate Practice Committee
  • West Virginia State Bar, Grievance Committee – District Representative
  • West Virginia State Bar, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Board Member, West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Member, Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Various church and educational fundraising activities


Bar & Court Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Personal Life

Michelle lives with her dog, Chance, in her hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia in Ohio County surrounded by her very large extended family.

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