Dinsmore mourns loss of Adam Maynard

For those who knew him best, it was easy to see where Adam Maynard’s heart lay.

“He had a tremendous work ethic, but his passions were his family and coaching youth basketball,” said Mark Carter, chair of Dinsmore’s Labor Practice Group. “He found joy in serving others, and he always made a positive impact on those he met.”

Maynard, 35, passed away on Feb. 10 at his home in Charleston, West Virginia. A 2003 graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, where he was awarded the prestigious Harter Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, he joined Dinsmore in 2007 and was a senior associate in the labor department in the firm’s Charleston office.

Adam’s thorough knowledge of labor and employment law was put to work almost immediately after joining Dinsmore, as he began working with Carter on a high-profile matter involving the unions for employees of the Greenbrier Resort. Over the next two years, he devoted himself to negotiating 10 collective bargaining agreements with the unions, playing an integral role in assisting the iconic resort.

His abilities carried over into other facets of his practice, as he was accomplished as both an employment litigator and a labor litigator. In fact, Carter says he can’t recall a case in which Maynard didn’t win or reach a favorable resolution for his client.

“He was extremely reliable and sought-after because of his skills and his dedication,” said Carter.

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as he was frequently recognized by peers for his accomplishments. He was listed as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for five consecutive years, beginning in 2008.

Away from the court room, however, Adam was a devoted father to his three-year old son, Christian. Carter recalled Adam’s hectic schedule during the Greenbrier negotiations, in which Adam routinely sacrificed rest to maintain his family responsibilities and commitments.

Among those commitments was Adam’s involvement in youth basketball. He not only served as a coach for a junior high team and the area AAU team, but also as a benefactor. He gave rides to and from practices, frequently purchased shoes and apparel for kids who couldn’t afford it, and even stepped in to help a child’s parent make their rent payment.

“He never mentioned a word about doing this, because he didn’t do it for accolades or attention,” said Carter. “He just wanted to help out, and I think that says a lot about his character.”

Carter said the firm is currently working with Adam’s family to establish a memorial fund to further his passions; however his unexpected passing has left a void in the community.

“It’s a very tough time, because he was more than a co-worker,” said Carter. “He is going to be missed.”