LAAS

ALBERT W. LAAS, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Although of the younger generation of professional men, Albert W. Laas is even now recognized by the public and by his fellows in Wheeling's law circles as an attorney of definite brilliance and superior grasp of the law. Since 1921, when he established his practice in Wheeling, Mr. Laas has with success handled many difficult cases. Those familiar with his work recognize therein a scholarly understanding of the law and a talent for diplomatic handling of difficult matters. Already the business world is paying him the tacit tribute of the client's confidence, and indeed few young men can point to so firm a foothold on the ground of success. Mr. Laas is at present associated in practice with Wright Hugus and Carl Schmidt, with offices in the Riley Law Building.
     Mr. Laas was born at Benwood, West Virginia, December 30, 1896, son of Henry and Matilda (Polley) Laas. In 1915 he was graduated from high school and in 1919 from the University of West Virginia, with the degree A.B. In 1921 be was graduated in law from the University of West Virginia, with the degree LL.B. Meanwhile, however, his studies had been interrupted by war service. At the University of West Virginia he was a Captain in the Students Army Training Corps, and in August, 1918, enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, was assigned to the Depot Brigade and later transferred to the Overseas Training Corps. In December, 1918, he was discharged as a Sergeant of Infantry, and now has the grade of second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps.
     In 1921 he was admitted to the bar of Ohio County and was associated with Judge J. H. Brennan and B. L. Rosenbloom until 1924, when he formed a partnership with Carl G. Bachman and B. L. Rosenbloom. His present association dates back to October, 1925. He is a member of the Ohio County Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association and practices in Federal courts and the Supreme Court of West Virginia. He is a member of the honorary scholastic fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, the honorary legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi, is past president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, honorary member and past president of the Mountain and Sphinx, a member of the Skull and Keys, Torch and Serpent, Caravan, and Theta Nu Epsilon. He is also affiliated with the Masons and the Elks, and is a member of the Lutheran Church.
     He was married, in 1925, to Beulah Brinkman of Wheeling.
     Home: 79 Virginia Avenue. Office: Riley Law Building.