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Charleston attorney Bobby Warner said giving back to the community is a concept he learned as a child and he continues that tradition at his law practice. 

And this year, he plans for his firm Warner Law Offices to donate more money than it ever has in its Warner Law Gives Back campaign, which will donate $100,000 to 100 organizations, civic groups and people who help their communities.  

Warner grew up in Clarksburg and said his interest in law was sparked by his father, Clarksburg attorney Boyd Warner. 

"He never pushed me toward law school, but I saw how well respected and influential he is in the community," he said. 

Bobby Warner later attended the West Virginia University College of Law and worked for Huddleston Bolen before starting his practice in Charleston. 

Since he started the firm, one thing was certain — he wanted to give back to the community. And that's exactly what his firm did. 

"We see results from giving back every day. We see all the positive changes and it's addicting," Warner said. "You just want to keep doing it." 

One of his firm's programs helps families who may not be able to afford booster seats. His firm also started a youth program called Beyond the Backyard, which teaches kids about hunting, fishing and camping. 

"We give out lots of donations through the year," Warner said. "It averages about $50,000 a year that we have given back to charity. This year, we have amped it up." 

"We also were recently recognized by the West Virginia Senate for charitable works," Warner added. "It was wonderful because we didn't do it for the awards. We did it because it's the right thing to do." 

The firm launched Warner Law Gives Back Aug. 15 to support communities across the state. The firm plans to give out $100,000 through the calendar year, amounting to $25,000 every quarter. 

"It's a lot of money," he said. "But it's been a good financial year. We want to make sure that we are giving back to where it hurts a bit financially." 

Warner said this is the first time the firm has picked a fixed amount of how much to give away. 

"What happens is organizations try to help people but need a little boost and we can help," he said. "It may be very difficult for them to raise money." 

And Warner doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. In the future, Warner said he wants to steadily increase the amount he gives back. 

"I think if you're doing well financially, you should give back to the community," he said. "That has been something of a backbone to this law firm."

"Everyone wants to leave the legal field thinking they've been great attorneys but we want to look back and think that we did great things in the legal community but also in the community itself," he added. 

People can apply for the Warner Law Gives Back donation by visiting the firm's website at www.wvpersonalinjury.com.