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James C. Powell

Location:

Charleston, WV

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Areas of Practice

  • Complex Litigation
  • Consumer Debt
  • Maritime Law
  • Serious Automobile Accidents
  • Class Actions
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workplace Injuries

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1981
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: Senior Class President
    • Honors: M.E. Lugar Trial Association
    • Honors: Harry S. Truman Scholar
  • West Virginia University College of Engineering
    • B.S.M.E. - 1977
    • Honors: Dean's Honor List

Published Works

  • "Heavy Trucks are Unsafe for the Heavy Truck Drivers and the Public", The Advocate
  • "Seat Belts in West Virginia Courts", The West Virginia Lawyer
  • "The New Jury, They are Biased", The Advocate

Representative Cases

  • State v. Tanner, 175 W.Va. 264; 332 S.E.2d 277, 1985, 1985134608
  • State v. Kelly, 175 W.Va. 337, 338 S.E.2d 405, 1985, 1985162724
  • State v. Gale, 177 W.Va. 337; 352 S.E.2d 87, 1986, 1986162253
  • State v. Deskins, 181 W.Va. 112; 380 S.E.2d 676, 1989, 1989072370
  • Coffman v. Shafer, 186 W. Va. 381, 412 S.E.2d 782, 1991, 1991205724
  • Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Voshel,, 189 W.Va. 121; 428 S.E.2d 542, 1993, 1993068969
  • Chancellor v. Shannon, 200 W.Va. 1, 488 S.E.2d 1, 1997, 1997060836
  • Daily Mail v. Ranson, 200 W.Va. 5; 488 S.E.2d 5, 1997, 1997071073
  • Powell v. Wood County, 209 W.Va. 639, 550 S.E.2d 617, 2001, 2001698998
  • In re West Virginia Rezulin Litigation, 214 W.Va. 52, 585 S.E.2d 52 , 2003
  • State v. Merritt, 21 W.Va., 650 S.E.2d 240 , 2007

Honors And Awards

  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers—West Virginia
  • West Virginia Association for Justice Member of the Year (2007)
  • West Virginia Association for Justice President's Award (2008, 2010)
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Men of Achievement

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Wood County Bar Association, Vice-President, 1983 to 1983
  • JFK Society
  • Parkersburg Police Civil Service Commissioner, 1982 to 1988
  • West Virginia House of Delegates Candidate, 1982 to 1984
  • Roscoe Pound Institute

Past Employment Positions

  • American Cyanamid, in Willow Island, West Virginia 1977 to 1978
  • Hardman and Powell, in Parkersburg, West Virginia 1981 to 1988
  • Hunt and Powell, L.C., in Charleston, West Virginia 1988 to 1992
  • Powell Law Offices, in Charleston, West Virginia 1992 to 2002

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Sigma Chi

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