Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


325 8th Street, Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2688, Huntington, WV 25726

Established: 1923

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • ERISA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Extra-Contractual Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Automobile Warranty
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Counseling
  • Warranty Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Title Insurance Litigation
  • Banking Litigation

 Back To Top


About Us

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is a multipractice law firm with a state and regional practice based in Huntington, West Virginia. The firm has been prominent in the West Virginia legal community for more than ninety years and represents individuals and businesses throughout West Virginia and in Kentucky, Ohio and the Southeast. Jenkins Fenstermaker also serves as local counsel for a number of Fortune 500 corporations.

The continued success and reputation of the firm have been built upon quality services, reasonable fees, and individualized attention to each client and each engagement. The firm is committed to client communication and satisfaction, and the firm's lawyers, representing eleven law schools, bring significant experience and personal and professional diversity to each representation.

Additional Areas of Practice: General Business and Corporate Practice which includes General Business Counseling, Formation of Business Entities, Purchase or Sale of Businesses and Business Assets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Collections, Creditors' Rights, Health Care, Condemnation, Commercial Real Estate, Estate Administration, Taxation, and Estate Planning, Surety and Tax Litigation.

 Back To Top


Additional Locations

  • Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • 215 South Third Street
  • Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301

     Back To Top


    Client Information

    Insurance Clients

     Back To Top


    Personnel Information

    Litigation Members


    Barry M. Taylor

    Huntington, WV

    Years of Experience: 33

    Practice Areas
    • Medical Products Liability
    • Pharmacy Defense
    • Medical and Hospital Liability Defense
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 1983
    • Kentucky, 1989
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1983
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1989
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1991
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2014
    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Kentucky and Cabell County (Past President) Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • The Ohio State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1980
    • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 1983
    • The University of the West Indies, LL.M., 1988

    Born: 1958

     Back To Top


    Thomas E. Scarr

    Huntington, WV

    Years of Experience: 36

    Practice Areas
    • Labor and Employment
    • General Litigation
    • Employment Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Personal Injury
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 1981
    • Kentucky, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1983
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2005
    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Kentucky, Cabell County and Kanawha County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • University of Virginia, B.A. (with distinction), 1978
    • College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1981

    Born: 1956

     Back To Top


    Robert H. Sweeney, Jr.

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Construction Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Asbestos Litigation
    • Toxic Torts
    • General Civil Litigation
    • Personal Injury
    Admitted
    • Delaware, 1989
    • West Virginia, 1991
    • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 1990
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1998
    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Delaware State and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • University of Delaware, B.A., 1986
    • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 1989

    Born: 1964

     Back To Top


    Lee Murray Hall

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Bad Faith
    • Personal Injury
    • Motor Vehicle
    Admitted
    • Kentucky, 1990
    • Indiana, 1992
    • West Virginia, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana State and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • Western Kentucky University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1987
    • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1990
    Law Review:
    Associate Editor, Kentucky Law Review

    Born: 1965

     Back To Top


    Steven K. Wellman

    Huntington, WV

    Years of Experience: 20

    Practice Areas
    • Workers' Compensation
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1998
    • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1998
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Marshall University Alumni Board of Directors; AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Board of Governors
    • West Virginia Self-Insurers Association
    Education:
    • Marshall University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1994
    • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1998
    Law Review:
    Executive Editor, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law

    Born: 1970

     Back To Top


    Charles K. Gould

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Product Liability
    • Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability
    • Consumer Law
    Admitted
    • Ohio, 1996
    • West Virginia, 1997
    • Supreme Court of Ohio, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
    Memberships:
    • American, Ohio State, West Virgina and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    Education:
    • Ohio University, A.B. (summa cum laude), 1991
    • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1995
    Honors:
    Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Alpha Delta

    Born: 1969

     Back To Top


    Brian S. Lindsay

    Huntington, WV

    Years of Experience: 17

    Practice Areas
    • Product Liability
    • Toxic Torts
    • Insurance Coverage
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 1999
    • Kentucky, 2006
    • North Carolina, 2010
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1999
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2000
    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Kentucky and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • Eastern Kentucky University, B.B.A., 1989
    • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1999
    Law Review:
    Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law

    Born: 1967

     Back To Top


    Arnold J. Janicker

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • General Civil Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Bankruptcy
    • Collections
    • Creditors' Rights
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2002
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
    Memberships:
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • American University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1983
    • St. John's University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002
    Law Review:
    St. John's Law Review (Editor, 2001)

    Born: 1960

     Back To Top


    Gary A. Matthews

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Design Professionals
    • Deliberate Intent
    • Employee Injury
    • Fire Litigation
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2011
    Memberships:
    • American and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • Marshall University, B.A. (magna cum laude, Dean's List), 1999
    • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2002

    Born: 1977

     Back To Top


    Nathanial A. Kuratomi

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Employment
    • Municipal Liability
    • Law Enforcement Liability
    • Civil Rights
    • Premises Liability
    • Personal Injury
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2010
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2010
    Memberships:
    • West Virginia Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • Marshall University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2002
    • Dickinson School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2006

    Born: 1980

     Back To Top


    Sarah A. Walling

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Labor and Employment
    • Insurance Coverage & Defense
    • Construction Claims
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2010
    • Kentucky, 2011
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2010
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2012
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2013
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, 2013
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2014
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Super Lawyers Rising Star: General Litigation, 2014 and Insurance Coverage, 2015-2018; Generation Next: 40 Under 40, 2013; Generation Huntington Award, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, 2011

    Memberships:
    • Cabell County Bar Association
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • The University of Texas, B.A., 2000
    • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2010
    Law Review:
    Kentucky Law Journal, Staff Member 2008-2010

     Back To Top


    Of Counsel



    James Heslep

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Black Lung
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, 2004
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Best Lawyers in America, Workers' Compensation and Employers, 2013-2017; Generation Next 40 Under 40, 2008; Leadership Harrison, 2007-2008; Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017

    Memberships:
    • West Virginia State Bar
    • Harrison County Bar Association
    Education:
    • College of William & Mary, B.A. Economics (with honors), 2001
    • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2004

     Back To Top


    Charlotte Hoffman Norris

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Employment Law
    • Health Care
    • Professional Licensure
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Commercial Law
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Product Liability
    • Special Education Law
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 1990
    • Kentucky, 2015
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1990
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1991
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1998
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Chambers USA, Employment Litigation, 2016; Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2016

    Memberships:
    • American, West Virginia, Kentucky and Cabell County Bar Associations
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • Agnes Scott College, B.A. (with high honors), 1987
    • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1990

     Back To Top


    Ronald H. Hatfield

    Huntington, WV

    Practice Areas
    • Civil Litigation
    • Construction Defect
    • Product Liability Defense
    • Personal Injury Defense
    • Criminal Defense
    Admitted
    • West Virginia, 2000
    • Kentucky, 2009
    • North Carolina, 2017
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
    • U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
    Memberships:
    • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Education:
    • Marshall University, B.A., History, 1997
    • West Virginia University, J.D., 2000

     Back To Top


    Service Areas

    Ashland, Kentucky 15 miles

    Greenup, Kentucky 25 miles

    Louisa, Kentucky 35 miles

    Gallipolis, Ohio 45 miles

    Ironton, Ohio 20 miles

    Portsmouth, Ohio 51 miles

    Beckley, West Virginia 108 miles

    Charleston, West Virginia 40 miles

    Hamlin, West Virginia 30 miles

    Hurricane, West Virginia 28 miles

    Lewisburg, West Virginia 161 miles

    Logan, West Virginia 70 miles

    Morgantown, West Virginia 205 miles

    Parkersburg, West Virginia 123 miles

    Point Pleasant, West Virginia 45 miles

    Teays Valley, West Virginia 33 miles

    Wayne, West Virginia 20 miles

    Williamson, West Virginia 80 miles

    Winfield, West Virginia 37 miles

     Back To Top



    Contact Our Team | About Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource