Ancil G. Ramey

Huntington, WV

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(304) 526-8133
Huntington, WV


Ancil Ramey concentrates his efforts in the areas of appellate litigation, having handled over 250 appellate matters, as well as matters involving commercial litigation and insurance litigation.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Mr. Ramey served as Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia for more than a decade.

Representative Experience

  • Appeared as counsel of record in over 250 appellate matters, including cases in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Represented clients in various appellate matters including actions (1) challenging constitutionality of non-judicial foreclosure; (2) challenging constitutionality of statutory limits on non-economic damages; (3) seeking to establish cause of action for workplace stress; (4) seeking to establish per se violations of insurance bad faith statute; (5) seeking removal of co-trustee of testamentary trust; (6) seeking to establish police liability for naming of suspects in criminal investigation; (7) seeking tax refunds; (8) challenging bidding process for construction of office building for university board of trustees; (9) seeking access to confidential hospital peer review records; (10) challenging NCAA eligibility ruling; (11) challenging completed operations hazard exclusion in commercial general liability policy; (12) protecting CEOs and other high-ranking corporate officials from unduly burdensome depositions; (13) seeking class action relief against the State and its contractor for uncollected child support payments
  • Represented a number of clients, including banks, insurance companies, and other corporate and individual defendants, in various suits resulting in dismissal, summary judgment, or defense verdicts
  • Handled appeal of case for insurer brought by claimant seeking to establish per se violations of insurance bad faith statute arising from using net pay as opposed to gross pay in the settlement of claims
  • Represented insurer in an appeal of a case challenging completed operations hazard exclusion in commercial general liability policy
  • Represented insurer in an appeal of a case seeking to impose liability on insurance companies for failure to preserve total loss vehicles for purposes of potential product liability actions
  • Defended insurer in a first party bad faith trial arising from processing of credit disability claim resulting in a defense verdict

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • M.P.A. West Virginia University
  • A.B. Marshall University


1996 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1986-1996 Clerk, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Super Lawyers®
Distinguished Service Award, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Distinguished Service Award, West Virginia State Bar
Distinguished Alumnus Award, WVU Department of Public Administration
Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2009
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Journal of College and University Law
Member Emeritus, National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks
Member, West Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee
Member and Past President, West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
Counsel, West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board
Member, West Virginia Law Review


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