Karen E. Kahle

Wheeling, WV

Quick Info

(304) 231-0441
Wheeling, WV


Karen Kahle's practice is devoted to litigation, with a focus on products liability, energy, class actions, and mass torts. She heads the firm's Class Action & Mass Tort Team. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kahle was a registered pharmacist and practiced pharmacy full-time from 1982 to 1987.

Representative Experience

  • Represented natural gas transmission and storage company in numerous matters pertaining to property protection, gas storage and commercial issues
  • Represented international electrical manufacturer in seeking to quash records subpoena from state attorney general
  • Defended Board of Education in federal court in high profile litigation alleging sexual discrimination by high school teacher against student
  • Served as trial counsel through verdict in several dozen medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death matters
  • Served as defense liaison counsel for hospital defendants in statewide class action over medical records copying costs
  • Counseled employers concerning duties under Controlled Substance Act
  • Represented manufacturers and distributors in various product liability actions and class actions

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • B.S. West Virginia University


1990 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1982-1987 Registered Pharmacist

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® Morgantown, West Virginia Lawyer of the Year 2013
Defense Research Institute
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
American Bar Association
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Chairman, West Virginia State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
Commission Member, ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs