James W. Turner
(304) 526-8086
Office: Huntington
J.D.West Virginia University
B.A. Washington University
Licensure: KY | MD | ND | OH | WV
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Jim Turner is a trial lawyer with a practice focused on the defense of transportation companies, manufacturers, and industries.  Mr. Turner is highly experienced in the discovery and development of defenses in chronic toxic exposure cases through the in-depth analysis of historic data and witness testimony. This involves close work with client personnel and company documents to fully understand the environmental and safety history of industrial facilities so liability defenses can be fully explored and effectively argued in court.

Mr. Turner is the Managing Member of the Huntington, West Virginia, office.

Work Experience

2011 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2011 Setliff Turner & Holland, P.C.
1989-2009 Huddleston Bolen, LLP

Speaking Engagements

"On Gossamer Wings," DRI Publication Article on Daubert Effort

Speaker and program coordinator at numerous NARTC and other railroad-sponsored meetings over the past 20 years on topics such as toxic torts and trial techniques.

Key Experience

Defended railroad against claims of orthopedic injuries from long-term exposure to occupational risk factors and convinced plaintiffs’ counsel not to put an additional 50 cases into suit that they had previously threatened to do
Defended chemical manufacturer against claim filed by employee of bronchiolitis obliterans as a consequence of occupational exposure to chemicals including hydrochloric acid
Lead trial counsel for Class I railroads in approximately 60 Federal Employers’ Liability Act cases that have been tried to verdict in state and federal courts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2016 Charleston, WV, Railroad Law, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute
Executive Committee Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
The State Journal, West Virginia's Top Lawyers, 2010