Charles F. Johns
(304) 933-8149
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. University of Virginia
B.A. Stanford University
Licensure: WV
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Charles Johns concentrates his practice in trial work with a focus on professional liability and energy litigation. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts. He has tried cases throughout the state of West Virginia and also Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He also argues cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He regularly defends doctors, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities.  

Work Experience

1990 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Key Experience

Prevailed on summary judgment in a matter before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, enforcing a provision permitting fixed rate post-production costs to be deducted from an oil and gas lessor’s royalty payments
Obtained a denial of class certification, in favor of gas company, over Plaintiff’s attempt to certify a class for purposes of obtaining a bright-line ruling from a West Virginia court regarding coalbed methane ownership and entitlement to escrowed royalties
Tried multiple cases to verdict for doctors, hospitals, dentists, and chiropractors

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Best Lawyers® 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law
Super Lawyers® 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
West Virginia Hospital Association