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    Biography

    For more than 25 years Jim Turner has been a trial lawyer that corporations call when they have complex cases in difficult jurisdictions. Jim has tried over 60 cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland. He has obtained dozens of defense verdicts and numerous other “wins” in cases involving allegations of serious injury or death.

    Much of Jim’s work relates to purported toxic exposures and the diseases they are alleged to cause. These cases always involve the potential risk of high damages awards and require comprehensive, detailed, and specific defenses. Jim works closely with his clients to discover, develop, and refine these defenses. He has become an advocate for evidence-based science in the courtroom and has devoted years to developing defenses based on good science supported by experts, company witnesses and documents.

    While the development and persuasive presentation of a powerful defense is critical, it is equally vital that plaintiffs’ cases be aggressively challenged. Jim has been highly successful in cross examining plaintiffs’ lay and expert witnesses at trial and challenging expert opinions under Daubert.

    Litigation is often a zero sum game with winners and losers chosen by juries composed of ordinary citizens. Through his many trials, and jury research projects including mock trials, Jim has honed the twin messages of “good science” and “good companies” to give corporate clients their best chance to prevail at trial.

    In addition to toxic tort litigation, Jim has defended corporate clients in cases involving traumatic injury and death, hearing loss, alleged occupation-related orthopedic injuries, and damage to property.

    Jim is the Managing Member of the Huntington, West Virginia office.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2021 Charleston, WV, Railroad Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2018 Charleston, WV Railroad Law, Lawyer of the Year
    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

    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
    Represented a railroad in over one hundred claims of solvent-induced brain damage. Ten cases were tried, all resulting in defense verdicts. The balance of the case docket was later dismissed on summary judgment following a successful Daubert challenge.
    Defended chemical manufacturer against claim filed by employee of bronchiolitis obliterans as a consequence of occupational exposure to chemicals including hydrochloric acid

    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.