James F. Humphreys

James F. Humphreys

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C.
Charleston, West Virginia
304-347-5050 (Toll Free)
AV Preeminent | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2018

James Humphreys has lead a team of experienced and dependable attorneys at James F Humphreys & Associates LC since 1979. The firm has serviced nearly 15,000 clients with personal injury and wrongful death cases in West Virginia courts.

James Humphreys is among West Virginia’s Top 100 Lawyers and for five consecutive years, was named one of West Virginia's Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. In 2011 and 2012, James Humphreys was featured in West Virginia Super Lawyers. He has twice received the West Virginia Association of Justice Legislator of the Year Award and is an AV-rated lawyer from Martindale-Hubble with a score of 5.0, the highest mark attainable.

Humphreys previously served as chairman in both the West Virginia House of Delegates on the Constitutional Revision Committee and in the West Virginia Senate on the Judiciary Committee. He was also formerly employed by United States Senator John Glenn and Ralph Nader with consumer protection group Public Citizen.

Humphreys serves on the executive board for West Virginia Association for Justice and board of directors for the Public Justice Foundation. He is a past chairman for the Brain Injury Association of America.

Humphreys received his Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University School of Law.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Asbestos
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA)

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
    • M.P.A. - 1972
  • Ohio State University
    • M.A. - 1970
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • A.B. - 1969

Honors and Awards

  • American Association for Justice Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia for 2009
  • Philanthropist of the Year Award Recipient, Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Dean’s Circle and Second Century Award Recipient, West Virginia State University
  • George Washington University Distinguished Alumni
  • George Washington University Benefactor Award
  • West Virginia State University President’s Circle
  • West Virginia Association of Justice Legislator of Year Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brandeis University, Former Member and Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • The George Washington University, Board of Trustees
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation, Former Board of Directors
  • The George Washington University School of Law, Member Emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Committee
  • West Virginia Association for Justice, Executive Board
  • Public Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, Oakland, CA & Washington, DC
  • Brain Injury Association of America, Chairman
  • Brain Injury Association of West Virginia, Counsel
  • Washington National Opera Global Adversary Board, Former Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Senator John Glenn, Legislative Assistant, 1975
  • U.S. Senator Donald Reigle, Chief Legislative Counsel, 1977 - 1978