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Jim Humphreys

James F. Humphreys leads an experienced and dependable team at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. The law firm has assisted over 15,000 clients with personal injury and wrongful death cases in courts over the years.

James F Humphreys receives award inducting him into his high school’s Hall of Fame from Nitro High School Principal Jason Redman

James Humphreys is listed among West Virginia’s Top 100 Lawyers by National Lawyer and has been named one of AVVO’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. James Humphreys has also been featured in West Virginia Super Lawyers and is an AV-rated lawyer with Martindale Hubbell peer reviews, rating him among the highest in his field for both skill and integrity. His firm was also ranked in the top 75 firms in the nation by Shook & Hardy’s survey of the defense bar. 

Humphreys founded The Humphreys Center for Complex Litigation and the James F. Humphreys Scholarship for low income students at The George Washington University School of Law. He credits GW law school with preparing him for a rewarding career and established these programs as a way to help others join the field and serve society.

Humphreys serves on the Executive Board for the West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ) and is a former board member of the Board of Directors for the Public Justice Foundation. He has sat on the Board of Trustees at George Washington University and Brandeis University, been a member of George Washington Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Committee and served on the Board of Directors at the Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation.  He also served two terms as a past Chairman for the Brain Injury Association of America.

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 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, Columbus, Ohio – M.A. – 1970
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia – A.B. – 1969

Honors and Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia 
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Nationally
  • AVVO Top Rated Lawyer
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubble Preeminent Lawyer
  • Second Century Award Recipient, West Virginia State University
  • George Washington University Distinguished Alumni
  • George Washington University Benefactor Award
  • Philanthropist of the Year, Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Preferred Lawyer from the Brain Injury Association of America for brain injury cases
  • West Virginia State University President’s Circle
  • Two-time winner of the West Virginia Association of Justice Legislator of the Year Award
  • Member of the Ohio State University President’s Club
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 1% 2019 by the American Registry

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brain Injury Association of America, Chairman for two terms
  • Brain Injury Association of West Virginia, Counsel
  • Brandeis University, Former Member and Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Melvin Belli Society
  • Public Justice Foundation, Former Member of the Board of Directors, Oakland, CA & Washington, DC
  • The George Washington University, Former Member Board of Trustees for 12 years
  • The George Washington University School of Law, Member Emeritus of the Dean’s Advisory Committee
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation, Former Member Board of Directors
  • West Virginia Association for Justice, Executive Board
  • Washington National Opera Global Advisory Board, Former Member 

Past Employment Positions

  • Senator John Glenn, Legislative Assistant
  • U.S. Senator Donald Reigle, Chief Legislative Counsel
  • Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen