Don Sensabaugh, Jr., Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC Photo

Don R. Sensabaugh, Jr.

Of Counsel


  • J. D., West Virginia University College of Law (1976)
  • B.S., West Virginia University, Political Science (1973)


  • West Virginia (1976)
  • West Virginia State Courts
  • United States District Courts for both the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals


One of the firm’s founding members, Don Sensabaugh, has tried approximately one hundred medical malpractice cases. He puts more than 40 years of skill, medical knowledge and passion into every case he works.

“I’ve won more than 90% of the cases I’ve tried and achieved countless favorable settlements for my clients due to my reputation for not being afraid to try difficult cases.”

In addition to defending physicians and healthcare facilities, Don has lobbied for healthcare litigation reform for the past 25 years. He was one of the primary lobbyists to secure civil justice reforms in West Virginia that have enabled West Virginia physicians to practice medicine in a more secure environment. As a result, he was awarded the Robert l. Ghiz, MD award for outstanding service to the Physician Community of West Virginia at the 2014 West Virginia State Medical Association meeting.

“One of the most rewarding things in my work at the firm is seeing justice done when juries do the right thing.”

Outside the courtroom, Don enjoys biking, boating and spending time with his four children and grandchild. He’s also a huge WVU basketball fan and can be found at most games.


Professional Involvement

  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel


Additional Legal Experience

  • Member, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso (1991 - Present)
  • Associate & Partner, Kay, Casto, Chaney, Love & Wise, and its predecessor partnership, Kay, Casto & Chaney (1976 - 1991)


Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of the 2014 Robert L. Ghiz Award
  • Listed, Chambers USA, Litigation: Healthcare ( 2004 - 2019)
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2016 - 2020)
  • Listed, West Virginia Super Lawyers (2007 - 2020)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble®
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America© since 2001
    • Litigation – Healthcare (2015 - 2021)
    • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (2011 - 2021)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2011 - 2021)
    • 2020 - Lawyer of the Year - Charleston, WV - Litigation - Health Care
    • 2017 - Lawyer of the Year - Charleston, WV - Litigation - Health Care
    • 2015 - Lawyer of the Year - Charleston, WV - Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • 2013 - Lawyer of the Year - Charleston, WV - Medical Malpractice Litigation - Defendants
  • Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers
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