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Robert C. James



  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1997)
  • B.A., University of Mount Union (formerly College)  (1994)


  • Ohio Supreme Court (and all State Courts)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court (and all Commonwealth Courts)
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (and all State Courts)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District Court of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District Court of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


For over 26 years, Bob James has litigated cases focused on defending businesses and professionals while serving the healthcare industry, the oil and gas industry, and governmental/political subdivisions. He has tried cases ranging from medical malpractice to employment law.

Over the last decade, Bob has used his litigation experience to provide clients with corporate advice and services. He has advised clients on employment and HR situations. In addition, Bob has helped with corporate governance, from Articles of Incorporation to bylaws to Board Resolutions. 

“I work hard for my clients and strive to think outside the box to find solutions to complex situations.”  He has represented a diversified client base that includes professionals, family-owned businesses, exceptional non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies.

Bob also defends professionals through their Errors and Omissions (E&O) coverage – including insurance agents, brokers, realtors, appraisers, physicians, and others. In addition, he defends businesses against deliberate intent actions, accidents caused by employees, Title VII matters, and more.

Bob is licensed to practice in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and he regularly represents clients before administrative bodies, state courts, and federal courts.

Outside of the courtroom, Bob serves on the Board of Boy Scouts for the Ohio River Valley Council.  He received the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for demonstrating remarkable achievement well beyond Scouting endeavors and for his extensive community service.  He is a past president of the Wheeling, WV Rotary Club, and serves a number of community organizations.


Professional Involvement

  • Member of Ohio Valley Oil & Natural Gas Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Ohio County (WV) Bar Association
  • Belmont County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America, Ohio River Valley Council (Wheeling, WV); Board Member; Executive Committee Member; VP - Administration;
  • Wheeling Rotary Club, Officer 2008- 2012; President 2011 - 2012


Reported Cases

  • Macek v. Jones, 222 W.Va. 702, 671 S.E.2d 707 (2008)

Representative Legal Work

  • Represented a West Virginia Employer in a wrongful discharge case in Federal Court
  • Represented drilling operator on deliberate intent matter
  • Represented a vendor at a natural gas well site in an insurance dispute
  • Represented a party in a well site Master Service Agreement dispute
  • Represented a party involved with moving drilling equipment between well sites
  • Represented an employer in a labor/law and defamation case in West Virginia
  • Co-chaired a medical malpractice case defending a gastroenterologist
  • Represented appraiser on jurisdictional challenge
  • Represented real estate agents in radon litigation and fraud cases


Practice Concentrations

  • Labor/Employment/Deliberate Intent
  • Oil and Natural Gas Industry Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mass Tort and Asbestos
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