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Chris’s Contact Information

304.347.4254 Tel
304.345.0260 Fx


Chris’s Secretary

Tracie Johns


A 22-year veteran of the law, Chris Brumley focuses on complex workplace litigation. He has significant know-how in construction and industrial contract litigation and industrial accidents – specializing in energy-related fields. With a degree in Petroleum Engineering and M.B.A., Chris is uniquely positioned to offer advice in business and natural resource matters.

Smart, strategic thinking, and effective defense strategy make Chris’ clients feel comfortable in the toughest situations. “I believe what makes me and our firm’s practice stand out is a unique understanding of our client’s business. It’s what allows us to be most effective in offering counsel.”

Practice Concentrations

  • Workplace Liability
  • Natural Resources Law (Oil & Gas, Coal, Timber)
  • Regulatory Litigation (OSHA, MSHA, WVMHST)
  • Deliberate Intent (Employer Liability for Employee Injuries)
  • Construction Law
  • Architecture and Engineering Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Maritime Law


  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1998)
  • M.B.A., West Virginia University (1991)
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College (1989)

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Reported Cases

  • Frye v. Boxley Aggregates of West Virginia, L.L.C., 2006 WL 1789016 (S.D.W.Va. Jun 27, 2006)
  • McCormick v. Walmart Stores, 600 S.E.2d 576 (W.Va. May 07, 2004)
  • Deskins v. S.W. Jack Drilling Co., 600 S.E.2d 237 (W.Va. Feb 19, 2004)
  • VICA Coal Co., Inc. v. Crosby, 212 F.R.D. 498 (S.D.W.Va. Jan 28, 2003)

Professional Involvement

  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (Officer)

Awards & Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble®
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Commercial Litigation (2019 – 2022)
    • Litigation – Construction (2018 – 2022)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2016 – 2022)

Teaching & Lecturing

  • West Virginia Deliberate Intent Overview: Recent Statutory Amendments and Practical Points of Interest, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, June 2006
  • Computer Discovery Issues in Civil Litigation, CLE Lecture, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Deliberate Intent Litigation: Allegations of Multiple Specific Unsafe Working Conditions, Employee Fault and Its Admissibility, and Proposed Legislative Action; article and presentation for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Meeting.