J. David Bolen


An accomplished first-chair trial lawyer, David has an outstanding record of success trying complex cases in some of the most difficult venues in the nation. Focusing his practice in the areas of products liability, mass tort/class action, work place injuries, and complex commercial litigation, David has represented manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial/mining equipment and various other products in litigation and arbitration in state and federal courts in a number of U.S. jurisdictions.  He also advises clients on risk management, conducts pre-litigation investigations and assessments, and provides general advice to clients, largely in the areas of product defect, chemical exposure, and work-place injuries. He has represented and advised companies in large contract and other commercial disputes and served as an expert witness for an insurance company as part of a complex international arbitration proceeding, providing testimony on the interpretation of U.S. law as it relates to insurance coverage and reinsurance.

Routinely appearing in the state and federal courts of West Virginia and Kentucky, David has successfully represented companies facing personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims arising out of claimed product defects, fires, explosions, train derailments, chemical exposure and other crises. He has successfully represented a number of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of litigation, including deliberate intent actions, environmental clean-up (CERCLA) actions, franchise disputes, premises liability, chemical exposures, and contractual claims.   David has also appeared pro hac vice in the courts of Ohio and served as counsel for cases pending in a number of US jurisdictions.

He participates in a variety of civic and community groups and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ashland Child Development Center located in Ashland, Kentucky and as chairman of the Administrative Board for South Ashland United Methodist Church.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2001)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., 1998)
    • History and Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Cabell County Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Insurance Practice Group
    • Product Liability Group
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel


  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® 
    •  Railroad Law (2021)
  • West Virginia Super Lawyers® 
  • West Virginia Rising Stars®