W. Henry Jernigan, Jr.


Henry focuses on the defense of complex litigation involving corporate disputes and product liability claims. He served as a law clerk for H.E. Widener, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law  (J.D., 1975)
  • Washington and Lee University  (B.S., 1972)
    • Commerce

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

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


  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, past president and Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute, past West Virginia State Representative
  • Federalist Society
  • Rotary International, Paul Harris Scholar
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Charleston Area Alliance, Business Development Committee
  • United Way of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Campaign Coordination Committee
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Carnegie Hall of West Virginia, Board of Directors
  • Fund for the Arts, Board of Directors
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, chairman, Civil Justice Committee
  • WV Bar Foundation, fellow


  • Best Lawyers® 
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Antitrust, Energy, Mining, Natural Resources Law and Product Liability, and Commercial Litigation 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Charleston for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2016)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Charleston for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2015) 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • West Virginia Super Lawyers® 
  • Top Commercial Lawyers, The American Lawyers 
  • Leading WV Business Lawyer by WV Inc. (2007) 
  • Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation
  • Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America
  • Retired Partner Award from Dinsmore (2018)