James   - S. - Crockett

James S. Crockett, Jr.

  • Member
  • Co-Chair, Deliberate Intent Practice Group
Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3824 - office
304.552.9094 - mobile


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1974; M.A., 1976
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, doctoral work, 1976 - 1978
  • The College of William & Mary, J.D., 1981


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
Mr. Crockett's primary areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, including business torts, coal litigation, environmental litigation and bankruptcy litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Representing commercial owners in major construction litigation
  • Representing employers in fatality cases
  • Representing coal companies and lessors in environmental and commercial cases
  • Representing land owners in condemnation cases
  • Representing natural gas producer in sales litigation
  • Representing medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigation
  • Representing companies in shareholder litigation
  • Representing debtor and served as primary trial and appellate counsel in national mass tort bankruptcy case
  • Representing the Resolution Trust Corporation and its successors on a regional basis
  • Representing national food processing company in major Clean Water Act cases in state and federal courts
  • Representing numerous banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of litigation matters
  • Representing officers and directors in a variety of cases involving derivative claims, disputed dissolutions and corporate governance issues
  • Representing clients in more than 25 appeals in various United States Circuit Courts and argued 19 of those appeals, including the trial of a contempt charge in the Fourth Circuit

Other Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to Honorable Albert V. Bryan, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981 - 1982
  • Associate, Mays & Valentine, LLP, Richmond, Virginia, 1982 - 1989
  • Partner, Mays & Valentine, LLP, Richmond, Virginia, 1990 - 2000
  • Partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP, Richmond, Virginia, 2001 - 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Environmental, and Litigation - Construction
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows, Santa Barbara, Ca. (May 2012)
  • Business Torts: Tortious Interference with Contractual Relationships and the Virginia Business Conspiracy Statute, Virginia Law Foundation CLE
  • Executive Editor, William & Mary Law Review, 1980 - 1981

Community Affiliations

  • President, Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, 2007 - 2008
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