Paula  - L. - Durst

Paula L. Durst

Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3834 - office
304.545.4483 - mobile


  • University of Kentucky, B.S., with distinction, 1988
  • Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 1991


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
Ms. Durst's primary areas of practice are toxic tort and product liability litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Account Manager for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Defense of a series of large toxic tort matters for corporate client in federal court
  • Defense of class action toxic tort and environmental matter for large corporate client
  • Defense of wrongful death, employer deliberate intent, toxic tort and product liability matters in state and federal courts
  • Defense of asbestos and silica premises and product liability defendants
  • Responsible for document collection and organization of nationwide product liability litigation matter
  • Defense of general litigation matters, including commercial, employment and labor law, and consumer rights


  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Litigation
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee and Product Liability Committee

Awards and Distinctions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA for "America's Leading Lawyers in General Commercial Litigation"
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants


  • Participant in University of Virginia School of Law Nine-Day Trial Advocacy Institute, 1997
  • Fund for the Arts, Member, Board of Directors, 1994 - Present
  • Chairman, Wine & All That Jazz Festival, sponsored by Fund for the Arts, 2003 - 2004
  • Co-Chairman, Wine & All That Jazz Festival and Blues Brews & BBQs Festival, sponsored by Fund for the Arts, 2005
  • Keep a Child in School, Member, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1997
  • 1999 Leadership West Virginia program, participant
  • 1992 Leadership Charleston program, participant
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