Clifford  - F. - Kinney

Clifford F. Kinney, Jr.

Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3844 - office
304.552.5487 - mobile


  • American University, B.A., with honors, 1988
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • American University, Semester in Bonn, Germany
  • University of San Diego School of Law, Summer Program in Paris, France


  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
Mr. Kinney's primary areas of practice are class actions, mass torts, toxic tort, general litigation, construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Representative Experience

  • Defending nationwide, regional and local class actions and environmental, toxic tort and consumer cases, including air and water emissions
  • Defending and pursuing construction claims
  • Litigating cases of employer deliberate intent, wrongful death and catastrophic injury
  • Representing clients in insurance coverage disputes, including declaratory judgment actions for determination of coverage
  • Defending bad faith and underwriting claims against payment and performance bonds
  • Trained neutral for American Arbitration Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, Membership Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee of the American Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Chemical Products Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association


  • Distinguished™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – Construction and Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants
  • West Virginia State Bar's Mediator Training Courses
  • University of Virginia School of Law, National Trial Advocacy College


  • Editor and Contributing Author, “Toxic Exposure Claims; A Fifty-State Survey,” ABA Publication, 2016
  • Author, "Construction Checklists - A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues," ABA Publication, 2008
  • Author, "Issues in Construction Bidding," West Virginia Executive, Fall 2006
  • Contributor, "W. Va. Law," Design-Build Deskbook, ABA Publication, 2004


  • Moderator, "Panel Discussion on Recent Trends in Environmental, Toxic Tort, and Mass Tort Cases," 7th Annual Regional Seminar, ABA Section of Litigation, Spring 2013
  • Moderator, 4th Annual Regional Seminar, ABA Section of Litigation, Fall 2009

Community Affiliations

  • Kanawha-Charleston Soccer Foundation, Board Member and South Hills Soccer Association Past President
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association, Past President, Charleston Chapter
  • Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Past Chair, Independent Scholarship Committee
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