Don  - C. A. - Parker

Don C. A. Parker

  • Member
  • Co-Chair, Appellate Group
  • Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Group
Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3896 - office
304.545.0666 - mobile


  • Centre College of Kentucky, B.S., 1985
  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1988


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kentucky State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • California State Bar (currently inactive)
  • All federal courts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, District of Columbia and California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
Mr. Parker's primary areas of practice are litigation, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith law, appellate litigation, and consumer finance law.

Representative Experience

  • Former Assistant General Counsel, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, D.C., 1993 - 1998
  • Former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Inglewood, California, Criminal Division, 1989 - 1992
  • Extensive first-chair trial experience, primarily representing defendants in insurance and bad faith litigation, general tort litigation, employment litigation and the prosecution in criminal cases
  • Extensive experience representing insurance companies in insurance coverage and bad faith disputes in West Virginia
  • Significant appellate experience, successfully representing defendants before appellate courts in West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on a wide range of insurance and tort law issues
  • Significant experience in handling a high volume of medium-exposure tort and employment cases for a large self-insured entity (WMATA)
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a trial court's refusal to enforce an arbitration clause in a contract for the purchase of a car
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a trial court’s decision to force a workers’ compensation insurance carrier to provide deliberate intent insurance coverage to an employer that had never purchased such coverage
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a trial court’s decision to force an insurance company to provide liability insurance to the State of West Virginia for an injury sustained by a child on State property
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a trial court’s misapplication of the “reasonable expectations” doctrine as a basis for striking exclusions from an insurance policy in an insurance coverage dispute involving a sunken marina
  • Successfully preserved on appeal a trial court’s grant of summary judgment to an insurance company due to the preservation of governmental immunity enjoyed by the insured
  • Obtained a reversal on appeal of a jury verdict in favor of a mentally disabled plaintiff alleging serious physical injuries as a result of being struck by a car while exiting a WMATA bus
  • West Virginia State Bar trained mediator


  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Former Chair, Insurance Law Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia


Reported Cases

  • Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Front, _____ S.E. 2d _____, 2013 WL 3155993 (W.Va.)
  • Jenkins v. City of Elkins, 230 W. Va. 335, 738 S.E. 2d 1, 2012 (2012)
  • New Hampshire Insurance Company v. RRK, Inc., 230 W. Va. 52, 736 S.E. 2d 52 (2012)
  • National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh v. Miller, 228 W. Va. 739, 724 S.E. 2d 343 (2012)
  • Graham v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., 474 Fed.Appx. 956 (4th Cir. 2012)
  • West Virginia Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company v. Summit Point Raceway Associates, Inc., 228 W.Va. 360, 719 S.E. 2d 830 (2011)
  • Loudin v. National Liability & Fire Insurance Company, 228 W. Va. 34, 716 S.E. 2d 696 (2011)
  • WMATA v. Reading, 109 Md. App. 89, 674 A. 2d 44 (1996)
  • Chapman v. Kamara, 118 Md. App. 418, 702 A. 2d 977 (1997)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law
  • Named Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Insurance Law in Charleston, West Virginia by Best Lawyers
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers 
  • Distinguished™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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