Clifford F. Kinney Jr.
Member | Co-Chair, The Battle Group | Co-Chair, Toxic Tort Litigation Practice Group
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3844
mobile 304.552.5487
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Mr. Kinney's primary areas of practice are class actions, mass torts, toxic tort, general litigation, construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution.


  • 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


  • 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


Alternative Dispute Resolution Chemical Construction Law Deliberate Intent Litigation Litigation Battle Group - Litigation Medical Monitoring Product Liability Litigation Shale Gas Law Toxic Tort Litigation


  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of 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


  • 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


  • 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

Publications & Presentations

  • 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 Involvement

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