Elba (Bo) Gillenwater Jr.
Of Counsel
Wheeling, WV
office 304.230.6954
mobile 304.281.4251
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Mr. Gillenwater has retired from active participation with the firm. During his years of active practice (1973 - 2014), his primary areas of practice were general litigation defense, professional liability defense, insurance defense, health care, real estate and mediation.


  • Berea College, B.A., History and Political Science, 1965
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1973


  • Serving as outside Risk Manager and litigation counsel for Ohio Valley Medical Center, a community hospital, while the hospital was self-insured, 1985 - 1999
  • Serving as liaison counsel between excess carrier and hospital for purposes of determining hospital's insurance coverage needs, placement and renewals
  • Providing claims management services
  • Serving as lead counsel in several cases involving personal injuries, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and professional liability
  • Serving as counsel for general hospital, handling a diversity of health care related issues including contract preparation and review, hospital and medical-dental staff bylaws review and revisions, medical-dental staff disciplinary proceedings and employment law
Construction Law Insurance Insurance Defense Litigation


  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Ohio County Civil Service Commission, Member, 1975 - present, President,1975 - 2002
  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, Law and Medicine Committee

Community Involvement

  • Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Catholic Charities Board of Directors,1995 - 2010; President, 2002 - 2010
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