James S. Crockett Jr.
Of Counsel
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3824
mobile 304.552.9094
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Mr. Crockett's primary areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, including business torts, coal litigation, environmental litigation and bankruptcy litigation.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1974; M.A., 1976
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, doctoral work, 1976 - 1978
  • The College of William & Mary, J.D., 1981


  • Representing commercial owners in major construction litigation
  • Representing employers in fatality cases
  • Representing coal companies and lessors in environmental and commercial cases
  • Representing land owners in condemnation cases
  • Representing natural gas producer in sales litigation
  • Representing medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigation
  • Representing companies in shareholder litigation
  • Representing debtor and served as primary trial and appellate counsel in national mass tort bankruptcy case
  • Representing the Resolution Trust Corporation and its successors on a regional basis
  • Representing national food processing company in major Clean Water Act cases in state and federal courts
  • Representing numerous banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of litigation matters
  • Representing officers and directors in a variety of cases involving derivative claims, disputed dissolutions and corporate governance issues
  • Representing clients in more than 25 appeals in various United States Circuit Courts and argued 19 of those appeals, including the trial of a contempt charge in the Fourth Circuit
Appellate Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Construction Law Consumer Finance Deliberate Intent Litigation Energy Law Environmental Law Insurance Insurance Defense Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Construction and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Recognized by West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows, Santa Barbara, Ca. (May 2012)
  • Business Torts: Tortious Interference with Contractual Relationships and the Virginia Business Conspiracy Statute, Virginia Law Foundation CLE

Community Involvement

  • President, Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, 2007 - 2008
Numerous Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Ones to Watch 2023 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2021 WV Super Lawyers List 64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 9 Spilman Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" 2021 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2020 WV Super Lawyers List 67 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers Spilman Attorneys Named to 2019 WV Super Lawyers List 66 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers Spilman Attorneys Named to 2018 WV Super Lawyers List Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2017 Coal Mining Disaster Case Settled During Trial Secured Jury Trial Defense Verdicts for International Banks Spilman Negotiates Settlement of Complex Deliberate Intent & Workers' Comp Matters