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Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC

Jeff Van Volkenburg

Reported Cases

  • Hinkle v. Matthews, 2016 WL 3945734 (S.D. W.Va. 2016)
  • Gains v. Cumberland Partnership, 2013 WL 6152105 (Memorandum Decision)
  • Lindsay v. Attorneys Liability Protection Soc., Inc., 2013 WL 1776465 (Memorandum Decision)
  • Hagy v. Equitable Production Co., et al, 2011 WL 1627920 (S.D. W.Va. 2011)
  • Ruckdeschel v. Falcon Drilling Co., LLC, et al, 693 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va. 2010)
  • Chicago Ins. Co. v. Health Care Indem., Inc., 2010 WL 3064429 (S.D. W.Va. 2010)

Attorney Jeffrey D. Van Volkenburg

Jeffrey D. Van Volkenburg is the West Virginia litigation attorney that business owners and insurers trust to handle all of their business litigation and insurance defense needs. With more than 15 years of litigation experience in private practice, Jeff has effectively defended companies in a variety of trial and appellate cases throughout the State of West Virginia (WV).

Attorney Jeff Van Volkenburg is One of the Top Commercial and Insurance Defense Lawyers in WV

If your company has been named as a defendant in a business dispute, turn to Jeff Van Volkenburg to provide the legal experience you need to successfully navigate the WV legal system. Jeff has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Commercial litigation;
  • Construction defense;
  • Toxic tort litigation;
  • Class action cases;
  • General insurance defense; and
  • Bad faith claims defense in WV.

Your company deserves the West Virginia litigation attorney who has been recognized in Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and other industry leaders for his litigation skills and courtroom prowess.

The Education and Experience that Created a Successful WV Insurance Carrier Counsel

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in history from the College of Wooster, Jeff Van Volkenburg obtained his Juris Doctor at Duquesne University College of Law. He was also chosen for a summer clerkship with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Jeff served as a law clerk for the Honorable John L. Henning, in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, WV, and attended the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University and The University of Virginia Trial Advocacy College.

Before forming Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC with the other founding partners, Jeff was a shareholder at McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, L.C. for 12 years. Throughout his practice, Jeff has earned the reputation of providing high-quality, statewide insurance coverage defense in WV.

Jeff Van Volkenburg: Court Admissions and Professional Affiliations Showing His Value and Commitment

Jeff is a West Virginia litigation attorney who accepts cases throughout the state in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2006, the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia since 2008, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2011, and the United States Supreme Court since 2014.  He is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jeff’s membership in several professional organizations and his individual commitment to his profession and clients keep him on the cutting edge of the law. He also expands his professional development by active involvement in relevant legal organizations. In the Defense Research Institute (DRI), he served as chair of DRI’s 2021 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute and is a member of the Insurance Law Steering Committee; previous chair of the Young Lawyer Section within DRI’s Insurance Law Committee, the Committee on Professionalism and Civility for Young Lawyer Steering Committee, and the Expert Witness Database Subcommittee for Young Lawyer Steering Committee;

Jeff is also active in The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV), where he has served as a member of the Board of Governors since 2016, is the current Secretary of the Executive Committee and previously chaired the Young Lawyer Committee; and the Harrison County Bar Association, where holds the office of Vice President.

This WV Insurance Coverage Litigation Attorney Practices in Many Different Areas of the Law

Attorney Jeff Van Volkenburg understands that commercial and insurance lawsuits can place companies and their insurers in situations that threaten their viability and financial stability. The most satisfying aspect of Jeff’s legal career is creating a road map at the beginning of a case for each client’s unique litigation needs and navigating together through the inevitable challenges they will face to reach the final outcome.

Jeff has extensive experience in a wide variety of insurance litigation matters such as the following:

  • Representing insurers in bad faith claims defense in WV;
  • Acting as deliberate intent counsel for employers facing employee claims;
  • Defending professionals, including attorneys, in professional liability lawsuits;
  • Representing large companies facing toxic tort and asbestos litigation;
  • Defending natural gas and coal companies and their insurers in commercial and environmental matters;
  • Construction litigation defense for contractors and subcontractors;
  • Representing all types of entities involved in commercial litigation disputes;
  • Appellate cases including interlocutory orders; and
  • Other litigation on behalf of companies brought into court in West Virginia.

Jeff Van Volkenburg understands West Virginia’s challenging legal landscape, and he is honored to represent companies facing the unique litigation lifecycle that makes up the WV court system.

Attorney Van Volkenburg Named 2019 Insurance Litigation  Lawyer of the Year, Morgantown, WV and 2024 Lawyer of the Year for Insurance

Jeff has been acknowledged by several leading peer and professional recognition groups, including Super Lawyers®, and has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for work in Insurance Law since 2018 and Litigation—Insurance since 2017. Jeff was named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Morgantown for Litigation—Insurance in 2019 and for Insurance Law in 2024.

Image of Jeff Van Volkenburg, a West Virginia litigation attorney trusted and respected by top companies for litigation and insurance coverage defense in WV.

Attorney Jeffrey D. Van Volkenburg

Jeffrey D. Van Volkenburg is the West Virginia litigation attorney that business owners and insurers trust to handle all of their business litigation and insurance defense needs. With more than 15 years of litigation experience in private practice, Jeff has effectively defended companies in a variety of trial and appellate cases throughout the State of West Virginia (WV).

Attorney Jeff Van Volkenburg is One of the Top Commercial and Insurance Defense Lawyers in WV

If your company has been named as a defendant in a business dispute, turn to Jeff Van Volkenburg to provide the legal experience you need to successfully navigate the WV legal system. Jeff has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Commercial litigation;
  • Construction defense;
  • Toxic tort litigation;
  • Class action cases;
  • General insurance defense; and
  • Bad faith claims defense in WV.

Your company deserves the West Virginia litigation attorney who has been recognized in Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and other industry leaders for his litigation skills and courtroom prowess.

The Education and Experience that Created a Successful WV Insurance Carrier Counsel

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in history from the College of Wooster, Jeff Van Volkenburg obtained his Juris Doctor at Duquesne University College of Law. He was also chosen for a summer clerkship with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Jeff served as a law clerk for the Honorable John L. Henning, in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, WV, and attended the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University and The University of Virginia Trial Advocacy College.

Before forming Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC with the other founding partners, Jeff was a shareholder at McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, L.C. for 12 years. Throughout his practice, Jeff has earned the reputation of providing high-quality, statewide insurance coverage defense in WV.

Jeff Van Volkenburg: Court Admissions and Professional Affiliations Showing His Value and Commitment

Jeff is a West Virginia litigation attorney who accepts cases throughout the state in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2006, the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia since 2008, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2011, and the United States Supreme Court since 2014.  He is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jeff’s membership in several professional organizations and his individual commitment to his profession and clients keep him on the cutting edge of the law. He also expands his professional development by active involvement in relevant legal organizations. In the Defense Research Institute (DRI), he served as chair of DRI’s 2021 Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute and is a member of the Insurance Law Steering Committee; previous chair of the Young Lawyer Section within DRI’s Insurance Law Committee, the Committee on Professionalism and Civility for Young Lawyer Steering Committee, and the Expert Witness Database Subcommittee for Young Lawyer Steering Committee;

Jeff is also active in The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV), where he has served as a member of the Board of Governors since 2016, is the current Secretary of the Executive Committee and previously chaired the Young Lawyer Committee; and the Harrison County Bar Association, where holds the office of Vice President.

This WV Insurance Coverage Litigation Attorney Practices in Many Different Areas of the Law

Attorney Jeff Van Volkenburg understands that commercial and insurance lawsuits can place companies and their insurers in situations that threaten their viability and financial stability. The most satisfying aspect of Jeff’s legal career is creating a road map at the beginning of a case for each client’s unique litigation needs and navigating together through the inevitable challenges they will face to reach the final outcome.

Jeff has extensive experience in a wide variety of insurance litigation matters such as the following:

  • Representing insurers in bad faith claims defense in WV;
  • Acting as deliberate intent counsel for employers facing employee claims;
  • Defending professionals, including attorneys, in professional liability lawsuits;
  • Representing large companies facing toxic tort and asbestos litigation;
  • Defending natural gas and coal companies and their insurers in commercial and environmental matters;
  • Construction litigation defense for contractors and subcontractors;
  • Representing all types of entities involved in commercial litigation disputes;
  • Appellate cases including interlocutory orders; and
  • Other litigation on behalf of companies brought into court in West Virginia.

Jeff Van Volkenburg understands West Virginia’s challenging legal landscape, and he is honored to represent companies facing the unique litigation lifecycle that makes up the WV court system.

Attorney Van Volkenburg Named 2019 Insurance Litigation  Lawyer of the Year, Morgantown, WV and 2024 Lawyer of the Year for Insurance

Jeff has been acknowledged by several leading peer and professional recognition groups, including Super Lawyers®, and has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for work in Insurance Law since 2018 and Litigation—Insurance since 2017. Jeff was named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Morgantown for Litigation—Insurance in 2019 and for Insurance Law in 2024.

Reported Cases

  • Hinkle v. Matthews, 2016 WL 3945734 (S.D. W.Va. 2016)
  • Gains v. Cumberland Partnership, 2013 WL 6152105 (Memorandum Decision)
  • Lindsay v. Attorneys Liability Protection Soc., Inc., 2013 WL 1776465 (Memorandum Decision)
  • Hagy v. Equitable Production Co., et al, 2011 WL 1627920 (S.D. W.Va. 2011)
  • Ruckdeschel v. Falcon Drilling Co., LLC, et al, 693 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va. 2010)
  • Chicago Ins. Co. v. Health Care Indem., Inc., 2010 WL 3064429 (S.D. W.Va. 2010)

Jeff’s Goal is To Serve His Clients and Exceed Their Expectations

Attorney Jeff Van Volkenburg works diligently to ensure each client is fully informed during every step of the litigation process.  He strives to listen, respond promptly, and efficiently manage litigation costs while meeting each client’s specific goals. Jeff strives to serve his clients with sound legal knowledge and experience combined with creative litigation strategies and techniques.

To bring his best self to the table for clients, Jeff also feeds his personal interests. When not defending his client’s rights in the WV court system, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son’s baseball team, running, and traveling.

Office: (304) 918-2842 | Direct: (304) 657-4080

360 Washington Ave | Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301