D. C. Offutt, Jr.

Managing Member

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With more than 40 years of experience, D.C. Offutt, Jr., is one of the premier defense attorneys in West Virginia and Kentucky, particularly with regard to the defense of medical negligence claims. Throughout his career, Mr. Offutt has focused his practice on defending claims against physicians, hospitals and other healthcare professionals and facilities. In this regard, he has tried over one-hundred twenty-five jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the state of West Virginia and in the surrounding states of Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland. Within the broad arena of medical negligence claims, Mr. Offutt has tried twenty birth injury cases to verdict, achieving outright defense verdicts in all but three of those cases. As a result of his willingness to take difficult cases to trial and his ability to win the majority of those cases at trial, Mr. Offutt has been able to achieve many favorable settlements in high risk cases on behalf of his clients without the necessity of going to trial.

In addition to his trial record, Mr. Offutt has been counsel of record and argued nearly 50 appellate cases, including cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Mr. Offutt is the founder of the firm and continues to serve as its managing member. Mr. Offutt has also volunteered his time in service to his profession. In this regard, he was elected by his fellow attorneys to serve on the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar in 1990 and proudly served as the 50th President of the organization in 1997-1998. He has been honored as a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, West Virginia Super Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, and Outstanding Lawyers of America. He has been recognized by his peers as Best Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year in West Virginia for Personal Injury Defense in 2013, and for Medical Malpractice Defense in 2014, 2017, and 2020.He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, Kentucky Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, Cabell County Bar Association, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Defense Research Institute, and the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Mr. Offutt appreciates and understands the personal and professional impact medical malpractice lawsuits have on health care providers and works hard to guide his healthcare clients through the litigation process to achieve the best possible outcome in terms of clearing their professional reputations.

Mr. Offutt is an avid amateur photographer and in his spare time he travels the world seeking to capture images of the earth’s magnificent birds, animals, and iconic natural landscapes before they are permanently altered by the effects of global warming.

  • Practice Areas:

    • Medical Malpractice
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Insurance Defense
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Premises and Product Liability
    • Employment Law
    • Employer’s Liability
    • Motor Carrier Defense
    • Appellate Law

Education:

  • JURIS DOCTORATE, West Virginia University College of Law, 1978
  • Editor in Chief, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 80
  • Order of the Coif
  • Winner, College of Law Trial Competition Award, 1977
  • Winner, Lugar Cup Trial Competition, West Virginia College of Law, 1978
  • Winner, Gourley Cup Trial Competition, Allegheny County Trial Lawyers Association, 1978
  • M.P.A., PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, West Virginia University, 1972
  • B.A., POLITICAL SCIENCE, West Virginia University, 1971

Honors, Awards, Services:

  • President, West Virginia State Bar, 1997-98
  • President-Elect, West Virginia State Bar, 1996-97
  • Vice President, West Virginia State Bar, 1995-96
  • Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar, 1992-1998
  • Board of Governors, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 1990-93
  • President, Cabell County Bar Association, 1986
  • Member, Commission on the Future of the West Virginia Judicial System, 1997-98
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Access to Justice, Commission on the Future of the West Virginia Judicial System, 1998
  • Member, Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 2000
  • State Bar Delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, 1998-99
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-Present
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America, 2003-Present
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2001-Present
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 1979-Present
  • West Virginia Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice – 2007-Present
  • West Virginia’s Top Lawyers, 2008-Present
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers – Personal Injury Litigation Defendants, Charleston, WV – 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Law, Defendants, Charleston, WV – 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Law, Defendants, Charleston, WV – 2017
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2004
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2008-Present
  • West Virginia State Bar TechNet Committee, 1989-Present
  • West Virginia State Bar Law and Medicine Committee, 1991-Present
  • Distinguished Faculty, West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, 1992,1994
  • Chairman, West Virginia State Bar TechNet Committee, 1997-98
  • Visiting Committee, West Virginia University College of Law, 2002-2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV)

Licenses:

  • West Virginia, 1978
  • Kentucky, 1989

Court Admissions:

  • The Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • All West Virginia Circuit and Magistrate Courts
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals
  • All Kentucky Circuit and District Courts

Professional Affiliations:

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Cabell County, West Virginia Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Boyd County, Kentucky Bar Association

Community Service:

  • Member, WV Board of Physical Therapy, 2010-Present
  • Vestry Member, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Huntington, WV 2000-2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA, Inc., 1978-1994
  • President, Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA, Inc., 1987
  • Member, Huntington Chamber of Commerce 1993-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Huntington Centers for Independent Living, 1981-1984

Successes:

  • Successfully tried 23 birth injury cases with a success rate of nearly 80%.
  • Experienced litigator having tried in excess of 120 cases.
  • Obtained a wide breadth of trial experience having tried cases involving medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, automobile liability, commercial liability, product liability, premises liability, blasting and nuisance, trespassing, breach of contract, physical assault, sexual harassment, ERISA and arson.