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J. Victor Flanagan

Equity Member

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J. Victor Flanagan was born in Beckley West Virginia .  After receiving his undergraduate degree in Education from West Virginia University, he returned to his home town and was employed by the Raleigh County Board of Education as an educator before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his Juris Doctorate degree.  Upon graduation from law school and acceptance into the West Virginia Bar in 1989, Mr. Flanagan immediately began practicing in Charleston, West Virginia in insurance defense litigation.

In 1993 Mr. Flanagan joined the firm now known as Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC and was its managing member from 2002-2012.  Mr. Flanagan was a leading force behind the firm’s move into its nationally recognized historic offices in downtown Charleston, West Virginia .  The Charleston office has been recognized both locally and nationally for its innovative concepts including the State’s first full time, on-site daycare center; health and fitness club for employees; and off-site accessible mainframe, allowing attorneys to work from home or while traveling.

Mr. Flanagan concentrates his practice in insurance coverage and claims.  He has tried a wide variety of cases pertaining to government liability, municipal liability, employment issues, product liability and construction law.  In his career, he has handled cases in all areas of corporate law and defense litigation.  In this regard, he has defended claims of sexual harassment, vehicular negligence, products liability, premises liability, manufactured home disputes, bad faith litigation, medical malpractice, civil rights, and toxic tort defense.  Mr. Flanagan has extensive litigation experience in both State and Federal Court.

Mr. Flanagan also has extensive training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and frequently serves as a mediator for civil disputes.  Subsequently, Mr. Flanagan has been certified in mediation by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School .  He has extensive experience practicing in State and Federal Appellate Courts, having been involved in numerous cases that have assisted in interpreting the laws of the State of West Virginia .

Mr. Flanagan frequently serves as a guest speaker for insurance companies and corporations on employment disputes, contractual obligations, and tort liability issues.  He stays active in the community supporting charitable organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, and Toys for Tots.

Current Employment Position(s):

  • Equity Member

Areas of Practice:

  • Employment Law
  • Governmental LiabilityAutomobile and Trucking
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction
  • Fire
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medical
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Property

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • West Virginia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1996


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1989
    Honors: Order of the Barristers
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1981
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Major: Education

Representative Cases:

Representative Clients:

  • AIG Insurance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • St. Paul Travelers
  • Dollar General Corp.
  • CNA
  • West Virginia University
  • Cracker Barrell
  • Horace Mann
  • Zurich
  • GE Insurance Solutions

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Medical Malpractice in West Virginia: An Update on the Law, 8th Annual PsiMed, Inc. Mountain Retreat, September 18, 2004
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Evaluations Used During the Trial Process in West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia, October 15, 2004
  • Probate Administrators Executors & Trustees, Office Management, Raleigh County Bar, October 2, 2000
  • Emergency Medical Training, 1998
  • Insurance Coverage and Claims in West Virginia
  • West Virginia Municipal Law
  • Civil Rights Liability
  • Trauma Surgeons on Trial, West Virginia Medical Staff

Honors and Awards:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Board of Advisors for Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, 2011
  • Member
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), 2009 – Present
  • Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, 2009 – Present
  • Chairman – Board of Directors
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2007 – Present
  • Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, 1989 – Present
  • Member
  • Defense Research Institute, 1989 – Present
  • Member
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 1989 – Present
  • Member
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, 1989 – Present
  • Member
  • West Virginia State Bar Association, 1989 – Present
  • Member
  • Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member

Past Employment Positions:

  • Shuman Annand & Poe, 1989 – 1993
  • Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC, Managing Member, 2002 – 2012

Pro Bono Activities:

  • West Virginia Bar Association Phone Bank, 1989 – 1996

Ancillary Businesses:

  • Expert, Insurance Bad Faith Law


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