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JACOB D. LAYNE is a member in the Charleston office of Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe. Mr. Layne devotes his practice to the defense of employers in general employment, wrongful termination, deliberate intent, and workplace injury litigation. He also defends state and local governmental entities from tort and civil rights claims. Mr. Layne maintains an active litigation practice in state and federal courts across West Virginia.

Prior to becoming a member, Mr. Layne served as the Chairman of the Associate Committee as well as a representative on the Member/Associate Committee. Mr. Layne has also served as a past lecturer at National Business Institute’s local government law seminar concerning local governmental immunities.

Mr. Layne graduated from West Virginia University, cum laude, as a Promise Scholar with a B.A. degree in political science and a minor in philosophy. He received his J.D. degree from West Virginia University College of Law where he was a member of the moot court team, was selected as a student in the inaugural class of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, and won a CALI Award (highest class grade) in natural resources law.

Following his graduation from law school in 2012, Mr. Layne served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Irons, Circuit Judge of the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit. He also served as the District Ten Representative on the Young Lawyer Executive Committee of the West Virginia State Bar.

Current Employment Position(s):

  • Member since 2018

Previous Position(s)

  • Associate 2014-2018

Areas of Practice:

  • General Litigation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Deliberate Intent
  • Workplace Injury
  • General Defense of Governmental Entities
  • Civil Rights
  • Corporate Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability

Bar Admissions:

  • West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2016

Representative Cases

City of Marmet v. Hunter, No. 17-0493, 2018 WL 2263584 (W. Va. May 17, 2018)

Leverson v Housing Innovations Corp., Kanawha County Civ. No. 15-C-1784, 2017 WL 4773047 (Mar. 30, 2017)

Wintz v. Cabell Cty. Comm’n, No. CV 3:15-11696, 2016 WL 7320887 (S.D.W. Va. Dec. 15, 2016)

Dotson v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. CV 3:15-13754, 2016 WL 4942024 (S.D.W. Va. Sept. 15, 2016)

Claypool v. City of Stonewood, Harrison County Civ. Act. No. 15-2-1162 (June 1, 2016)

Brewer v. Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, Kanawha County Civ.Act. No. 14-C-2101 (March 2, 2016)

Education

West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, May, 2012
Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • CALI Award, Natural Resources Law
  • Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic
  • Moot Court

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minor in Philosophy

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary
  • Mortar Board Honorary
  • Promise Scholarship
  • James F. Dent Scholarship
  • Chair, Student Government Association Judicial Board

Classes/Seminars

 Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need To Know; National Business Institute;  Charleston, West Virginia; November 16, 2017