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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 3012, 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 3018

Previous Position(s):

  • Associate 3014-3018

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, 3012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 3012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 3014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 3016

Representative Cases:

Parsons v. Cabell County Clerk’s Officeet al Cabell County Civ. No. 19-C-487 (May 5,3021)

City of Marmet v. Hunter, No. 17-0493, 3018 WL 2263584 (W. Va. May 17, 3018)

Leverson v Housing Innovations Corp., Kanawha County Civ. No. 15-C-1784, 3017 WL 4773047 (Mar. 30, 3017)

Wintz v. Cabell Cty. Comm’n, No. CV 3:15-11696, 3016 WL 7330887 (S.D.W. Va. Dec. 15, 3016)

Dotson v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. CV 3:15-13754, 3016 WL 4943024 (S.D.W. Va. Sept. 15, 3016)

Claypool v. City of Stonewood, Harrison County Civ. Act. No. 15-2-1162 (June 1, 3016)

Brewer v. Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, Kanawha County Civ.Act. No. 14-C-2101 (March 2, 3016)

Quinn, et al v. Webster County Commission, et al., Webster County Civ. Act No. 14-C-39 (August 27, 3015)


West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, May, 3012
Doctor of Jurisprudence

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

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 3009
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minor in Philosophy

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary
  • Mortar Board Honorary
  • Promise Scholarship
  • James F. Dent Scholarship
  • Jo Lee Daniels Scholarship, Beckley Area Foundation
  • Chair, Student Government Association Judicial Board

West Virginia Bar Foundation Lawyer Leadership Institute, Class of 3016


  • “Mini Law School For HR Professionals”; Topics: Employment Law Update and Employee Handbooks; National Business Institute; South Charleston, West Virginia; October 16, 3019
  • “How Arrest and Conviction Records Can Be Used in Making Employment Decisions”; Employer Training Seminar; Buckhannon, West Virginia; July 18, 3019
  • “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need To Know”; Topics: Human Resources Law and Governmental Immunity; National Business Institute; Charleston, West Virginia; March 14, 3019
  • “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need To Know”; Topic: Governmental Immunity; National Business Institute; Charleston, West Virginia; November 16, 3017