David K. Hendrickson

David K. Hendrickson, Founding Partner, has more than 34 years trial experience. He practices in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, personal injury, insurance defense, and general business litigation.  He is especially knowledgeable in cases involving any known toxic substance including, but not limited to, asbestos, acrylamide, benzene, PCB, solvents, aromatic hydrocarbons, and multi-chemical sensitivities.  He is also skilled in cases involving a wide range of products.

Hendrickson has extensive experience in personal injury and various insurance defense litigations. He represents corporations and employers in premises and deliberate intent claims, and manufacturers in claims of chemical exposures and all types of product liability claims.  For more than 34 years, he has represented manufacturers and premises owners in mass trial litigation and has won defense verdicts in this highly specialized area.

His practice also includes litigating a variety of issues surrounding oil and gas leases.  He has litigated several class actions, both in oil and gas and products liability.  He mediates and arbitrates several cases a year on a variety of disputes and has acted as an expert witness.

Hendrickson is a former captain in the United States Army.  He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has also been recognized by several national publications including, Chambers, USA, Best Lawyers in America©, Super Lawyers and Litigation Magazine in the area of Corporate Litigation.  He was recently named a Top 100 Lawyer by Americas Top Attorneys.  The Firm has been recognized as a Tier 1 Law Firm by U.S. News and World Reports for the past several years.  He currently serves on the boards of several charitable, civic and social organizations.


  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1982
  • B.A. (cum laude), West Virginia University, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Pennsylvania State Courts
  • South Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Pro Hac Vice, Several States

Affiliations and Community Involvement

  • Chairman of The West Virginia Regional Tech Park Board
  • Trustee, West Virginia University Alumni Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund
  • Business Law Professor; West Virginia University, Jan. 2014 to current
  •  History Professor, West Virginia University, 2006 through 2008
  • History Professor, Criminal Procedures, Marshall University 1990 through 1999;
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Member, Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Past National President, West Virginia University Alumni Association
  • Past President, Berry Hills Country Club
  • Former Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Former Legal Correspondent, WCHS-TV, The Legal Pad
  • Former Member, West Virginia University Athletic Council
  • Former Member, West Virginia Educational Broadcast Authority
  • Former Member, West Virginia Council for Community & Technical College System of WV
  • Former Member, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Special Recognition

  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007 – Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2005 – Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), 2007 – Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present
  • A.M. Best Company
  • West Virginia Chapter – National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


  • “Conducting Interviews and Investigations for West Virginia Paralegals”
  • Authored & Presented for Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE), Eau Clair, WI 54702
  • Authored Article for AGB: Retention and Graduation Rates “What Does Your Report Card Say?”
  • Authored Article for AGB: “What Will Become of the College Campus?”
  • Advanced Mediation Practices” West Virginia State Bar, 2015

Representative Cases

  • EQT Gathering Equity, LLC v. Fountain Place, LLC, 2012 WL 895769 (S.D.W.Va. March 15, 2012)
  • Harper v. Carmichael Equipment, Inc., 2010 WL 2595070 (S.D.W.Va. June 24, 2010)
  • Nesselroad v. State Consol. Public Retirement Bd., 693 S.E.2d 471 (W.Va. April 15, 2010)
  • Continental Cas. Co. v. American Home Assur. Co., 2010 WL 1417812 (S.D.W.Va. April 02, 2010)
  • Hamrick v. A & I Co., 2009 WL 1077930 (S.D.W.Va. April 20, 2009)
  • Cavcon, Inc. v. Endress ± Hauser, Inc., 557 F.Supp.2d 706 (S.D.W.Va. May 08, 2008)
  • Massey Coal Services, Inc. v. Victaulic Co. of America, 249 F.R.D. 477 (S.D.W.Va. April 21, 2008)
  • State ex rel. Chemtall Inc. v. Madden, 655 S.E.2d 161 (W.Va. November 15, 2007)
  • Stand Energy Corp. v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., 521 F.Supp.2d 537 (S.D.W.Va. October 18, 2007)
  • AtlantiGas Corp. v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., 210 Fed.Appx. 244 (4th Cir.(W.Va.) December 19, 2006)
  • Roney v. Gencorp, 2006 WL 1582363 (S.D.W.Va. June 05, 2006)
  • Benson v. CSX Transp., Inc., 2006 WL 1391436 (S.D.W.Va. May 17, 2006)
  • Hoffman v. Monsanto Co., 2006 WL 925167 (S.D.W.Va. April 07, 2006)
  • Thomas v. Wyeth, 2005 WL 3754203 (S.D.W.Va. June 16, 2005)
  • Roberts v. Anchor Packing Co., 2005 WL 1201212 (S.D.W.Va. May 19, 2005)
  • State of West Virginia ex rel. Chemtall Inc. v. Madden, 607 S.E.2d 772 (W.Va. December 02, 2004)
  • Cunningham v. Bombay Productions, Inc., 309 F.Supp.2d 835 (S.D.W.Va. March 23, 2004)
  • State ex rel. Mobil Corp. v. Gaughan, 563 S.E.2d 419 (W.Va. April 25, 2002)
  • State ex rel. Allman v. MacQueen, 551 S.E.2d 369 (W.Va. July 06, 2001)
  • Nutter v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 550 S.E.2d 398 (W.Va. June 28, 2001)
  • Abbott v. A-Best Prods. Co., 122 F.Supp.2d 688 (N.D.W.Va. November 15, 2000)
  • Owens-Illinois, Inc. v. Meade, 186 F.3d 435 (4th Cir.(W.Va.) August 02, 1999)
  • Bower v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., 522 S.E.2d 424 (W.Va. July 19, 1999)
  • In re Roberts, 178 F.3d 181 (3rd Cir.(Pa.) May 20, 1999)
  • In re Celotex Corp., 124 F.3d 619 (4th Cir.(W.Va.) September 04, 1997)
  • Shaffer v. Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc., 485 S.E.2d 12 (W.Va. March 19, 1997)
  • Watson v. Appalachian Power Co., 934 F.Supp. 191 (S.D.W.Va. August 09, 1996)
  • Cline v. White, 393 S.E.2d 923 (W.Va. May 21, 1990)