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John “Jack” H. Tinney, Jr.

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214 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301

Tel: 304-346-5500
Direct: 304-400-4548
Fax: 304-346-5515
Email: jtinney@handl.com

John “Jack” H. Tinney, Jr. has more than 20 years of experience as a litigation attorney in West Virginia. A veteran litigator, Jack has extensive experience in professional liability litigation, product liability claims, business and commercial litigation, construction-related litigation, insurance and bad faith litigation, and federal criminal defense. Jack’s skill and professionalism have been recognized by several national publications, including Best Lawyers®.

Jack earned his Bachelor of Arts in history, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 1992. And he earned his Juris Doctor From Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995, where he also received The Bennett-Liverman Scholarship.

Jack started his legal career in private practice for one of the largest firms in West Virginia. He then served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. King on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Jack joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal cases and represented the United States in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2001, Jack was a founding Member of The Tinney Law Firm, where he spent 15 years representing a variety of clients in federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in two separate constitutional challenges to the court’s trial court rules and judicial recusal process. In 2014, Jack was a member of the team that successfully challenged and overturned West Virginia’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage in McGee v. Cole.

Jack joined Hendrickson & Long, PLLC in February 2016, where he continues to treat each client as he would wish to be treated: engaged in the client’s matter and understanding the client’s ultimate goal.

Outside of the law practice, Jack uses his skills and experience to give back to his profession and the community. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee for the Southern District of West Virginia and a former board member of the Charleston Sanitary Board.


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 1992


  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers



  • McGee v. Cole, No. 3:13-24068 (S.D. W. Va. 2014)
  • United States v. Jon Paul Clements, No. 2:13-cr-00315 (S.D. W. Va. 2014)
  • Massey Energy Co. v. Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, No. 2:06-cv-00614
  • (S.D. W. Va 2007)
  • State v. Warrick Pharms., Circuit Court of Kanawha County, W. Va. (2005)
  • United States v. Kevin Ball, (S.D. W. Va. 2001)
  • Norfolk S. Ry. Co. v. Chief Justice Warren McGraw, No. 02-2032 (S.D. W. Va.)
  • Mid-State Sur. Corp. v. Thrasher Eng’g, Inc., No. 2:04-813 (S.D. W. Va.)
  • United States v. Ashworth, No. 2:03-cr-00278 (S.D. W. Va.)

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