James Turner

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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3rd Avenue 825
Huntington 25701 WV US

For more than 25 years James W. Turner has been a trial lawyer that corporations call when they have complex cases in difficult jurisdictions. Jim has tried over 60 cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland. He has obtained dozens of defense verdicts and numerous other “wins” in cases involving allegations of serious injury or death.

Much of Jim’s work relates to purported toxic exposures and the diseases they are alleged to cause. These cases always involve the potential risk of high damages awards and require comprehensive, detailed, and specific defenses. Jim works closely with his clients to discover, develop, and refine these defenses. He has become an advocate for evidence-based science in the courtroom and has devoted years to developing defenses based on good science supported by experts, company witnesses and documents.

While the development and persuasive presentation of a powerful defense is critical, it is equally vital that plaintiffs’ cases be aggressively challenged. Jim has been highly successful in cross examining plaintiffs’ lay and expert witnesses at trial and challenging expert opinions under Daubert.

Litigation is often a zero sum game with winners and losers chosen by juries composed of ordinary citizens. Through his many trials, and jury research projects including mock trials, Jim has honed the twin messages of “good science” and “good companies” to give corporate clients their best chance to prevail at trial.

In addition to toxic tort litigation, Jim has defended corporate clients in cases involving traumatic injury and death, hearing loss, alleged occupation-related orthopedic injuries, and damage to property. Jim is the Managing Member of the Huntington, West Virginia office.


  • Defended railroad against claims of orthopedic injuries from long-term exposure to occupational risk factors and convinced plaintiffs’ counsel not to put an additional 50 cases into suit that they had previously threatened to do
  • Defended chemical manufacturer against claim filed by employee of bronchiolitis obliterans as a consequence of occupational exposure to chemicals including hydrochloric acid
  • Defended a Jones Act claim in Louisiana in which a career-ending injury was alleged. Succeeded in reasonably resolving the claim prior to the initiation of formal litigation.
  • Represented maritime employers in litigation brought pursuant to the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act


  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • B.A. Washington University


  • Member, St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors
  • Past Chair, Transportation Committee, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Member, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


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