Stephen R. Crislip

Phone: (304) 340-1180 | Fax: (304) 340-1050 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Stephen R. Crislip is the former General Counsel to the Firm. Beginning as an associate in 1973, he served as a Member from 1980 to 2013 and now is Of Counsel to the Firm. His practice focuses primarily in litigation with an emphasis on the defense of cases involving professional responsibility, general litigation, construction litigation and business litigation. 

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Crislip was a graduate assistant and academic adviser at West Virginia University where he majored in political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 with honors, and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 1969 and 1970. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1973, Order of the Coif, and became an associate at the Firm. For two years, he was involved in labor litigation before moving to the Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Mr. Crislip has been admitted to practice in West Virginia, in the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has been active in the the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar Association and the West Virginia State Bar. He is a former President of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and is the former President of the West Virginia Bar Association.  He served as the President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) and was its former National Membership Chair.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association, a Fellow of the West Virginia State Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and a Master in the Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court. 

Mr. Crislip has been active in the Charleston community having served ten years on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Family YMCA and is a former Chairman of its Board. He served as a trustee of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation from 1996 to 2003 and as Chairman of the Board. He has also served as the Chairman of the Visiting Committee at the West Virginia University College of Law. He has served on the Board of the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter. He has been a lecturer for West Virginia CLE and various other bar-related groups. He was the chapter author on evidence for the prototype Fourth Circuit handbook and is now the West Virginia chapter author for The Tort Law Desk Reference, a Fifty-State Compendium, as well as the ABA Legal Malpractice Compendium for West Virginia. He is a chapter author for a Defense Research Institute book on Law Office Management.  He is also the author of a legal humor book titled Down To The Hard Road, as well as Lawyering for Lawyers, a national blog site.

Mr. Crislip is a Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent).  He is named in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® 2003-2017 and 2007-2016 West Virginia Super Lawyers®. He was also named the 2012 Charleston, West Virginia, Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.



Legal Experience
1973 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1972Jackson & Kelly, Summer Associate
1971Jackson & Kelly, Summer Associate
1973J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1970B.A.West Virginia University (Political Science/History)
Bar Admissions
1973West Virginia
Court Admissions
2004U.S. Supreme Court
1986U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1974U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
1973U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1973U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1973West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement:
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, President (2006-2007), President Elect (2005-2006), Vice President (2004-2005); National Membership Chairman (1998-2004); National Vice Chairman, Membership (1996-1997); National Executive Council (1991-1994); Eastern Regional Membership Chairman (1993); State Chairman (1989-1997)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of WV, President (1996-1997); Vice President (1995-1996); Secretary (1993-1994); Treasurer (1994-1995); Board of Governors (1990-1999); Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Board Member (2005-2008 and 2011-2014), Member, Medical and Professional Liability Committee; Construction Litigation Committee; Membership Committee (2010-2013); West Virginia State Defense Research Institute Representative (2010-2011); Central Region Representative (2011-2014)
  • West Virginia Bar Association, President (2010); Executive Council (2005-2012); Membership Chairman (1990-1992); Committee on Legal Services Plan
  • West Virginia State Bar, Civil Rules Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1986-2003); Committee on Legal Assistants, (1984-1987); Court Reporters Board of Review (1983-1985); Bicentennial Committee; Legal Services to the Poor (2000-2004)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, Legal Services Committee; Local Rules Committee (1988-1990)
  • Fellow American Bar Association, Member, Professional Liability; Alternate Dispute Resolution, Pre-Trial Practice and Discovery Committees, Arbitration Committee
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Member
  • American Arbitration Association
  • West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee (1996-1999),  Chairman (1999-2000)
  • Jackson Kelly Executive Committee (1996-1999)
  • General Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC (2002-2013)
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Master Member, The Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Diplomat, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

  • WVU Extension Service, Master Gardener
  • Greenbrier Sporting Club
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Chairman of the Board (2001-2002), Trustee (1996-2005), Scholarship Committee (1992-1995)
  • Charleston YMCA, Board of Directors (1995-2000), Chairman (1997-1998)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Fundraiser
  • YMCA, Fundraiser
  • Trustee, Allergy Rehabilitation Foundation (1976-1979)
  • Citizens Task Force, City of Charleston, WV (1974-1975)
  • West Virginia Alzheimer's Association, Board of Directors (2003-2004)

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Moderator, West Virginia CLE Winter Litigation Series, 1988, 1990-1992
  • McDonough Caperton Lecture Series, Legal Malpractice, 1990
  • Professional Education Systems, Lecturer, Cross-Examination of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1987
  • West Virginia CLE, Lecturer, Cross Examination, 1986
  • West Virginia Legal Secretaries and Legal Assistants Association, Lecturer, Various Topics, 1983-1986
  • West Virginia CLE, Lecturer, Damages, 1995, Professional Liability, 2006
  • Defense Trial Counsel Annual Meeting, Ethics, 2009

Writings and Publications:
  • Chapter Author, DRI Law Practice Management, (2014)
  • Author, Lawyering for Lawyers (
  • Author, Down to the Hard Road (2007)
  • Author, A Modern History Of A Law Firm Known As Jackson Kelly, 2005
  • Chapter Author, Tort Handbook, a Fifty State Compendium, Aspen Law and Business (2000-present)
  • Chapter Author, Evidence, Fourth Circuit Handbook, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1997 (proof version)
  • Chapter Author, Legal Malpractice Compendium, ABA
  • Products Liability, West Virginia Defense Trial Manual, 1984 (article)

Awards and Honors:
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Charleston, West Virginia, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • 2016 West Virginia Bar Association Award of Merit
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Charleston, West Virginia, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the Litigation Section of Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Professional Liability: Defense, 2012-2015
  • Named the 2012 Charleston, West Virginia, Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Named in the 2012-2017 editions of West Virginia Super Lawyers® for Professional Liability: Defense Law
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2003-2018
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Charleston President 1982
  • Order of the Coif
  • West Virginia Law Review, 1971-1973
  • Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, 1969-1970
  • Solon E. Summerfield Scholar, 1970
  • Dean's Scholarship, 1973
  • WVU Honors Program
  • Mountain and Sphinx Honoraries
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