Pamela Dawn Tarr

Phone: (304) 340-1086 | Fax: (304) 340-1050 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Pamela Dawn Tarr is a Of Counsel in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses primarily on the representation of defendants in trial and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts with emphases on personal injury (deliberate intent cases and industrial accidents), product liability (e.g., drug and medical devices, pesticides, cleaning solvents, asbestos, automobiles, jet skis, theatre floor lighting, etc.), class  action, mass torts and other complex litigation.

Ms. Tarr is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She has argued thirty (30) cases in state and federal appellate courts that have resulted in published opinions. Ms. Tarr has served the State of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar in the following capacities: Assistant Attorney General for the state of West Virginia, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Kanawha County, Member of the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, Chair of the West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers' Section and Member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division Executive Counsel. Most recently, she was a Member of the State Bar Lawyer Disciplinary Board from 2006-2012, where she served on the Hearing Panel.

Ms. Tarr obtained her Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration cum laude in 1974 and her Juris Doctor in 1977, both from West Virginia University. While in law school, Ms. Tarr served as the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board, was a two time member of the National Moot Court Team, and received the Order of the Barristers.

Ms. Tarr is the leader of Jackson Kelly's thirty-member Deliberate Intent Team, which focuses on the defense of claims resulting from occupational injuries. In 2009, Ms. Tarr completed the 80 hour underground miners’ apprentice course at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Logan, where she earned her "red hat" and an apprentice miner’s card from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training.

Her broad experience includes defending personal injury and wrongful death claims involving oral contraceptives, hormone therapy (alleged violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act), medications for heartburn (allegations of improper labeling) and anti-convulsants (allegations of improper off label use). She has served as local counsel in national pharmaceutical litigation involving oral contraceptives and hormone therapy.

A lover of books, Ms. Tarr is the immediate past President of the Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors. Ms. Tarr has also served her community as the Chairman of Read Aloud West Virginia of Kanawha County and as a volunteer reader in Kanawha County public schools for fifteen (15) years. Ms. Tarr is currently on the Board of Directors of the Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of Charleston's heritage and history.

Legal Experience
2004 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1999 - 2003 Flaherty, Sensabaugh, Bonasso PLLC, Member
1994 - 1999 WV Workers' Compensation Office of Judges - Decision Deputy
1980 - 1990 Jackson Kelly PLLC - Associate 1980, Member 1985
1979 - 1980 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kanawha County, WV
1977 - 1979 Assistant Attorney General, State of West Virginia
1977J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1974B.S. B.A.West Virginia University (Business Administration)
Bar Admissions
1977West Virginia
Court Admissions
2004United States Supreme Court
1978U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1977U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1977U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1977West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement:
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association, 1980-present
  • ABA Young Lawyers' Division Executive Council, 1983-1985
  • WV State Bar, 1977-present
  • WV State Bar, Board of Governors, 1981-1982
  • WV State Bar, Chairman, Young Lawyers' Section, 1981-1982
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2004-present
  • Lawyer Disciplinary Board, Hearing Panel, 2006-2012
  • Licensed Underground Apprentice, West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2013

  • Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 2009
  • Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors 1997-2012
    President 2003-2005
    First Vice President 1999-2003
    Chairman - Marketing and Development Committee 1998
  • Read Aloud WV of Kanawha County Board of Directors 1993-1998
    Chairman 1995-1996
    Volunteer Reader - Overbrook  Elementary 1994-2002
    Volunteer Reader - Taft Elementary 1997-1999
    Volunteer Reader - Shoals Elementary 1999-2009
  • Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Education Committee 1995-present
    Recipient - "Expect the Best" Award 1998
  • Public Television Ready-to-Learn Task Force 1995-1999
  • Overbrook Elementary School Parent Involvement Council 1996-1999
    Vice President for Enrichment 1996-1998

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "There's No Place Like Home:  A Look at Jurisdiction Post-Nicastro and Goodyear," EMLF 33rd Annual Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, June 24-26, 2012
  • Speaker, American Bar Association's Women in Products Liability Regional CLE Seminar in Nashville, TN, "Does Jurisdiction follow the Product?", Oct. 27, 2011 
  • Speaker, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia - Products Liability Committee: "Does Jurisdiction Follow the Product?": J. McIntyre Machiner, Ltd., v. Robert J. Nicastro et al., 564 U.S. _______ (June 27, 2011), September 15, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Ethical Obligations in Undertaking Discovery," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Discovery Seminar, Oct. 2009
  • Speaker, "Deliberate Intent Occupational Disease Cases," 38th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium, Feb. 2011
  • Speaker, "Private Claims under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act," West Virginia CLE Annual Litigation Seminar, Canaan Valley, West Virginia, Feb. 25-26, 2011

Writings and Publications:

Awards and Honors:
  • Named in the 2017 Best Lawyers®  Business Edition "Women in Law" 
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2011-2018
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (WVU Business Honorary)
  • Pi Delta Phi (WV French Honorary)
  • Chief Justice, Moot Court Board (WVU College of Law)
  • Member, National Moot Court Team (WVU College of Law)
  • Order of Barristers
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