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James Wilson Douglas

 

Family Court Judge

Office: 111Court Street, Suite 5

Charleston, West Virginia 25301 

Employment

FAMILY COURT JUDGE, 2017- Present

Kanawha County, 11th Circuit, 5th Division

 

Note: As Family Court Judge, over $94,450.00 in delinquent child support was collected between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.  In 2019, $62,383 was recovered.  The overdue child support thus far obtained in 2020 is over $11,500.  

 

ATTORNEY AT LAW 1977-2016 

James Wilson Douglas, L.C. 145 Main Street, Sutton, West Virginia 26601

1554 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, West Virginia 25322

 

Solo Practitioner on a State-wide basis, accepted cases in Family Law and Divorce only, and litigated cases in 44 of the State’s 55 Counties.

 

Admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court; West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals; United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia; United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court.

 

Adjunct professor of business law, family law focus

Glenville State College 1993-1994; 1997-1998 Summersville Branch

Fairmont State College 2003, Weston Branch

 

Legal services coordinator, 1988-1989 

Regional Education Services Agency (Special Education Emphasis) Region IV

 

Prosecuting Attorney 1985-1988 

Braxton County, West Virginia

 

Continuing Legal Education instructor, 1996-Present 

 

September 6, 1996 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Relocation Rights.

October 16, 1998 - Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia - Relocation Rights

March 31, 1999 - Charleston, West Virginia - Child Support, UIFSA

September 24, 1999 - Flatwoods, West Virginia - Relocation Rights

March 30-31, 2001 - The Greenbrier, West Virginia - Divorce and Bankruptcy

January 18, 2002 - Charleston, West Virginia, NBI - Prenuptial Agreements

March 24, 2003 - Charleston, West Virginia, NBI - Ethical Dilemmas in Divorce

August 29, 2003 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Relocation Rights 

January 5, 2005 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Aspen, Colorado - Custodial Rights of the Non-Biological Gay Parent

September 9, 2005 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Third Party Custodial Rights

January 4, 2006 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Aspen, Colorado - Post Decree Relocation 

June 1, 2006 - Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia University  CLE - Third Party Custodial Issues

September 1, 2006 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - What Goes into the Child Support Calculation

January 7, 2007 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Aspen, Colorado - Grandparents and Third Party Custodial Rights

January 8, 2008 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Vail, Colorado - Visitation and Parenting Rights of the Incarcerated Parent

August 29, 2008 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Disability Pensions in Divorce

January 6, 2009 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Vail, Colorado - Disability Pensions in Divorce

September 4, 2009 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Senior Litigant and Post Divorce Considerations

September 4, 2010 - West Virginia University, Mountaineer Series - Starting and Marketing a Family Law Practice

January 6, 2011 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Vail, Colorado - Effect of Child Preferences in Custodial Litigation

January 3, 2012 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Snowmass, Colorado - Distribution of Vested and Unvested Stock Options in Divorce 

January  2, 2013 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Snowmass, Colorado - The Effect of a Party’s Death During a Pending Dissolution

March 12, 2014 - Kanawha County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee - Mock Trial Team

January 9, 2015 - LEI Family Law Seminar, Vail, Colorado - Retained Earnings in Sub-S Corporations

May 8, 2015 - ABA Section, Family Law Spring CLE - Champagne Case on a Beer Budget

September 24, 2015, Kanawha County Bench Bar - Champagne Case on a Beer Budget

September  8, 2016 Kanawha County Family Bench Bar - Update on WV Family Law

January 5, 2017, LEI Family Law Seminar, Snowmass, CO- Champagne Case on a Beer Budget

January 5, 2018, LEI Family Law Seminar, Vail, CO, Top Ten Evidentiary Mistakes in the Presentation of a Family Law Case

November 29, 2018, Kanawha County Bench Bar - Federal and State Statutory Changes Affecting Family Law 

January 2, 2019, LEI Family Law Seminar, Snowmass, CO - Valuation Quagmire: Marital Components of Separate Properties

September 14, 2019, West Virginia Mountaineer/ Family Law Committee CLE, The Concept of Double Dipping in Family Law

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence 1977

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Member, Moot Court Board, 1975-1977

Student Bar President, 1976-1977

 

Master of Arts 1975

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

German History and Literature (History on Diploma, now awarded as M.A., German Studies)

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1973

University of Charleston (Morris Harvey College) Charleston, West Virginia

Double Major, History and Political Science, German Minor

Awards/Community Service

 

  • ∙AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERSMember, 1993 - Present.

  • ABA, Family Law Section

  • Best Lawyers in America - WV- Family Law, 2006 - Present (Family Law)

  • Member of the Spring 2014 Kanawha County Bench Bar Mock Trial Team

  • Lawyer Education Institute, Faculty Member on Family Law (Colorado)

PROFESSIONAL/LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS/OFFICES

 

  • President, Braxton County Bar Association, 1994-1998

  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, 12th District, 1994-1997, 2003-2006

  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee, Chair of Sub-Committee on Specialization and Certification, 1995-1997

  • West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee, Chair, 1997-2001, 2007-2010

  • West Virginia State Bar Ad Hoc Committee on Specialization and Certification, Vice-Chair, 1997-2006

  • Family Court Rules Committee, 1999-2000

  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Executive Member of the Alternative Families Committee, 2006-2008

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Alimony Formula Committee, 2011-2012

  • Client Protection Fund Committee, 2007-Present

  • Kanawha County Bench Bar Committee, 2010 -Present

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/OFFICES

 

  • Lions Club, President, 1984-1985, 1998-1999; Zone Chairman, 1992-1993 

  • Board of Directors, Precision Services, 1992-1993

  • Vice-Chairman, Braxton County Democratic Executive Committee, 1993

  • Member, Sutton Baptist Church; Usher Committee

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Officer, 2010 - Present

  • Member, Usher and Administrative Council, Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, 2015 - Present 

 

CASES AS LEAD COUNSEL (First Chair) AND BRIEF  WRITING SAMPLES

 

  • State ex rel Miller v. Smith, 168 W.Va. 745, 285 S.E.2d 500 (1981)

  • Young v. JCR Petroleum, Inc., 188 W.Va. 280, 423 S.E.2d 889 (1992)

  • Reynolds v. Reynolds, 189 W.Va. 105, 433 S.E.2d 277 (1993)

  • Sowa v. Committee of Nolan B. Hamrick, 191 W.Va. 105, 443 S.E.2d 262 (1994)

  • Uldrich v. Uldrich, 196 W.Va. 663, 474 S.E.2d 593 (1996)

  • State of West Virginia v. Leeman Jarvis, 199 W.Va. 62, 483 S.E.2d 38 (1996)

  • Meadows v. Meadows, 202 W.Va. 327, 504 S.E.2d 154 (1998)

  • Carr, et al. v. Michael Motors, 210 W.Va. 240, 557 S.E.2d 294 (2001)

  • Conrad v. Conrad, 216 W.Va. 696, 612 S.E.2d 772 (2005)

  • Clifford K. v. Paul S. Ex rel. Z.B.S., 217 W.Va. 625, 619 S.E.2d 138  (2005)

  • Dobbins v. Cunningham, 217 W.Va. 580, 618 S.E.2d 589 (2005)

  • Ryan v. Ryan, 640 S.E.2d 64 (WV 2006)

  • Deitz v. Deitz, 2008-WV-R0215.001, 659 S.E.2d 331 (2008)

  • Grose v. Grose, 2008-WV-1107.407, 671 S.E.2d 727 (2009)

  • In Re: Dandy, 224 W.Va. 105, 680 S.E.2d 120 (2009)

  • State ex rel WV DHHR v. Ruckman, 2009-WV-0209.823, 674 S.E.2d 229 (2009)

  • Skidmore v. Rogers, 229 W.Va. 13, 725 S.E.2d 182 (2011)

  • Paugh v. Linger, Certification No. 101410

  • Batt v. Batt, 062413 WVSC, 12-0289 (2013) (Memorandum Decision)

  • Whitlock v. Whitlock, 060713 WVSC, 12-0332 (2013) (Memorandum Decision)

  • Bobbie Jo R., et al. v. Traci W., 11-1753 (2013) (Memorandum Decision)

  • Bates v. Bates, 12-1540 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Morris v. Morris, 13-0742 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Johnstone v. Johnstone, 13-0928 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Pitrolo v. Pitrolo, 13-1309 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Carlisle v. Dowd, et al., 13-1077 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Garland v. Warren, 14-0429 (4/10/15)

  • Tallhamer v. Workman, 14-0701 (Memorandum Decision)

  • Robert W. v. Paulette W., 15-1010 (5/20/16)

 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

  • Post Divorce Relocation Rights of the Custodial Parent, Divorce Source,  (1997)

  • The Grandkids & Your Rights, ABA Family Advocate, Summer 2008

  • I’m Divorced, Now What?, ABA Family Advocate, Summer 2008 

  • Innovative Alcohol Monitoring: Soberlink’s Family Law Application, ABA Family Law Bulletin, Spring 2018

 

MEDIATION

 

  • Experience and service as a Family Court Mediator

 

CLERKSHIP

 

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable William M. Kidd, Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, Sutton, West Virginia, 1976

 

REFERENCES

 

Honorable Dwane L. Tinsley

P.O. Box 2546

Charleston, West Virginia 25329-2546

(304) 347-3279

 

Charles M. Love, III, Esquire

Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff & Love, LLP

P.O. Box 1386

Charleston, West Virginia 25325-1386

(304) 347-1104

 

R. Edison Hill, Esquire

Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC

500 Tracy Way

Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1261

(304) 345-5667

 

Mike Bee, Esquire

Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC

500 Tracy Way

Charleston, West Virginia 25311-1261

(304) 345-5667

 

Steven Thompson, Esquire

P.O. Box 129

Charleston, West Virginia 25321

(304) 342-7111

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