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About David

David Alexander Kirkpatrick is a native of Beckley, WV and is the son of Lula Belle (Harbison) Kirkpatrick and James Mason Kirkpatrick. His parents divorced when he was relatively young, and thus David and his siblings were raised by their mother as a single parent, who taught school by day and worked at a grocery store by night. Consequently, David and his siblings through their mother's example learned to appreciate both the value of an education and hard work.

David Alexander Kirkpatrick is a 1989 graduate of Beckley's Woodrow Wilson High School. While attending Woodrow Wilson High School, David earned a four (4) year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship. From there, David attended West Virginia State College and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Through solid academic performance and his extracurricular activities, David was blessed to receive the Thomas and Nancy Shepard Fellowship to attend Washington & Lee University's School of Law. The Thomas and Nancy Shepard Fellowship at Washington & Lee University School of Law is awarded to top law school students that are willing to commit to four years of practice in the criminal law. While at Washington & Lee University School of Law, David A. Kirkpatrick founded and edited the the Race & Ethnic Ancestry Law Digest (R.E.A.L. Digest) which was subsequently adopted by the Washington & Lee School of Law as a law journal.

David A. Kirkpatrick has been engaged in the practice of criminal law ever since. He clerked with the United States District Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia before his third year of law school. Upon graduating from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1996, David A. Kirkpatrick began his legal career with the litigation defense firm of Pullin, Knopf, Fowler & Flanagan concentrating in the areas of insurance defense, civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. David A. Kirkpatrick continued to work for Pullin, Knopf, Fowler & Flanagan until 1999, when he was then recruited to litigate insurance defense and criminal defense cases directly for Nationwide Insurance Company's trial division in southern West Virginia from 1999 until 2000. In 2001, David A. Kirkpatrick opened Kirkpatrick Law Office, PLLC to use his knowledge and experience to assert the claims and protect the rights of the private individual, and to help the ordinary everyday man or woman navigate their legal interest through our judicial system- be it a personal injury case, criminal case, or family law.

David A. Kirkpatrick is a veteran. As an Army R.O.T.C. scholarship recipient, he incurred a four (4) year commitment to serve our country in the United States Army Reserve. David A. Kirkpatrick met this four (4) year obligation to our country and continued to serve for a total of fourteen (14) years in the United States Army Reserves. He was the company commander for both the 492nd Replacement Company and the 554th Postal Company. He deployed to Iraq with the 554th Postal Company from December 2004 to December 2005 during the Iraq War. As commander of these two Army units, David A. Kirkpatrick has been assisting soldiers under his command with various family court issues that arose since 2001. The assistance he gave his soldiers under his command brought him to the practice of family law where David A. Kirkpatrick expanded his representation to the general public in the areas of divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, adoptions, and modification matters.

In summary, David Alexander Kirkpatrick is a well-rounded litigator in the areas of personal injury, family, criminal, employment and civil rights law through his experience and education. He is a veteran who has deployed to Iraq to fight this Nation's battles and he is fully equipped and eager to help you fight your battles. He is the attorney you want in your time of need.

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About Jim

Jim grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 45 minutes north of Cheat Lake, in the small town of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. He is the first one in his family to attend college and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 with a degree in Political Science while being named to the Dean's List for six consecutive semesters.

Jim went on to graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1997 while being named to the Dean's List for four consecutive terms, before going on to pass both the West Virginia and Pennsylvania Bar Exams.

Thereafter, Jim worked as hearing examiner for the West Virginia

Division of Motor Vehicles from 2000-2009, before becoming an assistant prosecuting attorney in Harrison County. Jim was then named Deputy Director of the West Virginia Office of Administrative Hearings in which capacity he served from 2011 to 2013. His experience in these roles has given him both significant experience and insight into DUI law.

Thereafter, Jim has served as an assistant public defender in the Fifth, Tenth, and Thirteenth Judicial Circuits, and also as a staff attorney with ChildLaw Services Inc.

During this time, and also as an assistant prosecuting attorney, Jim focused on juvenile law and abuse neglect matters thus serving in both prosecutorial and defense capacities, as well being appointed guardian ad litem. As a result, Jim has the broad experience and perspective to aggressively and successfully represent clients to achieve reunification of their families.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his three cats, classic cars, and music. Jim is also an avid collector of memorabilia from the band Social Distortion as he has always related to the band's lyrics regarding life's struggles and overcoming them.

In summary, Jim McClain is a well rounded attorney in criminal law, with extensive experience regarding Driving Under Influence cases, as well as abuse and neglect cases. Jim takes pride in getting to know his clients personally caring about each as an individual person, and is eager to help in a time of need.