Barbara J. Keefer

Barbara J. Keefer

Of Counsel
Hurricane, West Virginia

Barbara J. Keefer was born in South Charleston, West Virginia. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia and her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1980. She began her legal career at Masters & Taylor, L.C., a plaintiff's firm located in Charleston, West Virginia. She has represented defendants, insurance companies and agents with three other defense firms in Charleston, West Virginia - Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP, MacCorkle, Lavender & Sweeney, PLLC and Schuda & Associates, PLLC. In 2014 she joined Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC. Previously she was employed in-house for USF&G Insurance as the Managing Attorney of its Trial Division and also at Nationwide Insurance Company as a Claims Manager, Claims Legal Counsel and Managing Claims Counsel. Ms. Keefer's practice areas include coverage; extra-contractual matters; unfair trade practice claims; agent errors and omissions; administrative law before the West Virginia Insurance Commission as well as regular defense work in personal injury, construction, trucking cases, deliberate intent, products liability, and premises liability. Ms. Keefer is Peer Review rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. She is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and a trained mediator. Ms. Keefer was named a Super Lawyer in West Virginia for 2009-2010 and 2014–2017 in Insurance Coverage. She has served as an adjunct professor at Marshall University, College of Business located in Huntington, West Virginia where she taught classes in Insurance.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Insurance Law, Coverage, Administrative, Extra Contractual
  • 40% Defense, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Trucking

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Super Lawyers - Insurance, 2009-2010, 2014-2017
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, 1980 - Present
  • State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution, Committee Member
  • Intercompany Arbitration Panel
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society, Member, 1999 - Present
  • Claims Interest Group, Member


  • Speaker, Insurance Law Seminar, West Virginia University College of Law, 2008 – 2010 and 2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Principles of Insurance, Marshall University College of Business


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Top one-third of class
    • Honors: Women's Law Caucus; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
    • Honors: Law School Recruitment Committee
  • Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1977
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Schuda & Associates, PLLC, Member, 2010 - 2014
  • MacCorkle, Lavender & Sweeney, PLLC, Member, 2001 - 2010
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, 1994 - 2001
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, Claims Manager, 1994 - 1998
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, Managing Claims Counsel, 1998 - 1999
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, Claims Legal Counsel III, 2000 - 2001
  • United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, Managing Attorney, 1991 - 1994
  • Goodwin & Goodwin, Associate Attorney, 1987 - 1991
  • Masters & Taylor, Associate Attorney, 1980 - 1987