Henry C. Bowen

Henry C. Bowen

Of Counsel
Hurricane, West Virginia

Henry C. Bowen is Of Counsel with Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC and practices in its Hurricane office where he focuses primarily in the areas of workers' compensation, federal black lung and governmental affairs. Henry has been recognized in West Virginia's workers' compensation law by the publication, The Best Lawyers in America and has over thirty-seven years of experience representing employers in all aspects of workers' compensation claims
defense and regularly appears at the Office of Judges, Board of Review, and the Supreme Court of Appeals. He has also an extensive background in defending coal operators and contractors in federal black lung claims before the U.S. Department of Labor, Benefits Review Board, and U.S, Courts of Appeals, Finally, Mr. Bowen has experience defending employers and insurance carriers in Kentucky' Workers' Compensation claims.

Henry has served the West Virginia Self-Insurers Association as its Executive Secretary since 1988. He represents WVSIA before the Offices of the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner and its Industrial Council.

He is past chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Workers' Compensation Committee, the West Virginia Business and Industry Counsel's Insurance and 'Workers' Compensation Committee and West Virginia's State Bar's 'Workers' Compensation Committee. Henry currently serves on the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Government Relations Committee and he is an active voice for employers within the workers' compensation arena and a frequent lecturer at Workers' Compensation Seminars. Having received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. degree from West Virginia University, he is a member of the West Virginia and Kentucky State Bars and a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

Areas of Practice

  • 95% Workers' Compensation and Federal Black Lung Defense
  • 5% Government Relations

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers WV workers' Compensation Defense, 2006 - 2016
  • Super Lawyers WV Workers' Compensation Defense, 2010 - 2011

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1972
  • Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1979

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • WV Bar Association
  • KY Bar Association


  • WV Workers Compensation Seminars, WV Bar, NBI, SES, 1986 - 2016


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. - 1972
    • Law Review: West Virginia University Law Review, Member, 1970 - 1972
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: History

Past Employment Positions

  • Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Member, 1999 - 2012
  • Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown & Poe, PLLC, Member, 2012 - 2016


  • Phi Delta Phi

Representative Clients

  • American Electric Power
  • Alliance Coal LLP
  • HealthSmart Casualty Claims Solutions
  • AIG


  • L.A. Hudson. AEP Integrated Disability Manager
  • Tracy Crawford, Benefits Manager, Alliance Qoal


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