Sarah A. Walling

Sarah A. Walling

Member
Location:
Huntington, West Virginia
Phone:
304-521-4571
866-617-4736
Fax:
304-523-2347
Email:

Sarah Walling joined Jenkins Fenstermaker in June 2010.  Sarah focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation, insurance coverage and defense, and construction claims.  She represents insurance companies and their insureds, employers, and corporations throughout West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.  Sarah has won summary judgment numerous times on complex insurance coverage issues and claims against public entities and elected officials in both state and federal courts.  She has also defended cases at all stages of the litigation process and participated in mediation to obtain favorable, cost-effective results for her clients.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, Sarah worked at Gracy Title Company, a Stewart Title Company affiliate located in Austin, Texas, where she assisted with the real estate closing process and issuance of title insurance for both residential and commercial properties in a rapidly expanding market.  Sarah uses the knowledge and experience she gained with Gracy Title to clear title defects, defend against insurance claims, and solve legal issues that arise during eminent domain proceedings.

As a resident of Huntington, West Virginia, Sarah is active in many civic organizations.  She is a Past President of the Cabell County Bar Association and the Junior League of Huntington.  Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House and TEAM for West Virginia Children.  She is the Vice-Chair of the Insurance Subcommittee of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and is on the Steering Committee for the Defense Research Institute's Product Liability Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor and Employment
  • Construction Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers Rising Star, General litigation, 2014
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star, Insurance Coverage, 2015-2018
  • Generation Next: 40 Under 40, 2013
  • Generation Huntington Award, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 2010
  • Kentucky, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2014
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2011
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM), West Virginia Chapter Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Product Liability Steering Committee member, Strictly Speaking Newsletter Chair
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Insurance Committee member
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTCWV), Vice-Chair, Insurance Subcommittee
  • Cabell County Bar Association, President, 2015

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Law Review: Kentucky Law Journal, Staff Member, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: Government

Published Works

  • Second Time Around: Rehearing of Wyeth, Inc., et al. v. Weeks Affirms Brand-Name Manufacturers’ Liability for Injuries Allegedly Caused by Generic Drugs, November 2014 edition of Strictly Speaking: The Newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee (electronic publication)
  • Breaking the Seal: Company Doe v. Public Citizen, August 2014 edition of Strictly Speaking: The Newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee (electronic publication)
  • Litigating the Insurance Coverage Claim: Homeowners Insurance, National Business Institute seminar, January, 2014
  • Reducing Recovery: Avoiding Subrogation Claims and Invoking Immunity Under the West Virginia Governmental Tort Claims and Insurance Reform Act, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2012 Notebook of Articles

Past Employment Positions

  • Boehl, Stopher & Graves, Louisville, KY, Summer Associate, 2009
  • Office of the United States Trustee in Lexington, KY, Intern, 2008
  • Gracy Title Company, Austin, TX, Escrow Assistant/Title Examiner, 2000 - 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Junior League of Huntington, President, 2016-2017
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • TEAM for West Virginia Children, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Dress for Success River Cities, Board of Directors, 2011-2016
  • Huntington Museum of Art, Open Door Membership Campaign, 2011-2014, Museum Ball Committee, 2011-2014, Next Generation Advisory Council, 2012-2016
  • United Way of the River Cities Ambassador, 2010-2011
  • Huntington Chamber of Commerce, Generation Huntington Committee, 2010-present
  • Texas Exes Alumni Group, West Virginia Network Leader, 2010-2014