(304) 523-2100 Huntington, WV

(304) 521-6120 Clarksburg, WV

The Honorable Evan H. Jenkins brings to Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC unparalleled experience gained from a long and distinguished career serving West Virginians as a state supreme court justice and legislator at the state and national levels. Evan’s governmental relations and appellate practice are enhanced by his strong skills in coalition-building, association management, and state and federal procurement. A lifelong West Virginian, Evan has centered his career around helping his state and its businesses and citizens.

 Evan’s focus on effective business management and leadership began as an undergraduate at University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration. He furthered those skills by completing coursework toward a master in business administration degree from Marshall University in Huntington, his hometown. After receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, he started his career as an associate at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, the firm his grandfather founded decades earlier.

Using the experience gained as an attorney serving West Virginia businesses and, later, as general counsel for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association, Evan turned to public service in the West Virginia Legislature. He was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1995 to 2000 and of the West Virginia Senate from 2003 to 2014. He was later elected to represent the citizens of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, he led or served on numerous subcommittees, advocating for West Virginia’s interests at the national level.

More recently, Evan was appointed and then elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, serving as its chief justice in 2021. During his four years as a jurist on the state’s highest court, he authored more than 70 signed majority opinions and was integral in paving the way for the establishment of the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals. Upon stepping down from the court in February 2022, Evan returned to his first professional home, Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, as of counsel.

Today, Evan works directly with West Virginia businesses and organizations. Whether their needs call for a state and federal government relations attorney or experience in appellate case review and strategy in West Virginia, Evan’s clients benefit from his wide-ranging firsthand experience in these areas. When clients need counsel knowledgeable in association management, state and federal procurement, and coalition-building in West Virginia, Evan’s broad network of personal connections paired with his ability to drill down to the core of a problem and develop tactical solutions are valuable assets.

Evan’s personal life is no less engaging. In addition to working beehives in his apiary, Evan is a marathon runner, licensed private pilot, and scuba diver. His approachable personality, sincere interest in the well-being of others, integrity, and eagerness to lend a helping hand make him an excellent friend, neighbor, and citizen.

With an illustrious service record in two branches of state government as well as in Congress, clients across all industries and of all sizes find a unique resource and an advisor, strategist, and advocate in attorney Evan H. Jenkins.

Education/Admission: 

J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University 1987

Coursework toward an M.B.A., Marshall University, 1984

B.S., University of Florida, 1983

Bar Admissions:

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1988 to Present

United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1988 to Present

Professional Community Activities:

Founder and Former Board President, Lily’s Place

Former President and Board Member, Leadership West Virginia

Former President and Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State

Former President and Board Member, Foster Foundation

Former President and Board Member, Operation B.E.S.T. (Business and Education Succeeding Together)

Former Board Member, American Red Cross Western West Virginia Chapter

Former Board Member, Foundation for the Tri-State Community

Former Board Member, Valley Health

Former Board Member, Boy Scouts of AmericaBuckskin Council

Recognitions and Awards:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018 Recognition, 2018

International Food Service Distributors Association Thomas Jefferson Award, 2018

Key to the City of Logan Presentation by Mayor Serafino Nolletti, 2018

National Healthy Start Association Distinguished Legislative Award, 2017

Health IT Now Pioneer Award, 2017

Certificate of Appreciation, West Virginia State Council, Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association, 2017

The American Legion Mountaineer Boy’s State Certificate of Appreciation, 2017

Healthcare Leadership Council Champion of Healthcare Innovation Recognition, 2016

Mingo County Fire School 2016 Recognition for Support to Emergency Services, 2016

International Foodservice Distributors Association 2016 Thomas Jefferson Award, 2016

Coalition for Medicare Choices 2016 Medicare Advantage Champion Recognition, 2016

West Virginia State Medical Association Friend of Medicine, 2015

National Retail Federation 2015 Hero of Main Street, 2015

Civil Air Patrol Certification as Congressional Member, 2015

Coalition for Medicare Choices 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion Recognition, 2015

Key to the City of Huntington, WV, Presentation by Mayor Steve Williams, 2013

West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company 2013 Robert L Ghiz, MD Award, 2013

Certificate of Appreciation, Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia, 2009

Dedication and Support Recognition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington, 2009

Certificate of Appreciation, AARP West Virginia Driver Safety Program, 2007

Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award, American Medical Association, 2006

West Virginia American Trauma Society Legislator of the Year, 2006

Certificate of Appreciation, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Huntington VA Medical Center, National Salute, 2006

Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service, Tri-State Fire Academy, 2005

Certificate of Appreciation, Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department, 2005

Certificate of Appreciation, Kiwanis Club of Huntington, 2004

Honorary Co-Chair, Prestera Foundation Third Annual Huntington Grand Ol’ Auction, 2004

Certificate of Appreciation, Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department, 2004

Appreciation Award, West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, 2003

Certificate of Appreciation, Kiwanis Club of Huntington, 2002

Certificate of Appreciation, American Red Cross, Western West Virginia Chapter, 2002

Certificate of Appreciation, West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Program, 2001

Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation, Cecil H. Underwood, Family Violence Council of West Virginia, 1999

Recognition Resolution, Regional Education Service Agency Region 2 Board of Directors, 1999

Appreciation Award, West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, 1999

Outstanding Leadership and Continuing Support Award, Marshall University Forensic Science Program, 1998

Certificate of Recognition, Perfect Voting Record, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1998

Certificate of Appreciation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, 1997

Joyce Chaffin Memorial Award for Outstanding Dedication in the Fields of Speech Language and Hearing, Quota International of Huntington, 1997

Certificate of Appreciation, Friend of Leadership West Virginia Award, 1997

Certificate of Recognition, Perfect Voting Record, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1997

Certificate of Appreciation, Cabell County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 1997

Certificate of Recognition, 1996 National Honor Roll, Project Vote Smart’s National Political Awareness Test

Certificate of Appreciation, WV Office of Emergency Services Federal Emergency Management Agency, Floods of 1996

Honor Roll and Certificate of Appreciation, Coalition for West Virginia’s Children, 1996

Appreciation Award, West Virginia Troopers Association, 1996

Outstanding Service Proclamation, Mayor of Barboursville, 1996

Recognition of Outstanding Efforts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, 1994

Certificate of Achievement, Leadership West Virginia, 1993

Certificate of Appreciation, American Red Cross, Service Following Hurricane Andrew, 1992

Tri-Captain Recruitment Challenge, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, 1991

Outstanding Young Huntingtonian Award, Huntington Jaycees

“Most Wanted to Thank” Recognition, West Virginia Troopers Association

Certificate of Recognition, West Virginians for Safe Roads and Bridges

Honorary Co-Chair, School Based Recycling Program, Goodwill Industries of Huntington

Certificate of Recognition, Old Central City Association

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 Recognition for Support and Dedication

US Chamber of Commerce 114th Congress Spirit of Enterprise Award

National Association of Home Builders Defender of Housing Recognition 115th Congress

NFIB Guardian of Small Business Recognition 114th Congress

National Association of Community Health Centers Distinguished Community Health Defender Award

Past Employment:

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 2021

Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 2018 to 2022

Congressman, United States House of Representatives, West Virginia 3rd Congressional District, 2015 to 2018

Committee on Appropriations, Member

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Subcommittee Vice-Chair

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Member

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Member

Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Member

Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Member

Senator, West Virginia Senate, 2003 to 2014

Delegate, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1995 to 2000

Executive Director, West Virginia State Medical Association, 1999 to 2014

Founder, West Virginia Medical Foundation, 2002

Founder and Licensed Insurance Agent, West Virginia Medical Insurance Agency

General Counsel, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 1992 to 1999

Associate, Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, 1987 to 1992

Instructor, Marshall University, 1990

Practice Areas

  • State and Federal Government Relations
  • Appellate Advocacy