If you’re looking for a seasoned defense litigator, look no further than Sarah A. Walling at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC. Sarah’s capable and confident style has achieved impressive results. Whether you’re looking for a general litigation attorney in West Virginia or a vetted pro on insurance law in West Virginia and Kentucky, Sarah fits the bill.
Sarah brings to her practice the attention to detail that gave her success as an examiner for Stewart Title in Austin, Texas. After working several years in the real estate industry, she attended law school in her home state at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Upon graduation, she joined Jenkins Fenstermaker and is a key player on their litigation team.
Today, a significant part of Sarah’s time is working as an insurance coverage and defense attorney, but she also represents clients in construction litigation, public sector liability, real estate litigation, and general litigation. She is a formidable trial attorney in both state and federal court
Sarah has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2014. She was also recognized by the West Virginia State Journal in the 2013 class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40 and received the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Generation Huntington Award in 2011.
Sharing her skills and dedication outside the office, Sarah gives back to the community by serving on several philanthropic and community boards. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tristate and TEAM for West Virginia Children. She previously served on the Board of Directors Dress for Success River Cities, participated in the Loaned Executive Program for the United Way of the River Cities, and volunteered on several committees at the Huntington Museum of Art. Sarah is a past president of both the Cabell County Bar Association and the Junior League of Huntington.
If you were to look for Sarah away from the office or one of her community organization commitments, you might find her fishing the New River Gorge. An avid outdoorsperson, Sarah enjoys fishing for bass and trout as well as hiking and camping.
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2010
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2000
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
Professional and Community Activities:
American Bar Association, 2010 to Present
The West Virginia State Bar, Member, 2010 to Present
Cabell County Bar Association, President, 2016
Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2011 to Present
Claims and Litigation Management (CLM), West Virginia Chapter Member
Member, 2010 to Present
Product Liability Steering Committee
Strictly Speaking Newsletter Chair
Insurance Committee Member
Member, 2010 to Present
Insurance Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Dress for Success River Cities, Board of Directors
Member, 2011 to 2017
Executive Secretary, 2011 to 2016
Next Generation Advisory Council, 2011to 2017
Open Door Membership Committee, 2010 to 2014
Museum Ball Committee, 2011 to 2014
Junior League of Huntington, President, 2016 to 2017
Texas Exes Alumni Group, West Virginia Network Leader, 2010 to 2014
Huntington Chamber of Commerce Generation Huntington Committee, 2010 to Present
Second Time Around: Rehearing of Wyeth, Inc. et al. v. Weeks Affirms Brand-Name Manufacturers’ Liability for Injuries Allegedly Caused by Generic Drugs, Strictly Speaking: The Newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee, November 2014
Breaking the Seal: Company Doe v. Public Citizen, Strictly Speaking: The Newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee, August 2014
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
Recognitions and Awards:
Generation Next: 40 Under 40, West Virginia State Journal, May 2013
Generation Huntington Award, Huntington Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee, January 2011
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014 - 2020
Summer Associate, Boehl, Stopher & Graves, 2009
Examiner, Stewart Title, 2000 to 2007