Jack C. Dolance

Jack C. Dolance

Wayne, West Virginia

After graduating from Wayne High School, I earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee.

From there, I went on to the WVU College of Law, where I earned the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. During law school, I was fortunate enough to work as a judicial law clerk at the West Virginia Supreme Court, and also worked for a first-rate civil defense firm in Huntington. Both experiences were essential to my legal education. Not just in terms of learning the law itself, but also learning what kind of a lawyer — and person — I wanted to be.

After graduating from law school, I spent two years as a law clerk for a hard-working and esteemed trial judge, the Honorable David M. Pancake, in Huntington. These two years were critical. Spending every day in the courtroom, and discussing and analyzing cases with one of the brightest legal minds in our state, I was able to learn how our West Virginia court system works. And, more importantly, I learned how to treat people with dignity and respect, regardless of circumstances, and regardless of their social status, education, or background.

I decided to open my own law practice in Wayne for three main reasons. First, Wayne is my hometown. I can remember being a child, roaming and climbing around the courthouse where my grandmother worked. Second, family. I consider myself very blessed to have the chance to have loved ones nearby, like my grandmother, who inspires me daily. Third, the people. This place has a quiet, welcoming attitude that is rarely seen anywhere. There are so many hard-working and decent people in our community. I've heard Wayne described as "Mayberry-ish," and I think that's accurate. It’s also a compliment. People here look out for each other, and genuinely care. And that's something we should all be proud of.

Feel free to drop by my office any time you're in Wayne.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Honors: CALI Excellence Awards (highest grade) for Appellate Advocacy & the WVU Immigration Law Clinic, Lewis A. Staker Scholarship, Anne McGuire Farrell Memorial Scholarship
    • Honors: Provided pro bono legal services to indigent immigrants throughout West Virginia
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity of Knoxville
    • Honors: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
    • Honors: Participant, Golden Gloves Charity Boxing Tournament
    • Honors: Volunteer, Tennessee English Language Institute

Published Works

  • University of Virginia Journal of International Law, "U.S. Asylum Law as a Path to Religious Persecution," 53 Virginia Journal of International Law 467 (2013).

Honors and Awards

  • • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in West Virginia, National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in West Virginia, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2016
  • • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • • Excellence for the Future Award - Appellate Advocacy, CALI, 2012
  • • Anne McGuire Farrell Memorial Scholarship, The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., 2011
  • • Excellence for the Future Award - WVU Immigration Law Clinic, CALI, 2011
  • • Lewis A. Staker Scholarship, Cabell County Bar Association, 2011
  • • Lewis A. Staker Scholarship, Cabell County Bar Association, 2010
  • • Anne McGuire Farrell Memorial Scholarship, The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., 2010
  • • Lewis A. Staker Scholarship, Cabell County Bar Association, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • West Virginia State Bar, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Clerk, Hon. David M. Pancake, Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit (Huntington, WV)
  • Summer Associate, Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC (Huntington, WV)
  • Summer Law Clerk, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (Charleston, WV)

Ancillary Businesses

  • Co-Founder & Vice President, The Coach Jarrell Memorial Scholarship