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  • Brent P. Copenhaver Attorney
  • Phone: 304-212-2013

    Fax: 304-554-2401

Brent P. Copenhaver, a native of Charleston, West Virginia and a 1987 graduate of the WVU College of Law, has over 25 years of litigation and trial experience in defending physicians, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes in medical malpractice and health care negligence claims and lawsuits in West Virginia and Ohio, with extensive first chair trial experience.

Additionally, Brent served as Deputy General Counsel for Health Sciences for West Virginia University from 2014 to 2018, during which he worked directly and closely with the University’s senior leadership at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and provided a wide range of legal services to meet the needs of the five schools that comprise the WVU Health Sciences Center in a wide range of practice areas, including: medical malpractice litigation management; risk management and credentialing issues; peer review issues; healthcare compliance and regulation matters; human resource and employment issues; conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment; contractual issues; educational seminars to faculty, residents and medical students; involvement with Title IX investigations of retaliation, hostile work environment and discrimination claims; all matters involving the WVU Office of Graduate Medical Education; and employment, academic and professionalism issues involving faculty, residents and students of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and School of Public Health. Additional information about Brent’s experience and the nature of his practice is available upon request.

For several years, Brent has held an “AV Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell’s highly regarded system that periodically solicits anonymous surveys from fellow members of the bar and judicial officials.

Admission Details

  • West Virginia, 1987
  • Ohio, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1987

Law School Attended

  • West Virginia University College of Law, Class of 1987, J.D.
  • West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, Class of 1987, M.B.A.

University Attended

  • Denison University, Class of 1983, B.A.

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Areas of Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Independent Contractor
  • Leases
  • Purchase Agreements (business)
  • Employment Litigation
  • General Insurance Defense
  • Hospital (advice to administration)
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Licensing Board Defense
  • Dental
  • Medical and Osteopathic
  • Nursing
  • Mediation
  • Medical/Hospital Risk Management Seminars
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Pro Bono (for non-profits)
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Legal
  • Medical
  • Nursing/Hospital
  • Nursing Home
  • State and Municipal Litigation