Kahle Law Office

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Our Experienced Trial Attorneys Focus On Results

Confronting And Prevailing In Business Litigation With Reliable Legal Counsel

Business and commercial litigation are fundamental practice areas of our law firm, Kahle Law. Our skillful, experienced business law attorneys have long histories and a solid reputation encompassing all aspects of business and commerce. They have experience handling disputes over startups, contract disputes, settlement negotiations and representation at trials in state and federal courts throughout northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

Our business litigation clients span many industries and practice areas. Our background and depth of experience enable us to evaluate the facts of a case efficiently and recommend promising strategies tailored to our clients’ best interests.

Types Of Litigation And Our Philosophy

Business litigation represents problems that demand sensible, timely resolutions. Business owners often experience stress and lose time and focus under the threat of losses associated with contracts, relationships and regulatory violations. Contact us to request a consultation regarding any dispute that your business is now facing, such as the following:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Issues concerning noncompete agreements
  • Allegations of false advertising, libel or unfair competition
  • Gas and oil disputes
  • Allegations of regulatory violations

Our trial lawyers represent both plaintiffs and defendants in West Virginia and  Ohio. We recognize that winning a case may not really be a ‘win’ if the litigation costs are too high. Therefore, we often steer our clients in the direction of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as negotiations, mediation or arbitration. However, if a case must go to trial, we work hard to advocate staunchly and cost-effectively for the client.

Request A Business Litigation Case Review

Your business’s bottom line, reputation and future prospects are all important filters by which to view a given set of facts. To understand the big picture and design an effective strategy, consult with one of our litigators. Both of our lawyers have over 30 years of experience in law.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Karen Kahle

Karen’s primary practice is civil litigation, including general commercial, product liability, and natural gas industry issues. She also undertakes general contract consulting and drafting, and she consults on LGBTQ+ legal rights. Karen works part-time as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ohio County, WV, handling primarily driving and Controlled Substances act felonies.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, and a Juris Doctorate from the WVU College of Law.

Karen is devoted to service work, serving on many non-profit boards of directors over the years. Most important to her is the work she has done to assist her impaired colleagues in the State of West Virginia. She was the driving force behind the Supreme Court’s enactment of the West Virginia Rules of Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program and has served on its Board of Directors’ Executive Committee since its inception in 2012. Because of this work, in July 2018, Karen was honored to receive the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors’ 2018 Achievement Award.
Karen has also been involved on a national level through the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Karen has been elected by her peers to Best Lawyers in America annually since 2010, in the categories of commercial litigation, product liability litigation-defendants, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants and personal injury litigation-defendants.

In 2021, Karen was welcomed as a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. The Bar Foundation is the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and annually selects for Fellowship those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.

Karen serves on the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, chaired by Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker.

Karen is a pro bono network member for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Karen and her two children reside in Wheeling, West Virginia.


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • Juris Doctorate
  • West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Tennant v. Marion Health Care Foundation, Inc., 194 W.Va. 97, 459 S.E.2d 374 (1995)
  • Carbasho v. Musulin, 217 W. Va. 359, 618 S.E.2d 368 (2005)
  • Smith v. Chestnut Ridge Storage, LLC, 855 S.E.2d 332 (2021), WV Supreme Court
  • Smith v. Chestnut Ridge Storage, LLC, No. 14-0136 (2014)
  • McMahon v. Advance Stores Co. Inc., 227 W. Va. 21, 705 S.E. 2d 131 (2010)

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial/Business Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Rights
  • Personal Injury

Past Positions

  • Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, 1990 to 2018