Kahle Law Office

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Our Experienced Trial Attorneys Focus On Results

Serious Injuries Require Serious Representation And Compensation

A motorcycle or truck accident can change your life’s course in an instant. If you or a close family member has suffered serious or catastrophic injuries in a vehicular crash of any kind, you are doing the right thing by looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer to guide you in your quest for resolution.

Initial consultations are free for potential clients of Kahle Law who have been injured in accidents. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to get to work now in order to:

  • Assess and monitor your medical condition
  • Uncover the details behind the accident

The sooner an investigation begins, the better position we are in to gather necessary evidence in a timely manner before memories go stale and critical documents are misplaced.

Types Of Personal Injury Cases That We Handle

We are available to evaluate your case right away if you were seriously hurt or your loved one died in an accident, such as one of the following:

  • A car, truck or motorcycle accident
  • A bite from a dog or other pet
  • A bicycle or pedestrian accident
  • A crash or any accident involving a commercial vehicle
  • An accident at an oil or gas drilling site
  • A boating or barge accident on the Ohio River or elsewhere
  • A serious slip-and-fall
  • An explosion or fire causing burn injuries

When we represent you after a serious injury, you can count on us to communicate with updates about your case. We will work closely with you in pursuit of the compensation that you need.

Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Representation From Local Attorneys Who Care

On occasion, injured people in and around the Upper Ohio Valley believe they should contact a lawyer in a bigger city, such as Pittsburgh. However, our clients find it advantageous to work with experienced, local trial lawyers who have made their homes in the Wheeling area for decades. With our personalized approach, we have helped people recover significant compensation for their own injuries or the deaths of loved ones.

To schedule a free initial consultation, call 304.232.2970 or send an email inquiry.

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