J. Michael Ranson2018-06-29T15:39:11+00:00

 Super Bowls and National Championships won as Head Coach of Kanawha City Youth Football team

30+   Number of Indianapolis Colts Games attended

50+    Golf courses played in the United States

J. Michael Ranson is the founder of Ranson Law Offices. Mr. Ranson is one of West Virginia’s most highly-regarded employment discrimination attorneys. Mr. Ranson has successfully represented West Virginians who have suffered on-the-job discrimination for more than 35 years. His practice includes representing employees who have experienced age, sex, or race discrimination. Mr. Ranson also specializes in serious personal injury law, defective product law, and workplace injury law. His practice is solely dedicated to representing those persons who have suffered injury or damages at the hands of or by the negligent acts of others. Mr. Ranson has repeatedly recovered significant damages for individuals injured by a defective product. His expertise in this field, coupled with his reputation in the West Virginia legal community, has earned him the respect of his peers and the judiciary. Mr. Ranson is a long standing member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.


  • J.D., West Virginia University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., cum laude, West Virginia University, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1987
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Barristers, WVU
  • Marlyn E. Lugar Outstanding Oralist, WVU

CityNet, LLC v. Ray Toney, 772 S.E.2d 36 (W.Va. 2015)

Adkins v. Am. Mine Research, Inc., 765 S.E.2d 217(W.Va. (2014)

Michael v. Appalachian Heating, LLC, 701 S.E.2d 16 (W.Va. 2010)

Smoot v. American Electric Power, 671 S.E.2d 740 (W.Va. 2008)

Brown & Root, Inc. v. Breckenridge, 211 F.3d 194 (4th Cir. 2000)

State Ex. Rel Means v. King, 520 S.E.2d 875 (W.Va. 1999)

Paxton v. Municipal Mut. Ins. Co., 503 S.E.2d 537 (W.Va. 1998)

Harris v. Martin, 513 S.E.2d 170 (W.Va. 1998)

Adkins v. Meador, 494 S.E.2d 915 (W.Va. 1997)

Burdette v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., 480 S.E.2d 565 (W.Va. 1996)

Morton v. Amos-Lee Securities, Inc., 466 W.E.2d 542 (W.Va. 1995)

Hodges Realty Col, Inc. v. John Smiley’s Motel, Inc. 395 S.E.2d 751 (W.Va. 1990)

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)