DiTrapano Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC
I. Barrett is Of Counsel to the firm of DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero
McGinley & Simmons, PLLC, in Charleston, W.Va. Previously, he was a
founding Member of DiTrapano Barrett & DiPiero, PLLC and also was a Member of DiTrapano & Jackson, having joined that firm in 1981. He
was law clerk to the Hon. K.K. Hall, United States Circuit Judge for the
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1979 to 1980, and also
served briefly thereafter as a litigation coordinator for West Virginia
Legal Services Plan, Inc.
Before joining DiTrapano & Jackson,
Josh received his Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University College of Law
where he was a member of Order of the Coif, Research Editor of the West
Virginia Law Review, and Recipient of West Virginia Law Review Literary
Award. His undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan University,
Josh is admitted to practice in the West Virginia
Supreme Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the
Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the United States
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the
United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association,
ABA Section of Litigation, ABA Section of Business Law, the American
Association for Justice, Kanawha County Bar Association, and the W. Va.
State Bar; he also has served on the West Virginia State Bar Board of
Governors. He has lectured in continuing legal education seminars on
Josh's practice has covered a wide span of issues over more than
thirty years of practice. He has handled, and continues to handle
practically every type of personal injury litigation from industrial
injuries and fatalities to medical malpractice and products liability.
He has obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of injured miners and
the families of those killed in mining fatalities. He has successfully
represented landowners whose properties have been damaged by improper
mining activities and represented prominent environmental groups in
protecting valuable natural resources and endangered species.
Josh also has extensive experience in complex and commercial
litigation in both state and federal courts and commercial arbitrations.
His knowledge of the coal industry and its practices has been put to
use in a variety of commercial claims involving mining contracts and
relationships. In addition to handling contract disputes, he has served
as trial and appellate counsel in major cases involving claims of fraud,
negligent misrepresentation, and tortious interference. His commercial
litigation experience includes claims against lenders and accounting
firms, securities litigation, shareholder disputes and officer and
director liability, litigation over pharmaceutical business practices,
and disputes involving coal, oil and gas. He has represented plaintiffs
in class actions and complex litigation under the state and federal
antitrust law, securities laws, consumer law, and state common law
claims, and has represented the State of West Virginia in a variety of
Mr. Barrett was named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Charleston, WV Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year".