Martinsburg, WV
101 S. Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
T: (304) 264-4222
F: (304) 267-3822

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1975)

  • Lead Articles Editor, The West Virginia Law Review

B.A., University of Virginia (1972)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Charles F. Printz, Jr.


Charles F. "Chazz" Printz, Jr. focuses his practice on civil litigation, and over his career of more than 35 years, he has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict and argued more than 40 appeals before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals. 

His practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, including business litigation, commercial disputes, financial services, employer liability, employment law, condemnation, wrongful death/personal injury and Title IX investigation and litigation.

Chazz previously served as president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia from 2014-2015, and currently serves on the association’s Employment Law and Business Law Committees. He was a member of the Board of Governors from 2005 to 2016. In 2015, he was awarded the Defense Trial Counsel's Exceptional Performance Citation.

Chazz is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and serves on the Law and Medicine Committee of the West Virginia State Bar. He also is a member of the Defense Research Institute and its Commercial Litigation Committee, as well as the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Bowles Rice Executive Committee
  • Former Leader, Bowles Rice Business Litigation Practice Group
  • Permanent Member, U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • American Bar Association Fellow (2014)
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow (2008)
  • Former Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court

Published in:

  • State ex rel. City of Martinsburg v. Sanders, 219 W.Va. 228, 632 S.E.2d 914, 2006 WL 1806135, W.Va., June 29, 2006 (No. 32868.) (political subdivision has immunity against awards of medical monitoring damages based on common law tort theories)

  • Desmond v. PNGI, 630 F.3d 351 (4th Cir. 2011) (unpaid 50% overtime premium held to apply to racing officials in mistaken exemption classification case)

  • Wilson v. Wilson, 227 W.Va. 157, 706 S.E.2d 354, 35475 (W. Va. 2010) (real estate company owned by husband and wife had personal goodwill not subject to equitable distribution; testimony of expert witnesses is not exclusive; profits of a business that are based upon future contingencies or obligations are subject to equitable distribution upon dissolution of a marriage, but only that portion of the profits for work done during the marriage)

  • Proctor v. 7-Eleven, 180 Fed.Appx. 453, 2006 WL 1373177, C.A.4 (W.Va.), May 18, 2006 (No.05-1598) (CA-02-21-3) (property owners may not receive temporary diminution of value damages for real estate where restoration from underground contamination at the defendant’s cost will restore value)

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Construction and  Litigation - Labor and Employment)
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year in the northern West Virginia region
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year in the northern West Virginia region
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year in the northern West Virginia region
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed among “Leaders in the Field” in Litigation:  General Commercial by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2008-2010)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Former President; Board of Governors member since 2005)
  • Defense Research Institute (Commercial Litigation Section)
  • West Virginia State Bar (Law and Medicine Committee)
  • Eastern Panhandle Bar Association
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Eastern Panhandle Bar Association (Past President)
  • United Way of the Eastern Panhandle (Personnel Committee)
  • Burke Street School (Read Aloud Coordinator)
  • Shenandoah Valley Medical Systems, Inc. (Board of Directors Member)