Morgantown, WV
7000 Hampton Center
Morgantown, WV 26505
T: (304) 285-2510
F: (304) 599-1308

Practice Areas

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1966)

B.S., West Virginia University (1962)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Robert W. Dinsmore


Robert W. Dinsmore has nearly 50 years of legal experience in the areas of mineral law, real estate and commercial law. He has represented coal companies and provided counsel in the acquisition and sale of coal reserves, coal holdings and the removal of cemeteries.

Bob has represented government entities in the creation and operation of sewer and water utilities. He has also been involved in county planning and subdivision creation.

The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® named him “Lawyer of the Year” for Natural Resources Law in the northern region of West Virginia. He also was recognized for his work in real estate law.

Bob is a member of the American Bar Association and the West Virginia Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Governors. The American Bar Foundation nominated him as a Fellow in 2013.  He also is the past president of the Monongalia County Bar Association.

As a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four terms, Bob served as chairman of the conference committee that created West Virginia’s first pneumoconiosis law, recodification of municipal code and West Virginia Controlled Substance Act. During his first year in the West Virginia Legislature, he was chosen as “Rookie of the Year.”

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Natural Resources Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America ® as 2015 Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year for the northern West Virginia region
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation (2013)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Monongalia County Bar Association (Member, Past President)
  • Independent Oil and Gas Association West Virginia
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Monongalia County Schools Foundation, Inc. (Board Member)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, Inc. (Former Board Member and President)
  • West Virginia Botanic Garden (Former Board Member)
  • Morgantown High School Athletic Boosters (Former Board Member)