James A. Dodrill
West Virginia Insurance Commissioner
James A. Dodrill was appointed Insurance Commissioner by Governor Jim Justice and assumed the office on March 4, 2019. Commissioner Dodrill is responsible for the overall regulation of the West Virginia insurance market as well as protection of the State’s insurance consumers. He oversees the mission of the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner in promoting a healthy, competitive and solvent insurance market with ample consumer protections as well as consistent administration of the insurance laws and regulations of West Virginia.
Commissioner Dodrill is a 1982 graduate with honors (Summa Cum Laude) of Marshall University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1985, where his class ranking was 18th out of 119 graduates.
From May, 1985 until late 1999, Commissioner Dodrill was in private practice in West Virginia, during which time he also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney, municipal attorney for three West Virginia municipalities and tried, as first-chair trial counsel, dozens of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and civil cases (personal injury, wrongful death, governmental liability, civil service, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, and others) in the state and federal courts of West Virginia. Commissioner Dodrill also participated in numerous appellate matters in multiple state and federal appellate courts that resulted in eight published appellate decisions.
From 1999 to 2019, Commissioner Dodrill was Corporate Claims Counsel for The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, responsible for corporate claims litigation and risk management as well as supervision of high exposure/special complexity insurance-related legal matters involving conflicts of law, multi state/multi party claims, appellate actions, and bad faith/extra-contractual institutional litigation nationally, as well as government relations and legislative affairs. He served for six years as Chairman of the West Virginia Insurance Federation, has testified before the Council of the District of Columbia on insurance matters, and has worked on insurance regulatory and legislative matters not only in West Virginia, but also in South Carolina, Maryland and other states. He also authored training materials, conducted numerous insurance claims and litigation management courses, and was an approved property and liability insurance instructor. Commissioner Dodrill is admitted to the practice of law before the United States Supreme Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits, the U. S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the Southern District of Ohio, and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Commissioner Dodrill is also a veteran and served in the first Gulf War in 1991. After 21 years of service in the U. S. Air Force and Air National Guard, he retired in 1998 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Along with his additional service in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force, Commissioner Dodrill’s total uniformed service is more than 40 years.
Commissioner Dodrill and his wife, Terri Payne Dodrill, reside in Putnam County, West Virginia. They have three children and two grandchildren.