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James T. Kratovil

Attorney at Law

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, James T. Kratovil has been practicing law in West Virginia since 1976. His decades of experience include distinguished service as an assistant prosecutor and magistrate in central West Virginia prior to founding our practice in Charles Town in 1991. Clients who turn to our Jefferson County-based law firm benefit from Mr. Kratovil‘s dedicated personal attention to their concerns and his in-depth knowledge of the law, court system and officials.

"As a former prosecutor, I know how the other side thinks. Let me put my insider information to work for you."

People who are facing DUI charges and other criminal allegations involving drugs, assault, theft offenses and more need focused defense of their rights and futures. If you are struggling with an unmanageable debt load, Attorney Kratovil can help you evaluate your options and make an informed decision about Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is a personable, balanced and accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in a range of other legal practice areas.

In addition to advising and representing many clients facing legal issues in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, Attorney Kratovil is also admitted to practice in Maryland. Jim lives in Charles Town, West Virginia, with his wife Bonnie who is a retired family court judge. Jim enjoys hiking, golf, biking, poker and reading and is an enthusiastic fan of the six-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1976

  • Maryland, 1996

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1976

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1976

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1996

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


  • J.D. - California Western School of Law, 1976

    • San Diego, California

  • B.A. - Point Park University, 1973

    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    • Honors: cum laude

    • Major: Political Science


  • Americans with Disabilities Act

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Assistant Prosecutor, Lewis County Prosecutor's Office

  • Magistrate Court Judge, Lewis County Magistrate

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bankruptcy Seminars for Legal Aid of West Virginia