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About Jesse Forbes

Jesse Forbes is an attorney representing victims of violent crimes and serious injuries. His cases have been featured in the national news, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, Viceland and others.

Jesse has represented victims of abuse against perpetrators in churches, schools and other groups; the State of West Virginia in cases against the credit card industry; West Virginia’s largest local government entities during a chemical spill affecting the region’s water supply; and in claims against the opioid industry. In 2020, Jesse was part of the legal team that recovered a record $52 million for child victims of the Miracle Meadows boarding school in Salem, WV.

Jesse has also handled serious and complex criminal cases, including first-degree murder and other serious felonies. Among his successes, Jesse was a special assistant attorney general recovering more than $18 million for West Virginia consumers. Jesse previously served as Mental Hygiene Commissioner for West Virginia’s largest County and as Guardian Ad Litem for abused children in hundreds of cases. Jesse currently serves as a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court’s Juvenile Justice Commission, focusing on the rights of children in state custody.

Leadership Positions

  • Secretary of the West Virginia Association for Justice
  • West Virginia State Bar Elder Law Committee Chair
  • West Virginia Association for Justice Board Member
  • Charleston Municipal Planning Commission Commissioner
  • Kanawha County Mental Hygiene Commissioner
  • Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission Commissioner
  • West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board
  • Kanawha County Community Corrections Board


  • West Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Committee
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Criminal Law Section, American Association for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Generation Next, Top 40 Under 40, West Virginia State Journal
  • West Virginia Supreme Court’s Juvenile Justice Commission


  • Wake Forest University School of Law

    Juris Doctor
  • West Virginia University

    Bachelor of Science