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Judge David Hummel Named 2017 Judge of the Year

By Staff | Jun 5, 2017

Judge David Hummel was presented with the 2017 WVAJ Judge of the Year award in Charleston on June 1 during the association's annual convention. In addition to WVAJ President Jane Peak, it was presented to the Judge by Jeffrey V. Kessler, Rodney Windom and James G. Bordas III. Pictured, from left, are Kessler, Windom, Judge Hummel and Bordas.

Charleston, W.Va. — The Honorable David W. Hummel, Jr., who has served as a judge for West Virginia’s Second Judicial Circuit Court since 2009, was named Judge of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice. Judge Hummel received the award on Thursday, June 4 at the association’s annual convention in Charleston. It was presented by WVAJ President Jane Peak, who was joined by members James G. Bordas III, Jeffrey V. Kessler and Rodney Windom. The award has been presented annually to both state and federal judges since 1985.

“The West Virginia Association for Justice is honored to present Judge David Hummel with the 2017 Judge of the Year Award. Judge Hummel is a conscientious and distinguished member of the judiciary. He is fully committed to the prompt and fair administration of our court system who has earned a distinguished reputation as a well-prepared and fair judge who protects the rights of all those who appear before him,” said Jane Peak.

“Receiving this award from the West Virginia Association for Justice for my work on the bench is a great honor. I returned recently from the West Virginia Judicial Association conference. There are so many great judges in this state, many of whom have also received this award. It means a great deal to be recognized along with past recipients of this award. It makes me what to do an even better job,” said Judge Hummel.

“I would also like to thank my dedicated staff and my supportive family. I am the one on the bench, but it truly is a team effort. This award recognizes their work and the support they give me.”

Judge Hummel grew up in Moundsville and graduated from John Marshall High School, where he was a two-time state discus champion in track and field. He attended Marshall University on a track and field scholarship and earned a B. S. in business management. He earned his J. D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Judge Hummel began his legal career with the Wheeling firm of Hartley and O’Brien. Subsequent legal experience included five years in the Wheeling office of Steptoe and Johnson and then the firm of Wood and Wininsky. In 2003 he opened his own practice, Hummel Law Offices, in Moundsville and was an assistant Marshall County prosecuting attorney.

Judge Hummel decided to run for his seat in the Second Judicial Circuit Court in 2008 after Judge John Madden decided to not run for re-election that year. Following his election to the bench in November 2008, Hummel worked as a clerk for Judge Madden for the last two months of his term. Judge Hummel was unopposed in his 2016 re-election to the court. Judge Hummel leads the team for the Second Circuit’s Drug and Mental Health Court. Over the years, he has served as one of five state circuit court judges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to hear and rule upon statewide applications for orders authorizing wiretapping. Also, Judge Hummel served for several years as a member of the Mass Litigation Panel, which handles cases throughout the state.

The West Virginia Association for Justice represents nearly 500 plaintiffs attorneys throughout West Virginia and in surrounding states. WVAJ members are committed to preserving and improving our civil justice system in order to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms. WVAJ members work to protect West Virginia families by promoting safe workplaces, safe products, quality healthcare, a clean environment and corporate responsibility.