West Virginia

James A. Dodrill

James A. Dodrill


(Southeast Zone)

Mailing Address

West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner
P.O. Box 50540
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0540

Phone: (304) 558-3354

Fax: (304) 558-0412

Street Address

West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, West Virginia 25302

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Commissioner James A. 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.

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 1985 until 1999, Dodrill was in private practice in West Virginia, during which time he tried dozens of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and civil cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia. He also participated in numerous appellate matters in multiple state and federal appellate courts that resulted in eight published appellate decisions. 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.

From 1999 to 2019, 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.

Dodrill retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, he has continued to serve in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and is now a Colonel and serving a four-year term as Commander of CAP’s West Virginia Wing. Dodrill's uniformed service totals more than 40 years.

Dodrill and his wife, Terri Payne Dodrill, reside in Putnam County, West Virginia. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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