John Burton Hunter III

Sole Practitioner

Location: Buckhannon, West Virginia
Phone: 304-472-7477
Fax: 304-472-0641
Email: E-mail Me

Burton Hunter may have old fashioned values, but they are not outmoded. Burton’s values come from his upbringing in Wheeling WV. They come from the choir and youth fellowship at Christ United Methodist Church, from being a Cub Scout, 4-H Member, and a student in Ohio’s County’s excellent public school system, and, later, Linsly Military Institute, from 8th through 12th grades. Hunter graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, with a BA in Government and History, and from the W.V. University College of Law followed by four years in the U.S. Air Force Jag Corp where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Burton Hunter and Nancy Goodfellow, of Fairfield Ct., met at WVWC and married in 1969. They have four children, John, Christopher, Justin and Laura, and 3 grandchildren, Anna, Jack and Lucille.

Hunter was the recipient, in the 1990’s, of the WV Trial Lawyer Association’s (now WV Assoc. of Justice) Member of the Year and President’s awards.

In his home town of Buckhannon, Hunter coached youth soccer for 17 years, served as President, and other offices, of the Upshur County Senior Center, chaired the United Way campaign, sat on the board of the Upshur County Family Resources Center, sings in the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church choir, and served as President of the Upshur County Bar Association. He was also a member of the Buckhannon Rotary Club and Buckhannon Upshur Chamber of Commerce.

Hunter has represented hundreds of personal injury victims, handled nearly 3000 family law cases, and handled hundreds of insurance claims, civil suits, and a wide variety of other matters. Now he prefers to focus his practice on personal injury and insurance, matrimonial law, and civil law suits.

Hunter has been heavily involved in technology, innovation, and continuing education throughout his career. He acquired his first, Apple II, computer in 1981, and has been learning ever since. His office uses dozens of computer applications.

Burton Hunter believes in hard work, protecting his clients, applying common sense to the practice of law, and staying current in his profession. For over 30 years Hunter’s office light has been the first to come on most mornings. Drive by most mornings before 7:00 a.m, and you can see it.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law — Employee
  • Bar Admissions: West Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, 1972


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
  • J.D. – 1972
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • B.A. – 1968
  • Major: Gov’t/History
  • Representative Clients
  • The “Little Guys” Who Otherwise Would Get Kicked Around
  • Honors and Awards
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Presidents Awards, 1994
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Member of the Year Award, 1995
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • West Virginia State Bar, 1972 – Present
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1982 – Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice, Board Member, 1995 – Present
  • Board of Governors, 1995 – Present
  • Past Employment Positions
  • 1972 USAF JAG Corp., Capt. Asst. Staff Judge, 1972 – 1976
  • Languages
  • English
  • Fraternities/Sororities
  • Phi Kappa
  • Phi Sigma Epsilon