Charles M. Johnstone II

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Managing Partner
Charleston, West Virginia

Charles M. Johnstone, II (“Sonny”) has been practicing law in the states of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky since graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1988.  Sonny has helped thousands of individuals and businesses with their legal needs.   His personal injury practice has covered a wide range of case types including, but not limited to, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, logging accidents, mining accident, medical malpractice, industrial accidents and slip and fall accidents.   He has successfully tried and settled cases valued in the tens of millions of dollars. 

He has also successfully handled small and large business and construction transactions and litigation for many satisfied clients.  

Sonny is married to Ellen Johnstone and has two wonderful children, Cameron and Charlie. He is an avid sports fan following closely his alma mater, the University of Kentucky as well West Virginia University and Marshall University.   Sonny’s interests include tennis, golf, travel and working out.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1988
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1985
  • University of Kentucky
    • B.E. - 1985
  • University of Kentucky, College of Business and Economics - 1985
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Member, Business and Economic Council

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kanawha County Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1989 - Present
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Cancer Society, Board of Directors, 1988 - Present
  • West Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1988 - Present
  • Contractors Association of West Virginia (A.G.C.), Member, Program and Young Contractor Committees
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (A.B.C.), Board of Directors, Education and Legislative Committees
  • West Virginia Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), Member
  • Constructors' Labor Council of West Virginia, Inc., Member
  • Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc, Member
  • Asphalt Pavement Council of West Virginia, Member
  • West Virginia Association of Justice , Member


  • Delta Tau Delta