H. F. Salsbery

Of Counsel - Charleston Office

Direct Dial: (304) 720-0708

E-Mail: [email protected]

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H.F. “Trigg” Salsbery is Of Counsel in Bailey & Wyant's Charleston office. He focuses his practice on trials and appeals and is licensed in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, He has tried more than 150 cases in areas that range from products liability and medical malpractice to commercial litigation with an emphasis on coal related issues. He has served as National Trial Counsel for defendants in mass tort cases involving welding rods, isocyanate exposure, and Chinese-manufactured drywall. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, he tried cases involving RICO, CCE, embezzlement, conspiracies and other matters; and he subsequently represented defendants in federal and state criminal prosecutions.

Trigg has particular expertise in the coal industry and has handled matters related to almost every aspect of the industry. He has represented clients in coal related personal injury and wrongful death cases involving methane/coal dust explosions, electrocutions, equipment accidents, roof and high wall falls, and fires on the surface and underground. He has also represented clients in state and federal regulatory matters involving permit appeals and enforcement actions regarding air quality, water quality, subsidence, and noise.

In addition, he has represented coal clients in commercial matters such as contract issues, wheelage, lost coal claims, and property damage claims; and he has represented coal companies and other businesses in construction litigation involving performance and payment bonds.

Trigg currently focuses his practice on commercial transactions with the purchase and sale of businesses.


  • J.D.– University of Kentucky College of Law, 1973
  • B.A.– University of Kentucky, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Practice Areas

  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Mass Tort Cases
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death Cases
  • Construction Litigation

Professional Associations

  • Administrative Law Judge for the West Virginia Ethics Commission, 2015-present
  • Municipal Court Judge, 1975-1977
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1982 – 1984
  • U.S. Marine Corps, service in the Republic of Vietnam
  • Board Certified Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2016, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation
  • Selected for inclusion in West Virginia Super Lawyers 2010-2022
  • Fellow Litigation Counsel of America
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Nation's Top One Percent Life Member of the National Registry of Who's Who National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014 Top Ten Attorneys Award
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2020

Community Involvement

  • B'nai Jacob Synagogue, Board of Trustees and Past President