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500 Randolph Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25302

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L. Dante' diTrapano

Dante' diTrapano began his career in the legal industry in 1990 as an investigator for his late father's law firm, DiTrapano & Jackson. His father, Rudolph L. DiTrapano (1928-2017), was a highly respected and successful lawyer in West Virginia who inspired Dante' to go to law school through a number of high profile trials, including a case the elder DiTrapano successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court.

Dante' attended John Marshall Law School, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the 1994 Valedictorian. Dante' successfully represented the law school in trial advocacy competitions across the country.

Dante' has extensive courtroom and trial experience and enjoys the reputation of being a tenacious litigator in the representation of his clients. Dante's negotiation skills have also served his clients well over the years, yielding results in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2000, Dante' negotiated a $75 million contract for former client and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. At the time, it was the largest salary negotiated for a wide receiver in NFL history.

Dante' has tried cases to verdict for serious injuries and wrongful deaths in the following areas of practice: Commercial Trucking Accidents, Parcel Service Trucking Accidents (UPS), Waste Disposal Trucking Accidents (BFI), Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Property Flooding, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Dog Bites, and Auto Accidents.

Dante' is a native of Charleston and resides there with his wife and four children. He enjoys being with his family, including his three grandchildren, and traveling. Because he previously conquered his own difficulties with substance abuse and has become an inspiration to others, Dante' spends a considerable amount of his free time helping members of the community that struggle with various addictions. He has spoken to numerous recovery groups, jail populations, and patients at treatment facilities. He has also visited Mount Olive Correctional Complex as part of a Prison Ministry and brought his message of faith, hope, and perseverance to the inmates. Dante' attends church at Maranatha Fellowship and is a supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also competes in local tennis events and has a standing game every Saturday morning.

Bar admission

  • West Virginia, 1995
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia


  • Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1994
    • Summa Cum Laude
  • B.S., West Virginia State College, 1990
    • Criminal Justice major
  • A.A., Manatee Community College, 1984

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Reported Cases

  • Edwards v. Bestway Trucking, 569 S.E.2d 443 (2002)
  • Withrow v. W. Va. Univ. Hosps., 576 S.E.2d 527 (2002)
  • Bradshaw v. Soulsby, 558 S.E.2d 681 (2001)
  • Jones v. Harper, 55 F. Supp. 2d 530 (S.D. W. Va. 1999)
  • Westfield Ins. Co. v. White, 19 F. Supp. 2d 615 (S.D. W. Va. 1998)
  • Brown v. Carvill, 498 S.E.2d 22 (1997)