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' is AV Preeminent Peer Rated, an honor bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge and experience, analytical capability, judgment, communications, and ethical standards. Dante' was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Association for Justice for the 2023-2024 term. WVAJ is a volunteer bar association for West Virginia attorneys and paralegals to protect access to state and federal courts, the civil justice system, and the 7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which is the right to a jury trial.
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. More recently, as lead negotiator, Dante' impressively resolved three separate class action/mass tort cases with financial recovery totaling, in the aggregate, more than $375 million.
Dante' has tried cases to verdict for serious injuries and wrongful deaths in the following areas of practice: prison abuse, civil rights violations, 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. In addition to West Virginia, he has litigated cases across the country in numerous states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.
Most recently, in November 2022, Dante’ was lead counsel for the estate of a man who died while incarcerated at Huttonsville Correctional Center. A trial ensued in Kanawha County Circuit Court, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the estate, in the amount of $711,000, against the WV Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The jury determined that corrections officials were “deliberately indifferent” to the inmate’s medical needs, ultimately causing his death.
Dante' is a native of Charleston and resides there with his wife, Teri. They have four children and five grandchildren. Dante’ enjoys vacationing with his family and extended family. 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 who struggle with substance abuse. He has spoken to numerous recovery groups, jail populations, patients at treatment facilities, and professional assistance programs. Dante’ was the keynote speaker at the inaugural West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program retreat in April 2019. 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' regularly supports Maranatha Fellowship, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, youth sports, and various local 12-step recovery groups. He also competes in local tennis events and has a standing game every Saturday morning.