Jacob R. Stout


Jake Stout utilizes the civil justice system to hold negligent corporations accountable for preventable injuries and diseases suffered by workers and their families.

Having experience in all three vantages of the civil litigation process—plaintiffs, defense, and the court—Jake has a broad understanding of the challenges faced by workers in their fight for justice. His perspective is an asset for clients, as he strives to improve safety practices and corporate governance for the benefit of current and future workers.  

Jake has advocated for plaintiffs’ causes as an associate for multiple personal injury firms throughout his career. He has extensive experience in matters related to automobile collisions, insurance bad faith, toxic exposure, products liability, Federal Employer’s Liability Act/Railroad injuries, asbestos/mesothelioma, premises liability, and other general personal injury litigation in state and federal courts. At Motley Rice, Jake works principally with the firm’s Occupational Disease team to prosecute hundreds of claims on behalf of injured workers. 

Jake’s legal experience also includes a clerkship with a regional corporate defense firm and serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Phillip D. Gaujot, of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, W. Va. He previously served as a deputy campaign manager and campaign treasurer for candidates in lieutenant governor, state representative, and county commissioner races in Pennsylvania in 2010 and 2011, and was one of three commissioners on the Monongalia County, W. Va., Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission from 2016 to 2021.


J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2014

Grad. Cert., Ohio University College of Business, 2021

B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2011

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


American Association for Justice

West Virginia Association for Justice

Pennsylvania Association for Justice

Monongalia County Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

Morgantown, WV
2021–2024  Ones to Watch list: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

2020–2023 West Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list
Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Class action/mass torts: plaintiff

2020–2024 Civil Plaintiff–Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyer list, West Virginia