Bader C. Giggenbach

A person’s reputation is one of the most important assets in building a successful career. A good name —  particularly in business — defines trust, inspires others, and serves as a carrier of influence.

A name like Bader Giggenbach is a sterling example.

Bader Giggenbach is a highly respected attorney known for his victories on behalf of clients, but also as a prominent entrepreneur who owns and operates many thriving businesses in West Virginia. Giggenbach’s dual careers have generated years of valuable experience and industry know-how with respect to corporate/commercial law, particularly labor and employment cases.

Giggenbach’s roster of representative cases tells a bigger story, though, as he has represented clients in a variety of matters such as personal injury, domestic relations, DUI charges, and insurance bad faith claims. As a trial lawyer, Giggenbach has been equally effective in securing positive outcomes for clients engaged in criminal, civil, and commercial litigation.

Giggenbach’s case history also spans a wide genre of business, from the representation of mining and oil and gas companies to local boards of education and county commissions. Giggenbach’s resume also details significant work on behalf of doctors and medical centers in cases involving high-profile whistleblower claims and defamation suits.

A native of Greenbrier County, Giggenbach has transferred his strong family name to Monongalia County, where he is actively involved in many organizations and professional associations. He is deeply rooted in the communities in which he serves, which stems from education and the arts to political councils and planning commissions. As part of his stellar community service record, Giggenbach has donated countless hours of legal service to a number of organizations in the region and throughout the state. Giggenbach has assisted foundations, athletic groups, and environmental conservancies, and he has generously assisted victims of rape and domestic violence with effective representation in court.

Giggenbach is a proud graduate of West Virginia University (J.D., WVU College of Law; B.A., Political Science). He and his wife, Melissa, also an attorney, reside in Morgantown with their children.


Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Driving under the Influence, DUI
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1994

Representative Cases

  • Darwin Corp., Inc. v. Patriot Mining Co., Inc, WL 3030857, 2012
  • Posey v. City of Buckhannon, 228 W.Va. 612, 723 S.E.2d 842, 2012
  • Gassaway v. Dominion Exploration and Production, Inc, WL 8193596, 2011
  • Wilson, M.D. v. WVU School of Medicine Dept, of OB/GYN, 2011 WL, 2011
  • Foster v. City of Keyser, 202 W.Va. 1, 501 S.E.2d 165, 1997
  • Shockey v. Preston County Bd. of Educ., 39-045, 2004
  • Close v. Preston County Health Department, CHD-536, CHD-017 (1999, 2000)
  • Johnson v. Monongalia County Commission, W. Va. S. Ct. No. 13-068 (settled after argument)

Honors and Awards

  • “Monongalia County Democrat of the Year,” November 2017, Monongalia County Democratic Executive Committee
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1986


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. – 1994
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • B.A. – 1991
    • Major: Political Science

Past Employment Positions

  • Monongalia County Circuit Court, Conservator, 2018 to 2019
  • Monongalia County Circuit Court, Special Commissioner, 2018 to 2019
  • Monongalia County Family Court, Discovery Commissioner, 2017
  • Monongalia County Circuit Court, Receiver, 2011
  • Monongalia County Circuit Court, Discovery Commissioner, 2010
  • William C. Brewer, Associate Attorney, 1994 to 2000
  • Fairmont City Attorney, Law Clerk, 1991 to 1994

Professional Associations

  • Monongalia County Bar Association, Member
  • West Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • West Virginia Association of Justice, Member
  • West Virginia Licensed Contractor, No. WV043180, Green Mountain Development, LLC, Member
  • West Virginia University College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science Department, Chair’s Advisory Committee
  • Monongalia County Planning Commission, Member, October 2007 to present; President, 2010 to 2017
  • Monongalia County Board of Ballot Commissioners Current Democrat Member
  • Monongalia County Democratic Executive Committee, 2014 to present
  • West Run Planning District Advisory Committee, 2003 to present
  • Pi Sigma Sigma, Policy Studies Honorary, past President


Ancillary Businesses

  • Giggenbach Development, LLC, Member
  • Giggenbach Family Limited Partnership, Partner
  • Giggenbach Holdings, LLC, Member
  • Giggenbach Properties, Inc., President, White Sulphur Springs, WV; Owns and operates Oakwood Apartments, a USDA Rural Development property Housing for the Disabled and Elderly
  • Green Mountain Development, LLC, Member, Morgantown, WV; General Contracting, Construction, and Development
  • NovaGene, LLC, Member, Morgantown, WV; Invention of Anti-Cancer Pharmaceutical Compositions