West Virginia Judiciary

Judge Thomas E. Scarr

Judge Thomas E. ScarrJudge Thomas E. Scarr was one of the first three judges appointed to the Intermediate Court of Appeals of West Virginia by Governor Jim Justice.

He was born on May 7, 1956, in Owatonna, Minnesota. In 1978, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of Virginia. In 1981, he received a law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

After clerking for the Charleston law firm Bowles Rice in the summer of 1980, he joined the firm in 1981 and practiced there for fifteen years, ten years as partner. He practiced law at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, from November 1995 until his appointment to the court, specializing in civil litigation, labor and employment law, and white-collar criminal defense.

He is a past president of the West Virginia State Bar.

Judge Scarr’s interests outside the office include music, photography, travel, biking, hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. In the past, he has also enjoyed distance running, and he’s had several mountaineering adventures, including climbing Washington’s Mount Rainier five times and Mount Olympia.

He is married to attorney Patricia “P.J.” Scarr, and he is the father of three sons.