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Sarah Walling

Attorney, 
Jenkins Fenstermaker
Huntington, 33

Sarah Walling's journey took her from eastern Kentucky to Texas, back to Texas and finally to Huntington.

Walling, an attorney with Jenkins Fenstermaker in Huntington, is originally from Ashland, Ky., fewer than 20 miles from downtown Huntington. When she was a child, her family left the area when her father got a job in another state.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in 2000. She did title exam work for a title insurance company in the Austin area before she started law school, which she graduated from in 2010.

The Huntington Tri-State area was always home to her, so she attended law school at the University of Kentucky and found work after graduation with Jenkins Fenstermaker.

"I worked in real estate for several years before I came back for law school," Walling said. "I thought I would stay in real estate. In law school I had a chance to get involved in general litigation for a law firm. It's a little more exciting."

Some of her cases she has handled this year have dealt with political subdivisions and insurance cases.

Walling is involved in several organizations in the Huntington area. She is treasurer of the Cabell County Bar Association. Last year, she was the bar association's secretary. As a bar association officer, she helped develop a countywide initiative with Legal Aid of West Virginia's Huntington office and other local attorneys. She is a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

In the community, she is incoming vice president of the Junior League and is on several committees at the Huntington Museum of Art. She has been a member of the museum's Open Door Membership Committee since 2010 and served on the Museum Ball Committee in 2012 and 2013. She also sits on the museum's Next Generation Advisory Council.

Walling has been a member of the board of directors of Dress for Success River Cities since 2010. She worked with United Way of the River Cities as a loaned executive in 2010, and she is the West Virginia Network Leader for the Texas Exes Alumni Association.

On her own time, she likes fishing and hiking.