Kirk H. Bottner was born and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey. A Graduate of Ridgewood High School, Kirk moved to West Virginia in 1988 to attend West Virginia University. Kirk graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude. After taking a year off from school to travel and visiting 49 of the 50 states, Kirk returned to West Virginia attending the West Virginia University School of Law from 1993 to 1996. Kirk received his Juris Doctorate in 1996 and moved to Weston, West Virginia where he practiced law for three years. In 1999, the Bottner family relocated to the eastern panhandle and in 2001 Kirk founded The Law Office of Kirk H. Bottner, PLLC located in Charles Town, West Virginia.