McGinley, Sean P. Attorney

Mr. McGinley is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He represents clients in personal injury cases, commercial and business litigation, and class actions.

Mr. McGinley was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, and attended college at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, receiving an A.B. degree in 1987. He studied law at Oxford University (Keble College) in Oxford, England, where he obtained an honours degree in Jurisprudence. After obtaining his law degree, Mr. McGinley worked at the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia as a law clerk, from 1990 through 1993. Mr. McGinley clerked both for Chief Justice Thomas E. McHugh, and Justice Thomas B. Miller. From 1994 through 1995, Mr. McGinley was a law clerk to the Hon. Charles H. Haden, II, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He has been with the firm since October of 1995.

Since joining the firm, Mr. McGinley has considerable trial experience. He also has successfully prosecuted many appeals to the Supreme Court of West Virginia.

Mr. McGinley has been a member of the Governing Council of the West Virginia Law Institute since 2001. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He also is a member of both the West Virginia and Kanawha County Bar Associations. Mr. McGinley has lectured media organizations on First Amendment and defamation issues.

Mr. McGinley and his wife, Ana G. Marino, have two sons, Liam Patrick McGinley, and Colin Sean McGinley. They reside in Charleston.

604 Virginia Street East Charleston West Virginia, 25301
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(304) 342-0133

(304) 342-4605

www.ditrapanolaw.com

mcginley(at)dbdlaw1.com

Last updated 2021-08-03

Specialties of McGinley, Sean P. Attorney:
  • Accident Lawyers
  • Appeals Lawyers
  • Attorneys
  • Malpractice & Negligence Lawyers
  • Media & Communications Lawyers
Accident Lawyers: The word accident is not a technical legal term with a clearly defined meaning. Speaking generally, but with reference to legal liabilities, an accident means any unintended and unexpected occurrence which produces hurt or loss. But it is often used to denote any unintended and unexpected loss or hurt apart from its cause; and if the cause is not known the loss or hurt itself would certainly be called an accident. The word accident is also often used to denote both the cause and the effect, no attempt being made to discriminate between them.
Appeals Lawyers: A challenge to a previous legal determination. An appeal is directed towards a legal power higher than the power making the challenged determination. In most states and the federal system, trial court determinations can be appealed in appeals courts, and appeals court decisions can be appealed in a supreme court. The person pursuing an appeal is called an appellant, while the person defending the lower court’s ruling is the appellee. Appeals can be either discretionary or of right. An appeal of right is one that the higher court must hear, if the losing party demands it, while a discretionary appeal is one that the higher court may, but does not have to, consider. For example, in the federal system, there is an appeal of right from the District Court to the Court of Appeals, but appeals from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court are discretionary.
Attorneys: A lawyer is a person who practices law, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor or solicitor or chartered legal executive. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies greatly across legal jurisdictions, and so it can be treated here in only the most general terms.

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