James P. McHugh

James P. McHugh is a native of Charleston, WV and a graduate of Purdue University and the West Virginia University College of Law where he received the Order of the Coif and served as Coal Issue Editor of Law Review.  His experience includes over 20 years of experience representing business, individuals and labor unions in West Virginia in civil, criminal and administrative cases, including MSHA and OSHA related matters.


Mr. McHugh has honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army National Guard.  He retired as a Colonel (Military Police) from the U.S. Army National Guard. He is an Iraq Veteran.


Professional Experience:

• Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps.

• Allen Guthrie & Thomas

• Barrett Chafin Lowry Amos & McHugh; McHugh Williams

• Jackson County, West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney


Professional Affiliations:

• Member of the West Virginia State Bar


Court Admissions:

• Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

• United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits

• United States District Court for Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia



500 Lee Street, East
Suite 701
Charleston, WV  25301


PO Box 2548
Charleston, WV  25329

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