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Sean P. McGinley

Sean P. McGinley

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Personal Injury, Commercial

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Sean McGinley is a trial and appellate attorney and a member of DiTrapano Barrett & DiPiero, PLLC. His statewide West
Virginia law practice includes personal injury and accident cases,
medical malpractice, coal mine injury and accidents, serious workplace
accidents, commercial and business litigation, and class actions.
During his twenty years practicing law, Mr. McGinley has helped his
clients recover tens of millions of dollars.

Mr. McGinley is from 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.

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.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Personal Injury: 55%
    24 years
  2. Commercial: 45%
    24 years



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Contact Info

604 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV, 25301



WVAuthorized to practice law199108/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Prsonal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Law ClerkUnited States District Court1994 - 1995
Law ClerkWest Virginia Supreme Court1990 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Judge John A. Field, Jr., American Inn of CourtMaster2007 - Present
West Virginia Law InstituteBoard Member2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeAdvocate1995 - Present
Kanawha County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Osborne v. United States, 567 S.E.2d 677 (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia 2002)Case was settled after trial before an appeal.

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Publication NameTitleDate
West Virginia Law ReviewWest Virginia's Very Own Celotex Trilogy: A Series of Recent Opinions by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Reveals that the Rumors of Rule 56's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated1996


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oxford UniversityJurisprudenceB.A.1990
Oberlin CollegeGovernmentA.B.1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Annual ConventionFOIA, First Amendment and the Reporters' Privilege2001