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J. Brandon Shumaker

Criminal defense Attorney at Morgantown, WV

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also known as Brandon Shumaker


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Morgantown's go-to Criminal Defense Lawyer, Brandon combines experience and knowledge with a courtroom demeanor that allows him to achieve great results both in trial and through alternative resolutions. Selected by SuperLawyers in Criminal Defense for consecutive years.

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Licensed for 12 years
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 02/01/2023

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Slavey & Shumaker PLLC
150 Pleasant Street
Morgantown, WV, 26505

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Posted by Brian | August 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Brandon = Outstanding Lawyer
Brandon is a top notch lawyer. Brandon is patient and explains the process and procedures in layman's terms. He is compassionate, listens, thinks and produced results. I can't say enough good things about him.
Posted by Amanda | July 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer we have ever had
We hired Brandon for my fiance case. He always got back to us in a timely manner, Involved us in everything, answered every question, and was very good at his job. He fought for us to have the best outcome for our situation.
Posted by Jim and Jackie | May 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Brandon Shumaker, excellent Attorney at Law!
Brandon Shumaker is an excellent Attorney at Law!! He is just your ordinary, laid back, country kinda guy, but when he is in court, he commands the court room! He made us feel very at ease on our first meeting and we felt right away that we pick the right man to represent us. He kept us informed of the process as it went along, and always available for any questions we had. His criminal defense is top notch! Very knowledgeable in law. We will recommend him to all who ask. His retainer fee was very fair for the defense he provided us. Thank you Brandon Shumaker!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2017
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Felony
Brandon knows exactly what he is doing in the court of WV . He is very familiar with most if not every judge you could end up facing. He eased my fear right away after consulting with him, and he told me whats most likely going to happen. In the end my felony was dropped and the plea agreement was much better than expected. My mistake won't haunt me for the rest of my life thanks to Brandon.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2016
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Felony Charges
There is so much I can say about Brandon Shumaker, he is an excellent lawyer who's character and integrity are amazing. We were put in a position where we were unable to afford an attorney and Brandon was appointed by the Court to represent my child I can honestly say when we first met Brandon from the beginning there was a comfort we felt. He made a statement to us and we found it to be true. Not financially being able to afford counsel and facing the charges presented, Brandon never looked at the case differently due to the inability to pay, this in itself spoke volume to the respect that we have for him. He worked the case diligently with the same amount of care and concern as if he were getting paid. And in the end the result was amazing. In life when something happens and you make a bad decision there is a price to pay, and in the end as opposed to years that price ended up being 6months which was a fair and acceptable plea. He truly fought and if you are looking for an attorney to represent you with the best possible outcome, one who cares and will not treat you any differently based on what you have done.....THIS IS THE MAN....He is one of the Best.......Thanks Brandon
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Final Review 10/10
Throughout the entire process, which seemed like a lot of waiting time, Brandon was great. I always heard back from him whenever I had any questions. The process was made simple and I never had any issue communicating with him. I was actually unable to attend my hearing because of a business trip, however Brandon made sure I had filled out the correct paperwork so he could go in my place. This took a huge weight off my shoulders and he kept me in the loop the entire time. I received a favorable decision and am very happy with his services. Would absolutely recommend him to anyone that is looking for a professional and personable lawyer who I felt was truly empathetic to my case.
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Posted by Deborah | March 23, 2016
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This is the man you want on your team!!
Mr. Shumaker came to me highly recommended. I am so glad I chose him and that he accepted my case. He was personable and professional. He took the time to explain things to me and ease my mind. I could not have asked for better representation and his fees were quite reasonable. I would highly recommend him! To Brandon: Stay humble and true...the world needs great, honest attorneys!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2015
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Update--Arraignment
Being an extremely emotional person, Brandon has put up with my tears and worries. He is an excellent lawyer who doesn't make me feel like he is trying to scare me into anything and really tells it like it is. The process up to this point has been seamless and he always gets back to me in no time, whether it's a text or a phone call. His down to earth personality leaves me feeling confident in myself. I would highly recommend his services, it has been a great experience so far. I will update again later.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Left me feeling much better
Personable and friendly and did not feel like I was being pressured into any situation. Really took the time to consult with me and lay out every single possibility. Would recommend at least consulting with this lawyer to anyone in trouble who wants to feel like their case matters. Great experience so far!
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
Case of the Ex
I consulted Brandon Shumaker with my unique case in which an ex girlfriend was trying to hurt me by filling a domestic violence protection order against me just to hinder me from going on to my new career path. Prior to Brandon handling my case all of my belongings was in her possession and law enforcement was treating me rude and lying to me about my rights to gather my belongings. Brandon Shumaker did a fantastic job of contacting law enforcement to allow me to retrieve my belongings as well as preparing me to defend myself against the false accusations in family court to prevent my case from escalating to criminal. Also Brandon was able to appeal an unfair trespassing warning served to me by university police. I would highly recommend Brandon Shumaker to anyone in need of legal consultation either family or criminal.
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Posted by Jeff | July 13, 2015
Best Lawyer in Morgantown
I was very impressed with Mr. Shumaker from the moment I met him. He was very professional and went above and beyond. I never left his office doubting him or myself. He gave me the confidence I needed to be able to get through my trial. Even though he is a young lawyer, don't let the licensed for 5 years fool you, his knowledge and drive to make his client come out on top makes him arguably the best lawyer in Morgantown. Mr. Shumaker was very straight forward with me and answered all my hundred of questions. He was also a mentor, during my time as his client, and helped me step by step in order to win my case. I got very lucky that Mr. Shumaker took me on as a client. I would recommend him to anyone. The future is bright for this lawyer and he is only going to get better.
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Posted by Josh | June 29, 2015
DUI Case
Brandon represented me twice in the last 3 years. Both times he was fair with his fee, and his services reached far beyond what I expected. Not only that, but Brandon was truly genuine in his approach to help me in my time of need. I was kept informed, and he explained very process along the way. I would highly recommend Brandon Shumaker to anyone. I hope I will never need his services again, however, if misfortune knocks, I have Brandon's number and would call him in a heart beat.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Shumaker was instrumental in working with the WVU Student Conduct Staff on an alleged issue with my daughter. Brandon was professional, courteous and very well versed in his approach and actions. I was very please and would recommend him and his firm to anyone in need of their services.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2015
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Brandon was extremely knowledgable and helped me formulate a response to a Domestic Abuse complaint that was unjustly brought against me. His response resulted in the complaint being dismissed before it reached the Student Conduct stage; making my life significantly less stressful. His services were affordable and he was willing to go above and beyond the services promised in the Retainer Agreement to assure peace of mind in me, his client. Ideally I won't need an attorney again anytime soon, but if I do I know who I am calling.
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Posted by Terry | March 24, 2015
Thorough and Connected
Brandon represented my son in a criminal matter, both with the courts and with the WVU Student Conduct system. Being a graduate of WVU's law school, his obvious intimate knowledge of the school's student conduct system and strong working relationship with local prosecutors allowed him to resolve my son's case without going to court. It gave my son an opportunity to recover from his bad decisions without a permanent mark on his record, and in today's "zero defect" world that's a huge deal. I strongly recommend Brandon to WVU parents that are trying to help their kids through trouble from afar. Great job.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I spoke to and corresponded with Brandon several times regarding a matter with my WVU student and a possible board hearing and he was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable, he knows the system and people at the University and he is very professional. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by John | December 4, 2014
Very reliable and effective
Brandon was always available, very reliable, with communicating and providing legal advice. After hiring him my legal questions and concerns were completely handled and it was a huge relief. I would highly suggest anyone needing legal assistance from a reliable and effective attorney.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2014
Absolute best help I could find
I am a student at the university and got in serious legal trouble and was facing expulsion with the school. Brandon was very familiar with the people on the school board and he had connections with the defense attorney for my legal charges and he was able to get me out of all my trouble. He knew exactly how to handle the situation and prepare me, and he was also really reliable and he worked with me on a very flexible schedule. He knows what hes doing, he has great fixed rates, and I recommend him to anyone in Morgantown.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2014
Good Criminal Defense Lawyer
I was charged with a case of domestic battery which i did not commit, and Brandon did a great job at handling my case and having it dismissed. He knew what he was doing and gave me the information I needed to hear. I highly recommend him to anyone involved in any criminal charges against him or her.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2014
Excellent To Work With
Mr. Shumaker was a pleasure to work with. He provided extremely fast service. I would recommend Brandon Shumaker's services to anyone in need of a lawyer!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Member
  • Slavey & Shumaker PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Business Law - Adjunct Professor
  • West Virginia University
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • J. Brandon Shumaker, Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Carruth, Kersey, Moore & Stafford, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Research Assistant
  • West Virginia University College Of Law
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Intern
  • Morgantown Mayor's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • West Virginia University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • WVU v. JL
  • Found not responsible by the WVU Student Conduct Board.
  • State v. M. M.
  • Dismissal of two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
  • State v. R. M.
  • Charges dismissed and client released from jail.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for Southern District of West Virginia
  • Licensed
  • 2010 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyer Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of West Virginia
  • Licensed
  • 2010 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Alumni
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyer Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • West Virginia University Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Founding Executive Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Public Interest Advocates
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star in Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "10 Best Attorneys" for Client Satisfaction in West Virginia
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Selected Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Criminal Lawyer in West Virginia
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice 2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice 2014
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Nominated "10 Best" Attorney for State of West Virginia
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Nominated Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Highest Grade in Law Class - Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • CALI
  • 2008
  • Best Overall Trial
  • WVU College of Law - Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
  • Highest Grade in Law Class - Business Torts
  • CALI
  • 2008
  • Scholarship
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • 2001
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Publications

  • (editor/research assistant to andre douglas pond cummings)
  • Reversing Field: Examining Issues of Commercialization, Race and Labor in 21st Century Sports Law
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Young Lawyers Executive Committee Annual Conference
  • Section 10 Update
  • 2012
  • Young Lawyers Executive Committee Conference
  • Section 10 Update
  • 2011
  • Reversing Field: Examining Issues of Commercialization, Race and Labor in 21st Century Sports Law
  • Sports Law
  • N/A

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 26
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
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"I endorse the skills of Attorney J. Brandon Shumaker. He is very smart, very loyal to his clients, and a very competent lawyer. If you are involved in a civil rights-related legal dispute, Attorney Shumaker is the guy to see."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
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Litigation Attorney | Jan 05
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is well-respected has broad knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
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"I highly endorse Mr. Shumaker. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
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"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
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"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 14
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
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"Very good attorney that does great work for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 27
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 25
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"I endorse this lawyer. West Virginia’s legal community is fortunate to have an attorney like him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
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