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Outside Counsel

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has implemented procedures and guidelines outlining when and how the Office of the Attorney General should hire outside counsel to represent the State and its agencies in legal proceedings.

The Attorney General’s outside counsel policy, which can be read by clicking here, sets forth the conditions under which the Office of the Attorney General may appoint outside counsel, the competitive bidding process attorneys or law firms must participate in and how they will be selected, as well as any legal fees outside counsel may be able to collect. The policy also ensures that any attorney selected to work as outside counsel will work under the direct supervision of the Office of the Attorney General.

Transparency is a critical component of the Attorney General’s outside counsel policy. As part of the policy, the Office of the Attorney General regularly posts important information related to the State’s hiring of outside counsel to this web page.

Members of the public may refer to this web page to find the following information:

  •   Written determinations from the Attorney General regarding the need to appoint outside counsel for a particular   legal matter;
  •   Requests for proposal seeking legal services from private attorneys to represent the State;
  •   Any payment of legal fees to appointed outside counsel; and,
  •   Notice of attorneys and/or law firms that have been previously approved to represent the State with regard to a   particular area of law or subject matter.
Click here to read a copy of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s outside counsel policy.

Written Determinations & Requests for Proposal

The following written determinations regarding the need to appoint outside counsel and/or requests for proposal for outside counsel legal services have been made pursuant to the Attorney General's Policy on Outside Counsel (Policy #WVAGO-004):

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority:

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority:

Alcohol Beverage Control Administration:

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources:

Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority:

Marshall University:

West Virginia Secretary of State & the State Elections Commission:

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources:

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority:

West Virginia University:

West Virginia Department of Revenue, West Virginia Lottery Commission & West Virginia Racing Commission:

West Virginia Board of Education:

West Virginia Health Information Network:

West Virginia Department of Agriculture & West Virginia Conservation Agency:

West Virginia Department of Commerce:

Shepherd University:

West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways:

West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner:

West Virginia Public Broadcasting:

Fairmont State University:

Pierpont Community & Technical College:

West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board:

West Virginia State University:

Bluefield State College:

Office of the Attorney General:

West Virginia Racing Commission:

Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training:

Glenville State College:

West Virginia Treasurer's Office:

West Virginia Conservation Agency:

West Virginia Division of Forestry: