Through the years, many members of the firm – past and present – have been called to serve the public and their profession in the executive and judicial branches of government – both state and federal. Seven former members have been appointed or elected to the bench. Two present and two former members have served as United States Attorneys.
Hon. Justice Thomas Miller was elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 1976 where he served until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement he returned to the firm where he practiced until his death in 2008.
Hon. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. practiced with the firm for more than two decades. He was the firm’s senior partner in 1990 when he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He served as Senior Judge for the District from 1994 to 2001. He has served as a senior status member of the Court since 2006.
Hon. Judge Arthur M. Recht was a member of the firm for many years until his appointment to the First Judicial Circuit (Hancock, Brooke and Ohio Counties) in 1981. He returned to the firm in 1993 where he practiced until his appointment to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals by Governor Caperton in 1995. He was reappointed to the First Judicial Circuit by Governor Caperton in 1996. He has since been elected and re-elected to full terms on the Circuit Court.
Hon. James P. Mazzone, a former member of the firm, was elected Judge of the First Judicial Circuit (Hancock, Brooke and Ohio) in 2000. He was re-elected (unopposed) to a second eight-year term in 2008.
Hon. Thomas E. Johnston, a former associate with the firm, served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 2001 until 2006. He was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by President George W. Bush where he has served since 2006.
Hon. Judge Jennifer L. Sargus, a former associate of the firm, has served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Belmont County, Ohio since 1990.
Hon. John E. Hoffman, a former associate of the firm, has served as Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio since 1990.
James F. Companion, a senior, managing member of the firm, served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1973 to 1976.
Melvin Kahle, former counsel at the firm, served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1999 to 2001. Before serving as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kahle was the Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County from 1993 to 1999. He was also a former U.S. Attorney.