James F. Companion

Companion, James F.


Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, Tax & Estate Planning, Bankruptcy

Schrader, Byrd & Companion, PLLC
The Maxwell Centre
32-20th Street, Suite 500
Wheeling, WV 26003


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Professional Experience

Civil litigation, banking law, business law, corporation law, real estate and estate planning and patent litigation.

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1973-1976
Chair of the Litigation Section


Bethany College, B.A.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions

West Virginia

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Practice Areas

Litigation, Bankruptcy, Corporate, Real Estate, and Tax & Estate Planning

Professional Honors

AV® Preeminent ™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability.
Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. AV® Preeminent™  is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Selected for inclusion in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 West Virginia Super Lawyers®
Selected for inclusion in 2011, 2012, 2013, with an Attorney Top List recognition in 2013; and 2014 Best Lawyers in America®

Professional Associations

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Member of the Ohio County, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
West Virginia State Bar
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Past President 1992-1993)
National Association of Bond Lawyers
American Bankruptcy Institute

Community Activities

West Virginia House of Delegates, 1968-1970
Trustee and past Chairman, Bethany College
Past President of Wheeling YMCA and Ohio County Unit of American Cancer Society
Member, Knights of Columbus


United States Army Reserves,1966, became a commissioned officer and resigned as a First Lieutenant in 1972

in the spotlight

Ray Byrd

Ray Byrd has been with the firm since 1970. He works on commercial, real estate, business organization, and estate planning matters as well as litigation. He was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Corporate Law.

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