Melvin W. Kahle, Jr.

Kahle, Jr., Melvin W.

Of Counsel

Litigation, Real Estate (Oil & Gas), Estate Planning

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

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Professional Experience

General practice of law, including civil litigation, personal injuries, estates, wills and real estate.

United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from November 19, 1999 to April 20, 2001

Involved with United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia as a:

  1. Member of the Local Criminal Rules Committee – 2000 and 2001;
  2. Panelist on “Covering the Courts” – 2000;
  3. Member of the Full-Time Magistrate Judge Merit-Selection panel – 2000.

Involved with the Attorney General of the United States as a:

  1. Member Executive Committee – HIDTA;
  2. Member Department of Justice Firearms Working Group.

Prosecuting Attorney of Ohio County from 1993 to 1999.
Former JAG Officer with Staff Judge Advocate, TAC, Langley AFB, VA.
Former Instructor – Real Estate at West Virginia State College.
Former Special Counsel to the West Virginia Commissioner of Finance & Administration.
Former Administrative Assistant – Central National Bank of Cleveland, Ohio.


Cleveland – Marshall College of Law School, Juris Doctor.

West Virginia University, A.B. in History and English.  AFROTC, Varsity Tennis and Freshman Basketball.

Linsly Military Institute; President National Honor Society, Cadet Captain, 6th in Class, Varsity Basketball, Football and Tennis.

Bar Admissions

West Virginia

Court Admissions

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

Practice Areas

Litigation, Tax & Estate Planning, Real Estate

Professional Honors

BV® Distinguished™ 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.  BV® Distinguished™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Commendation Medal USAF – Air Defense Command crew member of the month

Co-Special State Prosecutor of the year WV Prosecuting Attorneys’ Institute – 1997

David B. Cross Victims of Crime Award – 1998

Criminal Justice Service Award from the WV Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association – 2000

Honorary member of WV Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association – 2002

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of WV – Distinguished Service – 11/19/99-4/20/01

Awards from Department of Justice, U.S. Marshal Service, FBI, Secret Service, DEA, ATF, EPA, Postal Inspectors and WV State Police for Outstanding Service 1999 to 2001.

Professional Associations

Ohio County, State Bar Associations
Former Board Member West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute
Former Board Member West Virginia Association of County Officials
Reserve Officers Association, Past State President
Iola Club, Cave Club, Beta Theta Pi and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Community Activities

Former President, Ohio County Board of Education.
Chairman, Ohio County School’s Master Plan.
Member, Board of Directors, Y.M.C.A.
Former Board Member, Crittenton Services, Inc.
Past Chairman, Secretary – Wheeling Municipal Auditorium and Parking Authority.
Former Tri-Chairman, Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Ohio County Schools.
Former Judge, WVU Law School – Baker Cup Moot Court Competition.
Former Coach, young ladies softball, 8th grade, college intramural and U.S.A.F. Basketball teams.
St. Michael Parish.
Former President, Holy Trinity Parish Council.
Former Vice President and Treasurer, local P.T.A.

Military Service

Major U.S.A.F. RET., Staff Judge Advocate’s Office, Tactical Air Command.

Former 1st, Lt. Navigator 444th FIS – Radar Interceptor Officer and Member of first 2-Man Crew to successfully crash-land a F-101B Fighter Interceptor, without the main gear extended, helping save the U.S.A.F. millions.

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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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