Michael Edward Nogay
Tri-State Litigation Attorney
Michael Edward Nogay earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, magna cum laude, where he was was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as editor of the Daily Athenaeum. Mr. Nogay received his law degree in 1983 from Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and subsequently passed the bar examinations in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Most recently, Mr. Nogay has been the local NBC on-air legal analyst for WTOV9 in the Steubenville rape case and the subsequent special grand jury investigation. He also successfully litigated a seminal decision in an oil and gas matter in federal court concerning binding arbitration clauses in leases that was widely-reported. (See, Heller v. TriEnergy, Inc., 877 F. Supp. 2d 414 (USDC NDWV, 2012). Mr. Nogay has recently served as Special Disciplinary Counsel handling lawyer discipline cases for the West Virginia State Bar Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel and has obtained a conviction as a Special Prosecuting Attorney in a felony murder case in Wheeling, West Virginia (See, State v. Wade, 490 SE 2d 724 (W. Va. Supreme Court of Appeals, 1997).
Mr. Nogay is admitted to practice in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and has tried cases before juries in each of those states. He and his partner, Jim Sellitti, have the largest civil jury verdict in Hancock County (WV) history in a medical malpractice case, and he has successfully tried major criminal cases in both federal and state courts and won acquittals in cases ranging from counterfeiting to vehicular homicide to drug conspiracy. Mr. Nogay practices in the four partner litigation firm of Sellitti, Nogay & McCune, PLLC. Mr. Nogay has extensive civil and criminal litigation experience, including oil and gas litigation and lease negotiations regarding the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, on behalf of land and mineral owners, and major developers alike.
Mr. Nogay was appointed by West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton to the state Ethics Commission and served as its first secretary. He has also served as elected member of the Hancock County Board of Education. Mr. Nogay is a lifelong resident of Weirton, WV and has been married to his wife, Robin, for 27 years. They are the parents of three children, Eddie (an All-American pitcher for Washington and Jefferson College), Max (a catcher for West Virginia University baseball team in the Big XII Conference) and Jennifer (a biology major at the University of Pittsburgh). As head wrestling coach at Weirton Madonna High School, Nogay coached his son Max to three state finals appearances and two West Virginia high school state championships.
Mr. Nogay recently authored an academically-praised book on the fortifications in the Ohio Valley during the American Revolutionary War titled, Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior. He is also a nationally-recognized expert on antique fishing tackle, and is the founder of the Old Reel Collectors Association, Inc. (ORCA) — a non-profit organization of vintage fishing reel collectors, with nearly 800 members in over a dozen countries. http://orca-online.org/.