Joseph G. Nogay

A Veteran Trial Lawyer with Extensive Experience Representing Individuals and Corporations


Joseph G. Nogay attended West Virginia University, where he graduated, cum laude, with a bachelor of science in accounting in 1981. While in college, Mr. Nogay was a member of several academic honoraries. Mr. Nogay received his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University’s College of Law in 1984, where he was selected to The Order of Barristers, a national advocacy honorary. While in law school, Mr. Nogay was a member of West Virginia’s College of Law’s Moot Court Board, and was a member of their National Moot Court Board Team.


Mr. Nogay is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of those states, as well as multiple federal district and appeals courts including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is member of the American Inns of Court for the United States District Court for Northern West Virginia. He is a member of the bar associations of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Association for Justice and a member of the West Virginia Association for Justice.


Mr. Nogay’s practice is unique in that he has successfully represented individuals, energy companies, health care groups and physicians, and Fortune 500 corporations from throughout the United States, in litigation, as both plaintiffs and defendants. These diverse representations have enabled Mr. Nogay to fully understand the litigation process so as to best serve the interests of his clients. Mr. Nogay has achieved tens of millions of dollars in verdicts or settlements for individuals and corporations in various types of litigation. Those areas where Mr. Nogay has successfully litigated verdicts and settlements for his clients including personal injury (both prosecuting and defending), product liability (both prosecuting and defending), medical malpractice (both prosecuting and defending) and oil & gas litigation (both prosecuting and defending).

In addition to representing catastrophic personal injury victims, Mr. Nogay has represented large banks and an extensive group of corporations from across the country. Recently, Mr. Nogay has been actively litigating cases involving major oil and gas leases, including royalties owed thereunder, for energy companies, private equity groups and land owners. Mr. Nogay has successfully litigated cases involving oil and gas lease interpretations, including a seminal decision in the oil and gas industry concerning binding arbitration clauses in leases. (See, Heller v. TriEnergy, Inc., 877 F. Supp. 2d 414 (USDC NDWV, 2012)). That federal court decision has been widely reported.

Mr. Nogay law practice is limited, primarily, to trial advocacy, on behalf of individuals and corporations, and he has litigated cases in state courts in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, and in federal district and appeals courts of several different states. Mr. Nogay was selected for membership into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, an organization that recognizes the best trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Nogay has been accepted for membership into the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his courtroom successes. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is comprised of the top trial lawyers in America and accepts less than 1% of all lawyers into its membership. Mr. Nogay has attained a peer-reviewed “Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards” from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Nogay has served as City Solicitor for Chester, West Virginia, and as Vice Chairman of the West Virginia State Bar’s Real Estate Committee, and has served on a variety of charitable, civic, professional, and bank boards.


Mr. Nogay was born in Weirton. He is married to Cathryn Samples Nogay, and they have two sons, Evan and Camden, both of whom graduated from Dartmouth. Evan is a commercial litigation lawyer in Chicago and Camden works in private equity and resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Dylan. Mr. Nogay and his wife have residences in Weirton, West Virginia, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, where Mr. Nogay is a member of the Pinehurst Country Club.

REQUIRED DISCLAIMER: Each case is different and the results above do not guarantee a successful or similar outcome in any future case handled by Mr. Nogay or his law firm.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum Mr. Nogay has been accepted into membership in the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his courtroom successes. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is comprised of the top trial lawyers in America and accepts less than 1% of all lawyers into membership.

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