Jay T. McCamic
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
Since the age of two, except for college, law school, and military service, Jay T. McCamic has been a resident of Wheeling, West Virginia. He lives four doors down from the house he grew up in.
While in college, Jay T. McCamic joined the United States Marine Corps “PLC” Program (Platoon Leaders Class) and upon graduation received a Reserve Commission as a Second Lieutenant, USMCR. At the time, the military, including the Marine Corps was reducing its numbers and restricted PLC commissioned officers to a 2 ½ year contract. Jay served on active duty as an infantry officer and was recognized for his outstanding leadership abilities. He was honored to be selected as one of only two officers of his rank in the Second Marines to be “augmented” and granted a full “30 year” commission, USMC.
Later, Jay left active service to attend WVU Law School and while in law school he served in the Marine Reserves. He achieved the rank of Captain and became the commanding officer of the “Wheeling Marines” infantry reserve unit which later became known as Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines headquartered in Moundsville. In 1985, he left the service with an honorable discharge to concentrate on his family and growing law practice.
While in law school, he was honored to be selected for the Moot Court Board to compete in Appellate advocacy competitions for the law school. He declined the opportunity and opted instead to become involved in actual legal cases. In his second year of law school, he led a team of law students in drafting and successfully arguing a writ of mandamus petition to the West Virginia Supreme Court. As a third year law student he was permitted under Rule 10 of the WV Rules of Civil Procedure to represent undergraduate students in landlord tenant disputes. During his third year of law school, Jay and a fellow student tried a case to a successful jury verdict before Judge DePond in Monongalia Circuit Court.
For many years, Jay has concentrated his practice in two areas: plaintiff’s personal injury and criminal defense. He has tried a number of civil and criminal cases to verdict involving such disputes as contested wills, land condemnation issues, automobile collisions, medical malpractice and a variety of negligence cases involving injuries. He has successfully tried FELA cases on behalf of injured railroad workers, representing members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees and the Brotherhood of Carmen. He has successfully resolved a number of cases for his clients prior to trial in those areas as well as products liability cases, insurance coverage disputes, and various disputes relating to the violation of the civil and legal rights of his clients.
Jay’s work as a criminal defense attorney is well known. Although he has handled numerous cases in State Court he is most known for his Federal Court cases and his Federal Death Penalty work. Jay has been recognized for his success in death penalty work and has been designated as a “learned counsel” in federal capital cases and since 1998 he has been active in representing defendants facing the death penalty in the federal courts of the Northern District of West Virginia, the Southern District of West Virginia, and the Western District of Pennsylvania.
He was appointed as the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Resource Counsel for the Northern District of West Virginia and served for a number of years before the Federal Public Defender was appointed. He has served as the CJA District Representative for the Northern District of West Virginia for a number of years.
For many years, he has been called upon to teach in various areas of criminal law and death penalty defense. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the WVU College of Law and a frequent speaker at both state and national legal education conferences.
Jay is best known for working hard to achieve the best legal result for his clients, who are often facing the most stressful times in their lives.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Products Liability
- Criminal Defense
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- West Virginia, 1984
- Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1984
- U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1984
- U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
- Pennsylvania, 1993
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1996
- West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
- J.D. – 1984
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- B.A. – 1977
- Major: English
- Parsons v. Norfolk and Western Ry. Co. (W. Va. 1991)
- Change, Inc. v. Westfield Ins. Co. (W. Va. 2000)
- U.S. v. Walton (W. Va. 2000)
- Polygraphs and Their Uses, Wheeling Civic Center, 2000
- High Tech Low Tech No Tech: An Integrated Approach to Winning the large “Paper” or “Information Overload” (Summation Case Database and other document organization techniques); Lead an arson workshop, 2001 Public Defender Conference, 2001
- Ethics & Law Office Management for the Criminal Defense Attorney, SDWV FPD and CJA Resource Counsel, Elkins, WV, 2001 – 2002
- Overview course on Federal Criminal and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Criminal Law Seminar, WVU Law School Class, Morgantown, WV, 2002
- Ethics for the Criminal Lawyer, WVTLA Mid-Winter Seminar, Charleston, WV, 2003
- Some Thoughts On the Use of Technology by the Defense, WDPA FPD’s Federal Criminal Practice for CJA Panel Attorneys, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003
- Information/Document Management: Case Management and Document Control Techniques, WALS, Wheeling, WV, 2003
- Pretrial Matters, Trial Preparation and the Electronic Courthouse, WVU Mountaineer CLE Series, “Practical Tips for Trying Your First (or Next) Federal Civil Case,” Morgantown, WV, 2003
- Trial Preparation, Case Management and Document Control Techniques, WALS, Wheeling, WV, 2004
- Getting a Plea to Life, AO/FDPRC/Capital Resource Counsel – 2004 Federal DP Strategy Session, 2004
- Use of Summation Database for a Large Document Case, Defender Services Division – Federal Death Penalty Strategy Session, 2005
- Working with Victims; Defense Based Victim Outreach, A.O. – Baltimore Regional Training, University of Maryland School of Law, 2007
- Guest speaker re: Death penalty issues, Law Works on WV Public TV, Host Dan Ringer, Morgantown, WV, 2008
- High Tech Low Tech No Tech for Paralegals, WALS, 2008
- Death Penalty Mitigation Strategies and Their Use in Non-Capital Sentencing, FPD’s for NDWV and SDWV, CJA Panel Attorney Seminar, Morgantown, WV, 2009
- Lectured journalism students on media and the law, understanding the legal procedure and courtroom procedure, WVU Journalism Class, Morgantown, WV, 2010
- Law and the Media: Finding and Using Experts and Resources, Office of Defenders Services, CJA District Rep Conference 2011 (16th Annual), 2011
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Contributions to the West Virginia Public Defenders, 2001 – Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- Ohio County Bar Association
- Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference member
- Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Criminal Justice Act District Representative, NDWV, 2002 – Present
- CJA Resource Counsel NDWV, 1996 – 2002
- United States Marine Corps, Captain
Past Employment Positions
- Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Assistant Prosecutor, 1985 – 1986
- Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, CJA Resource Counsel NDWV, 1996 – 2002
Pro Bono Activities
- Youth Services Systems, Inc., Board of Directors , 1985 – 2007