Michael  - G. - Gallaway

Michael G. Gallaway

Wheeling, W.Va.
304.230.6959 - office
304.312.6769 - mobile


  • Denison University, B.A., with honors; Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1986


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
Mr. Gallaway’s primary areas of practice are corporate and commercial litigation, professional malpractice and construction-related liability claims, insurance defense, municipal law, and labor and employment law.

Representative Experience

  • Representing clients as lead counsel in numerous professional liability and construction-related cases, including successful defense of architects, engineers, contractors, attorneys and insurance agents
  • Representing clients as lead counsel for numerous businesses and employers in cases involving alleged deliberate intent
  • Representing financial institutions and other creditors in commercial litigation brought under state and federal consumer protection laws
  • Representing clients as lead counsel for numerous insurers in cases involving first party bad faith and violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, extra-contractual disputes and coverage issues
  • Representing clients as lead counsel in numerous cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and product liability
  • Representing clients as lead counsel in a statewide project initiated by a major insurance company to defend soft tissue personal injury cases
  • Serving as former assistant solicitor to large municipality and lead counsel for numerous municipalities under the Governmental Tort Claims and Insurance Reform Act

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Board of Governors 1995 - 2001)
  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Wheeling Police Civil Service Commission
  • Ohio County Bar Association
  • Belmont County (Ohio) Bar Association

Representative Reported Cases

  • Feroleto Steel Co., Inc. v. Oughton, 736 S.E.2d (W. Va. 2012)
  • Ruckdeschel v. Falcon Drilling Co., 693 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va.2010)
  • Sampson v. Chase Home Finance, 667 F.Supp. 2d 692 (S.D. W. Va. 2009)
  • Strum v. Swanson, 653 S.E.2d 667 (W. Va. 2007)
  • Parkette, Inc. v. Cornerstone Engineering, Inc., 617 S.E.2d 501 (W. Va.2005)
  • Weaver v. Edwin Shaw Hospital, 819 N.E.2d 1079 (Ohio 2004)
  • Adams v. Consolidated Rail Corporation, 591 S.E.2d 269 (W. Va. 2003)
  • Brown v. City of Wheeling, 569 S.E.2d.197 (W. Va. 2002)
  • Trafalgar House Construction, Inc. v. ZMM, Inc., et al., 567 S.E.2d 294 (W.Va. 2002)
  • Zelenka v. City of Weirton, 539 S.E.2d 750 (W. Va. 2000)
  • Camastro v. City of Wheeling, 49 F. Supp. 2d 500 (N.D. W. Va. 1998)
  • Jividen v. Law, 461 S.E.2d 451 (W. Va. 1995)
  • Marshall v. Saseen, 450 S.E.2d 791 (W. Va. 1994)
  • State ex rel. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Madden, 451 S.E.2d 721(W. Va.1994)
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