Michael S. Garrison
Co-Chair, Health Care Practice Group | Member in Charge of Morgantown Office
Morgantown, WV
office 304.291.7926
mobile 304.276.9015
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Mr. Garrison's primary areas of practice are health care law, commercial and labor and employment litigation, higher education, government relations, corporate governance and board advising, appellate work, and business planning and management. He is a member of the Executive Committee.


  • West Virginia University, B.A. in Political Science and English Literature,1992
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England, St. Anne's College, Rotary International Scholar, 1992 - 1993
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1996


  • Advising health care clients on a diverse array of matters, including heath care laws and regulations, legislation, contracts, corporate governance, litigation, mergers/acquisitions, and reorganizations/bankruptcy
  • Representing business and individual clients in federal, state, and local government relations matters
  • Drafting and promoting legislation and administrative rules before the West Virginia Legislature and Executive Branch, including testifying before various legislative committees and administrative bodies
  • Drafting and negotiating all types of contracts and agreements
  • Performing due diligence investigations in mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions (including bankruptcy)
  • Extensive mediation, trial, trial preparation, and appellate experience before federal and state courts
  • Extensive media and crisis management experience for several clients
  • Serving as General Counsel to specific hospital and higher education clients
  • President, West Virginia University, 2007 - 2008
  • Chief of Staff to the Office of Governor Bob Wise, 2001 - 2003
  • Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, 2001
  • Administrative Assistant, Office of Senator Robert C. Byrd, 1992
Appellate Litigation Business Expansion & Development Compliance, Privacy & Investigations Education Law Government Contracts Government Relations Health Care Law Labor & Employment Law Litigation Mergers & Acquisitions Nursing Homes Shale Gas Law Technology


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment Law
  • Selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Jaycees, 2004
  • Selected as Toll Fellow for excellence in public service by the Council of State Governments, 2003
  • Selected by Student Government Association for outstanding contribution to students of West Virginia University


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia


  • Guest Lecturer, The George Washington University, Higher Education Leadership & Policy, 2009 - present
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Big East Conference Council of Presidents, 2007 - 2008
  • Member, Council of Presidents, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 2007 - 2008
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 2003 - 2007
  • West Virginia University Alumni Association National Board, 2001 - 2007
  • Governor's Commission on Governing in the 21st Century, 2004
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