Joseph G. Nogay

A Veteran Trial Lawyer with Extensive Experience Representing Individuals and Corporations


Mr. Nogay has earned a national reputation for his advocacy skills during his more than thirty-five (35) years of practice. In addition to representing individuals, large banks and an extensive group of Fortune 500 companies and other multi-national corporations from across the country, Mr. Nogay is frequently asked, by the largest law firms in the country, to serve as local counsel in matters pending in both state and federal courts. The law firms who have asked Mr. Nogay to co-counsel with them in complex litigation include law firms from New York, Texas, California, Illinois, Minnesota and North Carolina.


Mr. Nogay’s practice is unique in that he has successfully represented individuals, major banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other major corporations from throughout the United States. He has also represented multiple coal companies, energy companies, health care groups and physicians, 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 in legal proceedings. Mr. Nogay has achieved tens of millions of dollars in verdicts or settlements for individuals and corporations in various types of court proceedings and he has successfully won dismissal for corporate clients he has represented. Those areas where Mr. Nogay has successfully litigated verdicts and settlements for his clients including inter-company legal proceedings (both prosecuting and defending), personal injury cases (both prosecuting and defending), product liability (both prosecuting and defending), medical malpractice (both prosecuting and defending) and proceedings in the energy sector (both prosecuting and defending).

Mr. Nogay’s practice in the energy sector has recently pivoted from representing coal companies to representing clients in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Nogay has been actively litigating cases involving major oil and gas leases, including royalties owed thereunder, for energy companies, private equity groups and landowners. 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 represented clients in cases in state courts throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, and in federal district and appeals courts of several different jurisdictions.


Mr. Nogay attended West Virginia University, where he graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. While in college, Mr. Nogay was a member of several academic honorary societies. Mr. Nogay received his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University’s College of Law, 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 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.


During his career, Mr. Nogay is frequently recognized for his court room success and excellence. Those honors include Mr. Nogay’s selection 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 lifetime membership into the elite Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum for his monetary courtroom successes for his clients. 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 is a member of the Inns of Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He has attained a peer-reviewed “Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards” from Martindale-Hubbell.

In addition to being asked to speak at seminars for other lawyers, Mr. Nogay has served as the Vice Chairman of the West Virginia State Bar’s Real Estate Committee, as City Solicitor for Chester, West Virginia and has served on a variety of charitable, civic, professional, and bank boards


Mr. Nogay was born in Weirton, West Virginia. 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 Charlotte, North Carolina 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.


Mr. Nogay can be contacted at or by calling 304-723-1400.

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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