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Elgine McArdle

McArdle Law Office
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Elgine McArdle
McArdle Law Office
Wheeling,
 WV

McArdle Law Office specializes in handling complex and often emotionally charged family law issues. A solo practitioner, Ms. McArdle also handles federal criminal defense cases as well as some corporate, and general civil litigation with a client base of approximately 100 clients. McArdle Law Office recently relocated to a renovated building in Center Market located at 2139 Market Street, Wheeling, WV.

Ms. McArdle runs a full time law practice as a solo practitioner having practiced law for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Second Vice-President of the Ohio County Bar Association. Ms. McArdle began her legal career as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of West Virginia, working there for five (5) years prosecuting federal crime including narcotics and fraud. She served as the Ethics Officer under William Kolibash, former U.S. Attorney. While there, Ms. McArdle designed and implemented the first Victim Witness Assistance Program for the District.

After leaving the United States Attorney's Office, Ms. McArdle joined the local law firm of Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser and Altmeyer, where she expanded her legal career by participating in corporate litigation matters. In 1997, Ms. McArdle entered a partnership with Ronald Musser and stayed in the partnership until 2001, when she opened her own firm known as McArdle Law Office which she has operated continually since then.

Ms. McArdle spends a great deal of time giving back to the community having been active in the local and state hockey community for the past twelve years. She has coached and managed hockey teams, held positions on the Wheeling Amateur and Morgantown Amateur Hockey Association Boards and currently serves as Vice President for the State of West Virginia and the Safe Sports Coordinator in the MidAmerican District of USA Hockey.

Ms. McArdle is also active in the Republican party and has served on the Ohio County Republican Executive Committee since 2005. She was chosen to Chair the Ohio County Republican Executive Committee in early 2009. She was a member of the Republican Women of Northern Panhandle West Virginia, served on the State of West Virginia Republican Executive Committee for 1st Senatorial District from 2006 - 2009, was an alternate Delegate for the 2008 Republican National Convention, and vetted as a Delegate for Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Elgine is an accomplished attorney with over twenty-three years of litigation experience including federal prosecution, domestic law, corporate issues, and criminal defense. She began her career as a federal prosecutor for five years in the Northern District of West Virginia, followed by private practice both with a law firm and as a solo practitioner. Career highlights include the following:

At the U.S. Attorney's Office

- Maintained a record of 100% conviction on cases tried as lead counsel.
- Designed and implemented the Federal Victim witness program for the United States Attorney's Office.
- Appointed Ethics Officer by the United States Attorney: implemented necessary procedures for policing compliance of Department of Justice Ethics regulations.

In the area of criminal defense

- Saved a pilot airman's certificate despite narcotic trafficking by obtaining a waiver of revocation from the director of the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Defended murderers, drug dealers, DUIs and internet crime

In the area of domestic relations

- Successfully litigated 100% of contested custody disputes in cases involving the father
as the primary residential parent
- Successfully set aside a prenuptial agreement in a million dollar marital estate
- Took doctor's child support obligation from $2000 per month to $420 per month

In general litigation

- Has achieved published opinions in appellate cases taken before the
West Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Licensed in WV, OH, USSC, Arizona Federal Court, Federal Court
of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Districts

Education

- 1979-1982 Mount de Chantal
- 1986-1989 University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA Juris Doctor
- 1982-1986 Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA B.A. Political Science, Business Administration

Accomplished attorney with over twenty-three years of trial experience including federal prosecution, criminal defense in federal and state courts as well as civil litigation in federal and state courts. Career highlights include the following:

- Extensive comprehension of practical similarities and differences in the
implementation of pretrial, trial and post trial issues in criminal cases within federal court
- Knowledge of procedures and substantive law within several districts of the federal criminal justice system.
- Participation in courtroom trials in over 30 cases tried in federal and state courts,
averaging about 2 trials per year.
- Published opinions in both state and federal appellate courts in both civil and criminal cases.
- Successfully litigated 100% of contested custody disputes in cases involving
the father as the primary residential parent
- Successfully litigated 100% of municipal condemnation cases

Work experience

04/01/01 to present McARDLE LAW OFFICES Wheeling, WV
Solo Practitioner, Owner

- Practice concentrating in criminal defense, domestic, corporate, and
general civil litigation with a client base of approximately 100 clients.
- Defend individuals charged with criminal violations in federal and state courts
- Represent individuals in the prosecution and defense of domestic relations matters addressing complex relationships with special emphasis in child custody and support issues.
- Defend corporate clients in areas of employment contract disputes and job related injuries.
- Prosecute personal injury cases involving auto accidents and medical malpractice.

01/01/97 to 04/01/01 MUSSER & McARDLE, L.C. Wheeling, WV
Partnership

Partner in a small general practice law firm concentrated in the areas of criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, real estate and corporate law.

09/01/94 to 01/01/97 PHILLIPS, GARDILL, KAISER & ALTMEYER Wheeling, WV
Associate

Associate in a law firm of eleven attorneys which concentrated in commercial law.

06/89 to 09/94 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Wheeling, WV
Special Assistant United States Attorney, Law Enforcement / Victim Witness Coordinator

- Researched, investigated, prepared and tried countless criminal
cases ranging from white collar crime to narcotics.
- Designed and implemented the Federal Victim Witness program for the United States Attorney's Office.
- Appointed Ethics Officer by the United States Attorney: implemented
necessary procedures for policing compliance of Department of Justice Ethics regulations.
- Prepared responses to prisoner habeas petitions.
- Prepared numerous appellate briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Fostered relationships between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies through the coordination of law enforcement training in the Northern District of West Virginia.
- Trained, supervised and managed all support staff assigned to the criminal section of the United States Attorney's Office in the area of victim witness issues; supervised and managed special authorizations for witness vouchers.

Education

1986 - 1989 University of Pittsburgh School of Law Pittsburgh, PA
Juris Doctor

- Moot Court Semi-Finalist (8/256)
- Trial Moot Court
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court certification: appeared in court proceedings
- Student Director Legal Assistance Program
- Teaching Assistant

1982 - 1986 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
B.A. Political Science, Business Administration

- Dean's List
- Student College Senate

Professional Associations

Supreme Courts Appellate Courts U.S. District Courts
NACDL

United States
Third Circuit
Northern District
West Virginia

West Virginia Trial Lawyers West Virginia Fourth Circuit Southern District
West Virginia
Ohio County Bar
(Secretary 3 years) Ohio District of Arizona


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