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Ryan Umina

Umina Legal, PLLC
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Ryan Umina
Umina Legal, PLLC

Mr. Umina has established himself as an exceptional trial lawyer, earning a reputation for his fierce advocacy and impressive accolades in the legal profession. Recognized multiple years in a row as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star and a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, he has also been honored by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) as a Top 10 Under 40 Attorney and acknowledged as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Furthermore, he has been inducted into the esteemed Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.

During his time at West Virginia University College of Law, Mr. Umina defied expectations by dedicating his efforts to becoming an exceptional trial lawyer. Selected for four national trial competition teams and inducted into the Order of the Barristers upon graduation, he showcased his exceptional skills by winning the school's prestigious Lugar Cup in 2016, an in-house trial competition.

Mr. Umina's remarkable success can be attributed to his unwavering commitment to going to trial and his exceptional skill set in doing so. He has a proven track record of trying numerous criminal and civil jury trials to verdict in various venues across West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the civil arena, he has secured multiple six-figure verdicts, while in criminal cases, he has successfully defended over a dozen felony charges, never having a client convicted of a felony at trial in a non-insanity defense case.

Above all, Mr. Umina takes great pride and responsibility in serving individuals and businesses during their most challenging times. Whether it's the devastating loss of a loved one, a catastrophic injury, or facing criminal charges, he understands the life-altering impact these events have on his clients. From day one, he provides unwavering support, guiding his clients through every facet of these unfortunate moments. As a business owner himself, Mr. Umina also possesses a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by different types of companies. He leverages a strong network of team members and associates to find and build the best path forward, tailored to each client's specific needs.


  • Attorney, Umina Legal, PLLC, Morgantown, WV
  • Attorney/Law Clerk, Cranston & Edwards, PLLC, Morgantown, WV
  • Intern, W.Va. Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Student Attorney, West Virginia University College of Law Legal Clinic 
  • Summer Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Huntington, WV

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers


  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Recipient of 2016 Lugar Cup
    • Jessup International Moot Court
    • Lugar Trial Association
    • Member of Four National Trial Competition Teams
    • CALI Awards – Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing; Race, Racism, and American Law Seminar
  • B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Certificate in Leadership

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • "The American Civil Jury Trial – History and Current Status," WVU Litigation CLE, Canaan Valley Resort, February 2018
  • "Protecting Your Canna-Business," Strategic Cannabis Conference, WVU College of Law, March 2019

Civic and Community Engagement

  • Monongalia County Fiduciary Commissioner
  • Board of Directors, West Virginia Public Theater (past member)
  • Stepping Stones Miracle League Sponsor

Mr. Umina's dedication to his clients and his impressive legal expertise make him a formidable advocate. Contact him today to benefit from his exceptional trial skills and unwavering commitment to achieving justice.

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