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Michael A. Secret



  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, May 2016
    • Emphasis: Labor and Employment Law
      • Order of the Barristers
      • Baker Cup Appellate Advocacy Competition Finalist
      • Moot Court
      • West Virginia University College of Law Supreme Court Clinic
      • Research Assistant to Professor Robert M. Bastress
      • CALI Award: Appellate Advocacy
  • B.A., West Virginia University, August 2013
    • English
    • Emphasis: Professional Writing and Editing
      • Summa Cum Laude


  • West Virginia State Courts
  • United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


The son of small business owners in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Michael Secret understands professional clients’ needs while covering a wide range of legal areas. Since 2016 Michael has represented large companies, local businesses, municipalities, and individuals in state and federal court. In addition to his litigation experience, Michael also has experience in estate planning and transactional work for a wide variety of individuals and entities. Another area that Michael specializes in is election law, as he has presided over municipal election contests and Senatorial recounts.

“I believe that adaptability is the best trait that a lawyer can have. It is important to be versatile because the issues that your clients experience are ever-changing.”

Michael resides in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, West Virginia, and is a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Clarksburg. In addition, he is a former board member for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival and a member of the Clarksburg Columbian Club, serving as its President from 2020-2021. When he isn’t working or lending his time to his community, you can find Michael cheering for the Mountaineers, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals.


Professional Involvement

  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    • Publication Chair, Government and Political Subcommittee
  • American Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Attendee of the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, 2016 – Present
  • Clarksburg Columbian Club
    • Chair, Board of Directors, 2022
    • President, 2020 - 2021
    • Vice President, 2016 – 2019
  • Member, Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, 2018 – Present
  • Assistant wrestling coach, Robert C. Byrd High School, 2016 – 2017 seasons
  • Assistant wrestling coach, Morgantown High School, 2011 – 2015 seasons


Additional Legal Experience

  • McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner, LC – Clarksburg, WV
    • Associate (2016 – 2019)
  • Built paralegal education courses for the West Virginia Junior College



Practice Concentrations

  • General Civil Defense Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Transactions
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