Michael G. Gallaway

Contact Details

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Product Liability

Michael G. Gallaway is an experienced and versatile first-chair trial lawyer, litigator and advisor. He prepares each case with the objective of winning for his clients at trial. With his 30+ years of experience, Mike exemplifies the philosophy that all battles are won before they are fought, and his pre-trial diligence and preparation, including identification and development of relevant issues, facts and witnesses, translates into focused, zealous and persuasive courtroom advocacy.

Licensed in the state and federal courts of both West Virginia and Ohio, Mike has acted as lead counsel in numerous professional malpractice and construction-related cases, including successful defense of attorneys, insurance agents, architects, engineers, construction companies and contractors. He has successfully represented his clients in cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and workplace injury. He has successfully represented financial institutions and other creditors in commercial litigation brought under state and federal consumer protection laws, and also has extensive experience in bad-faith insurance litigation, extra-contractual disputes and insurance coverage issues, as well as in class actions and complex litigation.

As evidenced by his numerous reported decisions, Mike also has an outstanding record of successfully representing his clients at the appellate level. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and has also appeared in cases argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, and both the Fourth and Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Mike’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, national and international insurers, and regional, state and local businesses. His trial and litigation experience also allow him to act as an advisor to corporate leadership and legal teams. He is often relied upon as a trusted advisor to assess and avoid risk and to balance competing business objectives and legal considerations for his clients.

Mike has remained active in legal organizations and also serves his community. He is a member of Defense Research Institute and Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (having previously served two terms as a member of the Board of Governors), and is also a former member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Mike is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Wheeling YMCA, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Inc., and as a member of the City of Wheeling Police Civil Service Commission.

Mike graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was on the Moot Court Board, and also from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with honors. Mike and his wife, Terra, are the parents of three children, Christopher, Megan and Jennifer, and reside in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Reported Decisions

  1. Rose v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 766 F. 3d 532 (6th Cir. 2014)
  2. Eddy v. Tidd, 2014-Ohio-4616, 2014 Ohio App. LEXIS 4513 (2014)
  3. May v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co., 2013 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 113407, 56 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 1673 (2013)
  4. Feroleto Steel Co., Inc. v. Oughton, 736 S.E.2d (W. Va. 2012)
  5. Caufield v. EMC Mortgage Corp., 803 F. Supp. 2d 519 (S.D. W. Va. 2011)
  6. Fanase v. Liberty Life Assur. Co., 2011 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 48416, 51 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 1673 (2011)
  7. Ruckdeschel v. Falcon Drilling Co., 693 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va. 2010)
  8. Sampson v. Chase Home Finance, 667 F. Supp. 2d 692 (S.D. W. Va. 2009)
  9. Strum v. Swanson, 653 S.E.2d 667 (W. Va. 2007)
  10. Parkette, Inc. v. Cornerstone Engineering, Inc., 617 S.E.2d 501 (W. Va. 2005)
  11. Weaver v. Edwin Shaw Hospital, 819 N.E.2d 1079 (Ohio 2004)
  12. Adams v. Consolidated Rail Corporation, 591 S.E.2d 269 (W. Va. 2003)
  13. Brown v. City of Wheeling, 569 S.E.2d 197 (W. Va. 2002)
  14. Trafalgar House Construction, Inc. v. ZMM, Inc., et al., 567 S.E.2d 294 (W. Va. 2002)
  15. Zelenka v. City of Weirton, 539 S.E.2d 750 (W. Va. 2000)
  16. Camastro v. City of Wheeling, 49 F. Supp. 2d 500 (N.D. W. Va. 1998), aff’d, No. 98-2589 (4th Cir. 1999)
  17. Jividen v. Law, 461 S.E.2d 451 (W. Va. 1995)
  18. Marshall v. Saseen, 450 S.E.2d 791 (W. Va. 1994)
  19. State ex rel. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Madden, 451 S.E.2d 721 (W. Va. 1994)