The Current State of FOIA in West Virginia: From 2012 WVPA Annual Convention
Attorney Philip A. Reale, whose Charleston-based legal firm provided the WVPA with its legal hotline for member newspapers and lobbies on behalf of West Virginia newspapers, conducted the seminar. Reale provided valuable insight into a planned legislative study of the state’s FOIA regulations. He also gave an overview of the current law, update on court decisions impacting the law, and a tutorial on what reporters should do when drafting FOIA requests. The following video are his slides from the seminar:
Phil Reale is currently a Federal and State Legislative Affairs for state, national and multi-national clients; and, limited general practice of law with concentrations in oil and gas law and civil litigation.
His professional history includes, but is not limited to, Chief of Staff, for the Governor of WV, chairman of Government Relations Department, Robinson & McElwee Law Firm, General Council, Waco Oil & Gas Co., Inc., Prosecuting Attorney of Calhoun County, campaign manager for Caperton for Governor, and General Chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Legislative Council.
Phil is a graduate of Glenville State University and West Virginia University College of Law.
Phil's associate James Fealy, will also be available to assist you with your questions or problems. Jimmy has been a Government Relations Consultant with the Law Office of Philip A. Reale since May of 2004.
Formerly the youngest member elected to the 71st West Virginia Legislature, Fealy has many longstanding relationships with legislators and staffers that he has continuously fostered since his days in the House of Delegates. He has a keen understanding of the legislative process as he has seen it from the inside.
Fealy previously served as Executive Director of the Gilmer County Economic Development Association, a post he held for ten years. During his tenure with GCEDA, Fealy was instrumental in luring the Federal Bureau of Prisons to construct a $145 million medium-security prison employing nearly 300 people. Fealy helped the County secure nearly 14 million in grants for the infrastructure improvements needed to make the project a reality.
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Phil Reale 304-342-1891 • cell phone - 304-444-9329 • email@example.com
James Fealy 304-342-1891 • cell phone - 304-444-3442 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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