Summary of Qualifications

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

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

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.


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


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