WHEELING — U.S. Attorney Bill Powell has hired four new Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of West Virginia, including a Weirton native.
Christopher L. Bauer, Eleanor F. Hurney, Maximilian F. Nogay and Clayton J. Reid were sworn in over the past few months.
“A position as an Assistant United States Attorney is a coveted one. We receive dozens of applications for every one opening, and many of the applicants are highly qualified. Ultimately, we hire the best person for the position, and we have done so again. I am very proud of our team in this district, and I am confident that our new Assistant United States Attorneys will continue the great work our district is recognized for,” said Powell.
Nogay, a Weirton Madonna alumnus, is a 2018 graduate of WVU College of Law. After graduation, he joined the law firm of Sellitti, Nogay & Nogay in Weirton, handling a variety of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania as the firm’s primary associate attorney.
While in law school, Nogay won the Lugar Cup, WVU’s annual in-house trial competition, and competed in the National Moot Court Competition held at the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit.
He was also a four-year varsity athlete for the West Virginia University baseball team.
Nogay is working in the District’s Wheeling office in the civil division.
Bauer received his undergrad degree in legal studies and political science, and a minor in philosophy, from William Paterson University in New Jersey, then his JD/MBA from West Virginia University, where he served on the West Virginia Law Review and the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as a litigation associate in the Bridgeport, W.Va., office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. From 2017 to 2018, he served as a term law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble. From 2018-2020, he served as a term law clerk for the Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley. Bauer is working in the criminal division in the District’s Clarksburg office.
Hurney is a 2017 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. After graduating from WVU in May 2017, she clerked for U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling, for Judge Stephanie D. Thacker with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and, most recently with Judge Frank W. Volk while he was the Chief U. S. Bankruptcy Judge in Southern West Virginia and as a U. S. District Judge in Charleston. She is working in the criminal division in the Martinsburg office.
Reid is a native of Fredericksburg, Va. He received his Bachelor of Science in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2009. Following graduation, Reid served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer until 2014, including one tour in Afghanistan.
He received his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2017, where he was a member of the West Virginia Law Review, Veterans Advocacy Clinic, and Order of the Coif. Following graduation from law school, Reid served as a term law clerk for the Honorable John Preston Bailey until joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia this year. He works in the District’s Wheeling office in the criminal division.
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