J. Brandon Shumaker – Morgantown Lawyer

Attorney – Member

J. Brandon Shumaker – Morgantown Lawyer came to West Virginia University in 2001 as a pre-law, political science major before enrolling in the West Virginia University College of Law in 2005.  Prior to graduating law school in 2008, Brandon accepted a position with an insurance defense firm in Mercer County, West Virginia, where he is from originally.  In 2012, Brandon returned to Morgantown, where he established his own practice focusing on criminal defense of felony and misdemeanor charges, representation of West Virginia University students before the West Virginia University Student Conduct Board, and personal injury cases.

In 2019, Brandon and Tyler Slavey joined their practices to form the firm of Slavey & Shumaker PLLC, where Brandon continues to focus his practice on personal injury and criminal defense.

Brandon has appeared before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and in the following West Virginia Counties: Boone, Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Logan, Marion, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Raleigh, Summers, Taylor, and Wyoming.

Practice Areas


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Juris Doctorate – 2008
  • West Virginia University, Bachelor of Science – 2005


  • Super Lawyers – Criminal Defense Rising Star (2019-2023)
  • Selected “Top 10 Under 40 Attorney in West Virginia” – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Nominated “10 Best Attorney” Personal Injury Law – American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • “10 Best” Attorneys for Client Satisfaction (2019)
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer – National Trial Lawyer (2019)
  • CALI Award for Highest Grade in Class – Advanced Criminal Procedure (WVU College of Law 2008)
  • CALI Award for Highest Grade in Class – Business Torts (WVU College of Law 2008)
  • Trial Advocacy – Best Overall Trial (WVU College of Law 2008)
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney – Criminal Defense (2014, 2015)
  • Nominated Top 40 Under 40 – The National Trial Lawyers
  • Nominated “10 Best Attorney” for Criminal Defense Law – American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Top 10 Under 40 – National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Clients’ Choice (2014, 2015) – AVVO

Work History

  • Attorney, Member – Slavey & Shumaker PLLC (2019 to Present)
  • Attorney – J. Brandon Shumaker, Attorney at Law (2012 to 2019)
  • Of Counsel – Brewer & Giggenbach, PLLC (2012 to 2019)
  • Business Law, Adjunct Professor – West Virginia University (2017 to 2017)
  • Attorney – Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Carruth, Kersey, Moore & Stafford, PLLC (2008 to 2012)
  • Research Assistant – West Virginia University College of Law (2007 to 2008)
  • Intern – Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (2006 to 2006)


  • American Bar Association
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Associated for Justice
  • West Virginia State Bar – Young Lawyers Section
  • West Virginia Young Lawyers, Executive Committee (2011-2012)


J. Brandon Shumaker - Morgantown Lawyer

J. Brandon Shumaker – Morgantown Lawyer