Mike Woelfel

Mike Woelfel

Candidacy for State Senate

11/17/13

Mike Woelfel, Huntington lawyer and businessman, announced his candidacy today for the West Virginia State Senate. Speaking before a crowd at the Cabell County Courthouse, Woelfel said that the theme of his campaign will be "progress, not politics.”

"Far too often West Virginia has been held back by senseless conflict and bitterness," Woelfel said. "We do not need to abandon principle, but we do need to work together across party lines to find common ground and help West Virginia progress.”

"I intend to wage a vigorous campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination in May and win in the general election in November, 2014." Woelfel told supporters.

Woelfel is a lifelong resident of Huntington, a graduate of Marshall University and the West Virginia University College of Law. He is married to the former Julia Bryant and the father of Matthew Woelfel, his law partner, and Magistrate Michael J. Woelfel.

Mike Woelfel

Mike Woelfel

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St. Joseph Cathoic High School
Marshall University: BA, History, 1974
West Virginia University: Juris Doctor, 1978

1978-1980 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cabell County
21 Trials to Jury verdict
1980-2010 Juvenile Court Referee
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Judicial Officer presiding over 20,000 Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings
1978-Present General Law Practice
Partner, Matthew J. Woelfel
1980-2004 Adjunct Professor (45 Semesters), Marshall University
Legal Studies & Criminal Justice
2013 Partner, Thorn Tree Apartments, LLC
Residential Real Estate
65 Units adjacent to Marshall University
2007-Present Legal Counsel, O.J. Mayo, before the WV Supreme Court of Appeals, as well as Contract negotiation, miscellaneous legal matters
1989-1990 Public Corruption Litigation,
Special Prosecuting Attorney, assigned to Prosecute the Prosecuting Attorney of Mingo County, West Virginia, and related criminal matters
1984-1986 Special Commissioner, Cabell County Circuit Court
Presided over child custody and divorce actions
1996-Present Personal Legal Counsel to
Sheriff of Cabell County (Sheriffs Adkins, Fields, Wolfe, McComas)
2008-2012 Personal Legal Counsel to
Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe
2002-2003 Personal Legal Counsel to
Huntington Mayor David Felinton
General matters as well as Impeachment Proceedings
April 21, 1980 Time Magazine
"Judicare" for the poor
June 1980 National Public Radio
Child Custody and Divorce Issues
October 1984 Voice of America
Juvenile Delinquency Issues
July 1995 Testified as an expert on Youth Violence Issues,
West Virginia Legislature Interim Committee Meetings
October 1995 WPBY-TV, Huntington, WV
Statewide follow-up to Broadcast of PBS Frontline - Youth Violence in America
April 1997 State Conference, West Virginia Social Workers Assoc.
Youth issues presented with the Hon. Larry Starcher, Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
April 2000 WPBY-TV
Firing Line - Statewide broadcast on youth violence issues
2002-2008 Board of Directors
Weed & Seed Federal Grant Committee for Community Improvement
2002 Inductee - St. Joseph Catholic High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
2001-2008 West Virginia Department of Education - Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition Team, Office of Institutional Education Programs
2000-04 Time Out Youth Shelter Community Team
1999-2005 Chair, Village of Barboursville, Police Hearing Board
1997-2004 Member, Governor's Committee on Crime and Delinquency
1980-Present Numerous presentations/legal seminars, Marshall students, etc.
1992-Present Member, Board of Directors, Forest Management, Inc.
Non-profit corporation dedicated to the purchase and operation of residential properties to provide housing for individuals with chronic mental health issues. Vice President 1996-97
1991-1993 Parliamentarian, Cabell County
Democratic Executive Committee
1981-2008 Member, Family Law Committee
West Virginia State Bar Association
1985-1993 Board of Directors
Time Out Youth Shelter
1986-1998 Board of Directors
A-D Lewis Youth Recreational Center
1987-1988 Retained as legal counsel by the Embassy of Iceland to represent Olaf Hensley
Hensley v Hensley - before the Circuit Court of Cabell County and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
1982-1985 Member, Governor's Committee on Crime and Delinquency
1981-1986 Board of Directors
Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
2002-2007 Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach (Boys)
Huntington High School (AAA State Champions 2005, 2006, 2007)
Coached 2 NBA Lottery selections: Mayo and Patterson
1996-2001 Herald Dispatch, Huntington, WV
Guest Sports Columnist
July 2013 Greenbrier Valley Quarterly Magazine, article
"Sinking Creek Suprise - One of the best strategic plans of the Civil War"

Member, West Virginia State Bar
Member, St. Joseph Catholic Church
Member, Trout Unlimited
Member, St. Joseph Mens Club

Mike Woelfel

Mike Woelfel

Mike Woelfel Devotes Himself to Helping Kids

By KELLY DONAHUE, The Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — If he isn't in a courtroom, on the basketball court, teaching or in his law office, changes are Mike Woelfel took five for a breather.

Not only is he a full-time lawyer, part-time juvenile court referee, assistant coach, part-time professor and mediator for the circuit court, he also is a husband and the father of two boys.

Although Woelfel is a man of many trades, he has a passion for kids.

For the past 20 years, he has served Cabell County juveniles who found themselves in trouble with the law. "I am their first contact with the court system," Woelfel said.

Woelfel decides which cases need to be sent to circuit court and which he can preside over. "I handle all minor offenses. Everything else goes up to circuit court," Woelfel said.

Woelfel took the job in 1980 thinking he would try it out for a year or two. "It's been 20 years, and I still love it," he said.

He estimates he has presided over 25,000 juvenile cases. "Occasionally, I may run into a parent or kid and I may not even remember them. But they will say 'thanks, you made a real difference.' That is gratification," Woelfel said.

But Woelfel's love of kids doesn't stop at the courtroom. He also teaches one law class at Marshall University and coaches high school basketball at St. Joe Central Catholic High. "I'm a volunteer coach at St. Joe, which is where I went to school," he said. Basketball is a passion he shares with his sons.

Smiling, Woelfel grabs a picture and identifies his sons among a group photo of the St. Joe basketball team. Woelfel is also pictured, standing beside the coach with a smile from ear to ear. "This was one of my greatest moments. The St. Joe Invitational Tournament. We had not won that in 29 years, and we won. I got to be right there in the middle of it. It was awesome," Woelfel said.

Woelfel's support of the school has been outstanding, said St. Joe Principal Tod Faller. "Mike is always supportive. He is one of the people I depend on the most."

Faller said Woelfel not only volunteers his time at the school, but also has supported students' tuition. "He is so caring. He will support a student and won't tell anyone about it," Faller said. Woelfel is one person the school couldn't do without, Faller said.

Faces of the Tri-State is a weekly feature in The Herald-Dispatch that profiles interesting people in the Tri-State area.

Mike Woelfel

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801 8th Street
Huntington, WV 25701

(304) 522-6249

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