Attorney Paul O. Clay, Jr. has been serving southern
West Virginia since 1976. A native of southern
West Virginia, Paul O. Clay Jr. was born in 1951 in
Charleston, West Virginia.
He graduated from West
Virginia University in 1973 with a B.A. in Political
Science and minors in both History and English with
honors, and was a member of the Honorary Pi Sigma
Alpha Political Science Honorary Society.
Additionally, he served in the Student Legislature and
was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi social
Mr. Clay attended Washing and Lee
University School of Law, graduating in 1976 with his Juris Doctor. During law school he
was in the Legal Research
Association, Western State Legal Aid Association, and
served as a legal research assistant for the Virginia Polytech Institute Water Research Project.
He also met and married his wife Linda during this time.
Since his graduation from law school and subsequent
admittance to the State Bar of West Virginia in 1976,
Mr. Clay has gained
experience in insurance defense, litigation, residential
and business real estate transactions, business
transfers, as United States Trustee in Bankruptcy,
and in major coal transactions (including leases, coal
sales agreements, and business transfers).
Mr. Clay is admitted to practice in the West Virginia
Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts of the State of
West Virginia; United States District Court of the
Southern Districts of West Virginia; United States
District Court of the Northern District of West
Virginia; and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He has served as a District Committee
Chairman for the Character Committee of the State
Bar, and Chairman of the Fayette County Public
Additionally, Paul is proud husband to Linda
Clay, a Fayette County teacher. He is the father of
Christopher, Nathan, Katherine, and Rachael. He
has remained actively involved in his local church,
Doggett Chapel, where he serves as Lay Leader and church
Back row from left to right: Nathan, Katherine, Nick, Christopher, and Stephanie
Front row from left to righ: Jonathon, Evelynn Hall, Evelynn Clay, Paul, Elizabeth, Linda, Rachael, Bryan, and Justin