Hon. John F. McCuskey

John F. McCuskey

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John F. McCuskey began his association with Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC in 1999, following his service as the 70th Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Born and educated in Clarksburg, Mr. McCuskey’s career in law was preceded by his election to the West Virginia State Legislature in 1972, while he was still a student at West Virginia University College of Law. Over the next 10 years, he combined a family law practice with his career in public service in his native Harrison County, West Virginia. In these endeavors, he gained experience and expertise in the formulation of legislation and governmental policy as well as all areas of commercial and individual litigation.


After serving as West Virginia’s Commissioner of Finance and Administration from 1985 to 1988, Mr. McCuskey became a partner in the firm of Campbell Woods Bagley in Charleston. For 10 years, his trial practice concentrated on products liability and insurance defense in which he successfully represented clients in federal and state court trials throughout West Virginia. Appointed by Governor Cecil Underwood to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 1998, he authored 10 majority opinions and numerous concurrences and dissents during his year on the state’s highest court.


As a co-founder of the firm of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC, Mr. McCuskey has continued his active litigation practice in professional negligence defense, coal, gas, energy-related law, and arbitration, mediation and expert witness services focusing on professional malpractice and mineral law disputes. His standing in the legal community has earned Mr. McCuskey Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” Rating, which signifies that peers rank him at preeminent levels of legal ability and professional ethics.


Mr. McCuskey’s two children have followed in their father’s footsteps in law-related careers. Daughter, Liz, is a law professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, specializing in Health Care Law, and son, J.B., also an attorney, served in the WV State Legislature and was elected West Virginia State Auditor in 2016.

Year I was appointed by Governor as Justice on Supreme Court of Appeals of WV
Number of years practicing law
Year I was elected to the WV State Legislature while still in law school


Honors and Awards

  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Distinguished Faculty Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Education of Lawyers and the Judiciary
  • Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Education of Lawyers and the Judiciary

Professional Associations and Memberships