Addair

Horter

Suleiman

Taylor

CHARLESTON -- Bailey & Wyant PLLC has announced the hire of four new attorneys to their Charleston office.

Mike Addair has been hired as an associate at Bailey & Wyant's Charleston office. Mike comes to Bailey & Wyant from Huddleston Bolen LLC and has focused his practice primarily on the representation of businesses and individuals in the areas of products liability, mass torts, toxic torts, deliberate intent litigation, professional liability, personal injury, and general insurance defense.

While studying at West Virginia University College of Law, Mike served on the Executive Committee of the West Virginia Law Review. He is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law (2007) and Marshall University (2003) and is a Bartley native. Mike was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in October of 2007.

He has also been admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Joe Horter joins Bailey & Wyant as Of Counsel. Joe has tried more than 40 jury trials in Federal and State court and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including predatory lending litigation; construction litigation; personal injury defense; and creditor bankruptcy.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from West Virginia University in 1982 and then received his law degree from Northern Ohio University in 1985. Joe was admitted to the West Virginia and South Carolina bars in 1985. He is also admitted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and to the West Virginia Northern and Southern District Courts.

He currently is a member of the West Virginia Wheelers Bicycle Club, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society and currently serves as Secretary of the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association, Inc. He resides in Charleston with his wife, Monica.

Suleiman Oko-ogua has been hired as an associate in the Charleston office. Originally from Nigeria, Suleiman came to the United States to attend Berea College where he studied Biology and graduated with his Bachelors of Arts in 2001. Suleiman continued his education at the University of Kentucky Law School where he graduated in 2004. He practiced in Kentucky for three years as a prosecutor and as private attorney focusing his practice on custody, personal injury, civil rights and employment law cases. Suleiman has also practiced in Huntington, where he defended major railroad companies in various tort actions and was involved in the defense of medical device companies and product liability.

Suleiman is admitted to practice law before the Kentucky Supreme Court, Maryland Court of Appeals (inactive) and West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Michael Taylor is a 2011 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif and has been hired as an associate at Bailey & Wyant after completing a clerkship at Bailey & Wyant during the summer of 2010. While in Law School, Michael was a member of the West Virginia University Law Review. He had an article published in volume 113 of the West Virginia Law Review. He spent his last year of law school working in the Clinical Law Program, where he worked on various general civil cases and also Innocence Project cases. Michael earned his Bachelors of Art in Political Science in 2008.

Michael was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the Bar for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in October 2011.

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