Robert G. McCoid

Robert G. McCoid


Location: Wheeling, West Virginia

Phone: 304-232-6750

Fax: 304-232-3548

Email: [email protected]

Robert McCoid is an intense litigator with twenty years of trial and courtroom experience concentrating heavily in criminal defense and civil rights matters rooted in excessive force and unlawful arrests. He has successfully defended a dozen murder indictments and dozens of serious felonies ranging from sexual assaults, robberies, gun offenses, malicious woundings, and drug possession and distribution conspiracies in State and Federal courts throughout West Virginia. He has also defended hundreds of DUI, simple batteries, and domestic assault cases. He is a proud member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, and the West Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. McCoid deeply and firmly believes that the Bill of Rights in the United States is under attack by our legislators, the police, and prosecutors, and, unless vigorously defended in and out of court, our civil liberties will be lost. This reason accounts for why he strives to challenge every premise of every piece of proof the government seeks to offer against our clients as it seeks to prosecute, convict and incarcerate them. The right to a jury trial in a criminal case is the second greatest civil liberty we enjoy in this country behind freedom of speech and the press, and it must be exercised often or it will be lost.

While Mr. McCoid does make time for a civil practice, including general personal injury work, his civil practice is concentrated on civil rights claims for excessive force usually associated with unlawful arrests. Merely because a citizen is verbally assertive or has the audacity to challenge the authority of the police does not justify an arrest. In his experience, police administrators generally do not discipline officers who engage in such atrocious conduct, so the only remedy with which citizens are left is to bring civil rights claims in federal court. It is his great honor to use his talents as a trial lawyer to serve his clients by defending their civil rights and liberties in both criminal prosecutions and civil actions.

As well, Mr. McCoid both litigates, and has been qualified as an expert witness in, post-conviction state habeas corpus proceedings.

In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, Mr. McCoid was honored to have been selected by his peers for inclusion on the list of West Virginia Super Lawyers for general criminal defense. Super Lawyers, which is a list published by Thompson Reuters, chooses no more than five percent of practicing attorneys from a given state for inclusion on its list following nomination by other practicing attorneys. Mr. McCoid was one of only two lawyers in West Virginia selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense between 2012-2014.

As well, Mr. McCoid’s fellow lawyers have rated him “AV – Preeminent” with the well regarded peer review publication Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating that can be accorded to a lawyer by his fellow practitioners for demonstrated excellence in the areas of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense (State and Federal Courts)
  • Civil Rights Claims (Plaintiff)
  • General Civil Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009


West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia

  • J.D.

The American University, School of Public Affairs, Washington, District of Columbia

  • B.A. – 1989
  • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Ohio County Bd. of Educ. v. Hopkins, 457 S.E.2d 537 (W. Va. 1995)
  • Lawyer Disciplinary Bd. v. Friend, 489 S.E.2d 750 (W. Va. 1997
  • Foster v. City of Keyser, 501 S.E.2d 165 (W. Va. 1997)
  • State ex rel. Youth Services Systems, Inc. v. Wilson, 515 S.E.2d 594 (W. Va. 1999)
  • State ex rel. Kahle v. Risovich, 518 S.E.2d 74 (W. Va. 1999)
  • State v. Harris, 531 S.E.2d 340 (W. Va. 2000)
  • Andersen, et ux. v. Haynes, et al. (2009 WL 2591277, N.D.W.Va.)
  • In re: Hunter H., 715 S.E.2d 397 (W. Va. 2011)
  • State v. McGill, 741 S.E.2d 127 (W. Va. 2013)
  • Dale v. Veltri, 741 S.E.2d 823 (W. Va. 2013)
  • In re: Hunter H., 744 S.E.2d 228 (W. Va. 2013)
  • Dale v. Oakland, 763 S.E.2d 434 (W. Va. 2014)


  • Adjunct Professor, Wheeling Jesuit University-Criminal Law, 2005, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, West Virginia Northern Community College-Criminal Law, 1995 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present
  • National College for DUI Defense, 2007 – Present
  • West Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers Association, 2009 – present

Past Employment Positions

  • Schrader, Byrd & Companion, P.L.L.C., Associate Attorney, 1994-1997
  • Sims & McCoid, Partner, 1997 – 2004
  • Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant, 1997, 1998 – 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, State Bar Committee on Lawyer Assistance & Intervention, 2007 – 2011, 2013 – present
  • Board Member, First Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporation, 2009 - Present