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Gov. Justice appoints Paul Gwaltney Jr. to 17th Judicial Circuit

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he appointed Paul W. Gwaltney Jr. as judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit, which serves Monongalia County.

Gwaltney graduated in the top 15% of his class at WVU College of Law in 2003, where he served on West Virginia Law Review as an associate editor and an executive research editor.

In 2013, Gwaltney was named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

In his spare time, Gwaltney attends Calvary Chapel Morgantown, where his family has worshiped for the last 10 years.

Justice also announced Robert Ryan as judge for the circuit that covers Mineral, Grant and Tucker counties.

Ryan earned an undergraduate degree from WVU and graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He worked as a personal injury lawyer with Headley Law Firm, which is based in Morgantown.