Allen Prunty has served the West Virginia Department of Revenue as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel since March 2017. He is the Cabinet Secretary’s chief legal adviser and legal liaison with the department’s 10 agencies, the Governor’s Office, the Office of the Attorney General, the Legislature and the general public. Mr. Prunty also serves as the Privacy Officer for the Department of Revenue.
Before he entered public service, Prunty spent 22 years as a litigation attorney with the Jackson Kelly law firm in Charleston, West Virginia, four years in New York City working for an offshore investment bank and the New York City Law Department (Special Litigation Unit), and 11 years as a litigation and commercial transactions attorney in the Charleston offices of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. He served in various management positions during his 22 years with Jackson Kelly.
Prunty is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and New York, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has represented clients in toxic tort, personal injury, constitutional law, and commercial litigation before state and federal courts, and in administrative litigation before the United States Department of Labor and the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Office of Administrative Law Judges, Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, Occupational Pneumoconiosis Board and Human Rights Commission. He also has experience in business law, commercial transactions and campaign finance law; and he served as general counsel for the West Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Prior to joining Governor Justice’s administration, Prunty was a frequent speaker at legal seminars and professional conferences. He also taught Legal Research & Writing at the University of Charleston for seven years, and he has published articles regarding the Federal Black Lung Act, captive insurance companies, and campaign finance law.
Prunty earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served on the Moot Court Board and wrote for the Law Review. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. He lives in South Charleston and is a proud father and grandfather.
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