Executive Director/Legal Counsel
Philip A. Reale
Phil Reale is an attorney and government relations consultant who has vast experience in in a myriad of public policy areas ranging from oil and gas matters, as both an attorney and as lobbyist for the industry, healthcare policy, gaming and lottery laws in multiple jurisdictions around the U. S., economic development, alcohol policy, and e-government. He is a 1977 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. He has been an active member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, including one term as president of the organization and at all times an effective coordinator of public policy and legislative affairs for the industry in West Virginia. He served on the Board of Directors of Alliance Petroleum Corporation, an exploration and production company with operations in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He also served as the Independent Oil and Gas Association representative to Governor Tomblin’s Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. He is often found on the editorial pages of state newspapers offering comments on various issues confronting state government.
He rose to prominence in statewide political circles when in 1988, he chaired the transition team for incoming West Virginia Governor, Gaston Caperton and ultimately served the new governor as his Chief of Staff, a role that led him into a career of helping guide clients through legislative and government processes. He has served the state in a variety of capacities including that of its representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission for which he served as its Vice Chairman. Additionally, he Co-Chaired the Higher Education Advocacy Team and championed a higher education reform effort, served two terms as Chairman of the State College System of West Virginia Board of Directors, served on the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission, served on the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, served on the West Virginia Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund Board of Directors, and has held leadership positions in various political and civic organizations. He is the recipient of two Distinguished West Virginian Awards of Public Service.
Phil has routinely left his mark on statewide political campaigns over his many years of involvement in West Virginia politics and is often consulted by candidates seeking assistance with political strategies.
On the charitable side of the ledger, he has served as Chairman of Special Olympics of West Virginia, been an avid supporter of youth athletics, is the Chairman of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, a member of the West Virginia Golf Association Executive Committee and currently serves the organization as its vice-president and chair of its Long Term Planning Committee. Further, he serves on the Leadership Council of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute.
He is married to his wife of 40 plus years, the former Terry Smith of Vienna, West Virginia and has two sons, Philip A. Reale, II and Patrick Anthony Reale, both attorney as well.
Government Relations Specialist
James R. Fealy
Jimmy has been with the Law Office of Philip A. Reale for over ten years. Before that he served as the Executive Director of the Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) for ten years and was responsible for a large number of development projects including the location of a $130 million dollar medium-security Federal Correctional Institution in Gilmer County, employing nearly four hundred people. In order for the prison project to be completed, Jimmy led community efforts to secure grant funding from the federal and state government to provide the necessary infrastructure to the proposed location. When all was said and done, the community received over fourteen million in grant money which was very significant given the state’s usual allotment.
Jimmy has been a fixture at the State Capitol since 1992 when he was elected as the youngest member to the 71st West Virginia Legislature at the age of 25. Jimmy counts several legislative leaders as his close personal friends and clients benefit from his relationships with legislators and executive agency staff alike, as well as his knowledge of the legislative process.
Jimmy’s political prowess is unmatched in our state. He fields calls daily from candidates seeking his advice and expertise regarding messaging, voting trends and issues of importance to the general public. Jimmy’s keen strategic thinking is also of great value at the state capitol, as he is able to create messaging that resonates with members.
However, Jimmy’s greatest gift is friendly demeanor. Though certainly skilled at fervently debating on a client’s behalf, Jimmy is sincerely kind to everyone he encounters. His high profile stable of friends and his genuine likeability make him a powerful ally at the statehouse.
Jimmy lives in Weston with his wife Ronne Dee and their three children.
Anthony Reale earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University where he compiled an overall 3.93 GPA, was the Spring 2008 Student of the Year from the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (Business Majors) and won the Department of Athletics Academic Award of Excellence as a member of the Men’s Golf Team during his tenure at the school. He completed his Juris Doctor degree from Charlotte School of Law, with international studies in London with Pepperdine University School of Law. He is admitted to the North Carolina Bar. He most recently completed and LLM in Fashion Law from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, with a focus on intellectual property law, business and finance, licensing, employment law, international trade and government regulation, and consumer culture and civil rights. He awaits the results of the New York State bar exam.
He provides our team with research and writing talents, as well as advocacy skills. He is widely known in West Virginia as a past Junior Golfer of the Year and a former winner of the West Virginia Amateur Championship.
Taylor Brandfass is often the first person a client speaks with in the Offices of Philip A. Reale. She is not only an intelligent source of information, but her comforting demeanor greets all with kindness and friendliness. She serves as the backbone of the administrative core of the office environment. She is proficient and certified in Microsoft systems and adept at not only operating office technology but also troubleshooting when that technology decides not to do what it is supposed to do. In many instances, Taylor is the conduit for many communications between our office and our clients and she does it with professionalism in every instance.