Huntington, WV Black History

James Brydie


James ‘JL’ Brydie was born and raised in Huntington, WV and a proud product of the Fairfield community. He attended both Huntington High School and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, graduating from St. Joseph HS.  He attended Mountwest Community & Technical College and received a AAS in Paralegal Studies before continuing on to Marshall University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015, from there he continued on to Salmon P. Chase College of Law and earned his J.D. graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2018.

JL worked as a Paralegal at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, PLLC from 2012- 2015 and as a graduate assistant for the Northern Kentucky University ‘s Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel from 2016-2017. He was a legal intern for the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit from 2017-2018.  He was admitted to the WV Bar in 2018.  He worked as an associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, PLLC from 2018 -2022 and is now an associate with Bailes, Craig and Sellards PLLC.

He is a board member of Recovered Solutions of Huntington and the Fairfield Community Development Corporation.  He is also a member of the National Black Layers, the Defense Trial Counsel of WV, the WV Bar Association, and the Cabell County Bar Association.

He enjoys sports, astronomy, religious studies, and political science, he is a true student of history who wants to become a federal judge, travel to France and own a farm.


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