Huntington, WV Black History

James Brydie


James ‘JL’ Brydie is a successful attorney.

Brydie was born and raised in Huntington and is a proud product of the Fairfield community. He attended both Huntington High School and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, graduating from St. Joe. He attended Mountwest Community & Technical College and received a AAS in Paralegal Studies before continuing his education Marshall University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015. From there, he obtained his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2018.

Brydie 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 West Virginia 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.

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


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