John G. Hackney, Jr. Biography

John G. Hackney, Jr. was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He attended public schools in Charleston and graduated from George Washington High School in 1970.  He attended West Virginia University where he graduated Cum Laude in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  After receiving his undergraduate degree, he co-owned and operated a landscaping company and later worked as a child protective services worker.   

In 1979, Mr. Hackney enrolled at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. While at Tulane, he worked at Pellerin Milnor Corporation in Kenner Louisiana – engaged in the fabrication process of commercial grade washing machines. Later, while at Tulane, he clerked for the United States Attorney's Office in New Orleans. While there, he was primarily responsible for legal research and writing in maritime law and medical malpractice.   He received his Degree of Juris Doctor in 1982, and soon after, applied for and received licenses to practice law in Louisiana and West Virginia. He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  

In 1983, Mr. Hackney moved back to Charleston from New Orleans and worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He prosecuted numerous criminal cases, including misdemeanor, felony, capital and white collar   offenses. He, additionally, represented the Kanawha County Commission in employment/personnel matters. After approximately five years with the Prosecutor’s Office, he resigned to pursue private law practice. 

While practicing law, from 1988 through 1991, Mr. Hackney’s major areas of interest included federal and state criminal defense, civil and criminal forfeiture, personal injury, domestic relations, and appellate procedure. He also served as a special prosecuting attorney on occasion.  He, additionally, petitioned for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court and worked as a Hearing Examiner for the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. 

 Mr. Hackney also worked as a Legislative Draftsman for the West Virginia State Legislature for sixteen legislative sessions while serving as legal counsel for the State Senate Agricultural, Natural Resources and Military Committees during the 1991 session.   

From 1991 through 1993, he worked as an assistant attorney general for the State of West Virginia in the Division of Higher Education. In addition to the diverse matters he handled on behalf of the various institutions of higher education, he successfully defended Marshall University in major complex construction litigation before the West Virginia Court of Claims. C & L Construction Company, Inc. vs. Board of Trustees of the University of West Virginia (CC-90-393) Opinion issued February 5, 1993.  

In 1994, Mr. Hackney re-entered private law practice where he remained until his current appointment as Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings.  

During his years in private practice, he successfully appealed decisions from the United States District Court to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - resulting in published reversals. United States v. Borromeo, 945 F.2d 750 (4th Cir.1991) & United States v. Sayles, 296 F.3d 219 (4th Cir.2002). In another published decision he (and others) successfully moved the United States District court for the Southern District of West Virginia to disqualify the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District - from further representation on behalf of the government - against his client and others. United States v. Dyess, 231 F.Supp. 493 (S.D.W.Va.2002).  Other federal cases he handled which resulted in published opinions include United States v. Smith, 914 F.2d 565 (4th Cir.1990) and Krider v. Marshall, 118 F.Supp.2d 704 (S.D.W.Va.2000).  

In 2007, Mr. Hackney was appointed to the West Virginia Court of Claims as a Judge by the Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin, then President of the West Virginia State Senate.   In 2009, he became Presiding Judge of the Court.  As Judge and Presiding Judge, he heard various claims against the State, as well as claims brought under the State Crime Victim's Compensation Act.  He resigned from the Court in January 2011 to accept an appointment by then Governor Joe Manchin - to serve as the first Director/Chief Hearing Examiner of the Office of Administrative Hearings - where he continues to serve under the authority of the State Department of Transportation and the Governor of the State of West Virginia. 

Mr. Hackney resides with his wife Martha in Charleston, West Virginia.  They have two adult children, Johanna and Joshua.


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