John G. Hackney, Jr. Biography
John G. Hackney, Jr.
Director/Chief Hearing Examiner
John G. Hackney, Jr. was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of the late John Hackney and Harriett Wolverton Hackney. He attended public schools in Charleston where he ultimately graduated from George Washington High School in 1970. Mr. Hackney attended West Virginia University from 1970 through 1974 where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. From 1974 through 1976 he co-owned and managed a landscaping company in Charleston. From 1976 to 1978, he worked as a child protective services worker.
In 1979 Mr. Hackney enrolled as a student at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. While at Tulane, he interned as a law clerk at the United States Attorney's Office in New Orleans wherein his primary legal duties focused in the areas of maritime law and medical malpractice. He graduated in 1982, and soon thereafter, successfully applied and received licenses to practice law in Louisiana and West Virginia. Mr. Hackney moved back to West Virginia in 1983 and worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted numerous criminal cases, including misdemeanor, felony, capital and white collar offenses.
From 1988 through 1991, Mr. Hackney engaged in the private practice of law in Charleston. His primary 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 in Charleston.
During his legal career, Mr. Hackney has worked as a Legislative Draftsman in the West Virginia State Legislature for sixteen Legislative sessions. Also, he acted as Counsel to the Agricultural, Natural Resources and Military Committees during the 1991 session.
From 1991 through 1993, Mr. Hackney worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia under the tenure of Attorney General Mario Palumbo and later, Attorney General Darrell McGraw.
In 1994, Mr. Hackney re-entered private law practice. In 2007, he 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, Mr. Hackney became Presiding Judge of the Court of Claims. As Judge and Presiding Judge, Mr. Hackney heard a myriad of claims against the State, as well as claims brought under the State Crime Victim's Compensation Act. Mr. Hackney resigned from the Court in January 2011 to accept an appointment by then Governor Joe Manchin to serve as the first Director and Chief Hearing Examiner of the Office of Administrative Hearings (at the time, a newly created state agency) - 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. He and Martha have two adult children, Johanna and Joshua.