Brian D. Gallagher

Executive Committee / Member
Brian D. Gallagher


Rarely does a commercial or residential development project happen in North Central West Virginia without Brian Gallagher being consulted for guidance, advice, and connections. Clients appreciate Brian’s ability to bring resources and people to the table that reduce roadblocks and red tape, to help them get projects done efficiently. Brian helps clients develop commercial, recreational, industrial, and residential properties ranging from single-project sites to large, multi-tenant, mixed-use developments. Beyond helping clients with development projects, he is often called upon to help clients form entities, buy and sell assets, secure operating and expansion capital, and take advantage of tax incentives.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a real estate developer in all aspects of the development of a 1,100-acre mixed-use development including acquisition, conventional and public financing, acquisition of public grants and tax incentives, environmental remediation, construction, zoning and land use, state and federal and local environmental permitting, sales and ground leasing and build to suit leasing
  • Represented a real estate developer in negotiating a joint venture agreement for a retail development involving multiple national retailers, national restaurant chains, and local retailers
  • Represented an international manufacturing company with 20 locations operating in seven (7) states and four (4) countries with the sale of the stock of the company to an international investment banking company
  • General counsel for a regional privately owned company with over one hundred twenty (120) facilities. Work includes all aspects of the acquisition of sites, construction, financing, operations, negotiation of franchise agreements, supply chain contracts, leasing, dispositions, and general corporate governance.
  • Represented a lender for construction and permanent financing credit facility for aquatic and track and field facility for use by major Division 1 University and by the community
  • Represented a real estate developer in all aspects of the development and leasing of a one thousand five hundred (1,500) bed student housing project
  • Represented a real estate developer in the acquisition of a championship golf course, leasing to a Division 1 University, encumbering the golf course with a conservation easement and ultimate charitable contribution of the golf course to the University
  • Represented a real estate developer in the acquisition, re-development, and operation of an industrial park that was a former superfund site

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.S. West Virginia University


  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Monongalia/Preston County
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Wes Mon Youth Association
  • Board Member, Holy Pursuits Dream Foundation


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Real Estate (2022 -Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Administrative / Regulatory Law (2024-Present), Commercial Finance Law (2024-Present), Construction Law (2015-Present), Corporate Law (2021-Present), Economic Development Law (2024-Present), Real Estate Law (2007-Present), Venture Capital Law (2011-Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Morgantown, WV, Real Estate Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Morgantown, WV, Construction Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Real Estate Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers® 2009

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