A native of Preston County, Buddy graduated in from Preston High School in 1992. During his senior year, Buddy won a nomination to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut for the Class of 1996. While at the Coast Guard Academy, Buddy was a member of the rugby team and was elected scrum captain. After graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1996, Buddy was commissioned an ensign in the United States Coast Guard and assigned to the USCGC Red Cedar in Portsmouth, Virginia. While stationed on the Red Cedar, Buddy served as training officer, navigator and operations officer and was awarded the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation. In 1998, Buddy was assigned to the Radionavigation Division, Office of Aids to Navigation, United States Coast Guard Headquarters. While stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters, Buddy assisted in decommissioning the Omega navigation system, recapitalization of the Loran-C navigation system and expansion of the DGPS navigation system; he was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his service at Coast Guard Headquarters. In 2001, Buddy entered the West Virginia University College of Law as a member of the Class of 2004. Buddy was elected Class President of the Class of 2004 and was a member of the Republican Law Caucus and a member of the West Virginia University Law Review. He won the CALI award for Constitutional Law and Trial Advocacy and graduated Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, he began his professional practice with Jackson Kelly, PLLC in their Morgantown, West Virginia office. In 2007, Buddy returned home and joined the Kingwood office of McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, LC.
Buddy is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Monongalia and Preston Bar Associations. He is a former chairman of the Preston County Republican Executive Committee and former treasurer of the Kingwood Rotary Club. He is also a youth wrestling coach for the Preston Mat Club and a three-time Rising Star selection in the Virginia/West Virginia SuperLawyer Magazine.
Buddy’s practice areas of law include general civil trial practice, including real estate litigation; oil and gas law and litigation; and family law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Buddy and his wife, Tina, have five children: Alana, Nikayla, Talia, Cole and Ava. In his free time, Buddy enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling.