ATTORNEY DEVON T. UNGER
Devon T. Unger is a criminal defense attorney who began his career in 2017 as a practicing attorney with Mills McDermott. Upon graduation from law school he began his legal career clerking for Judge James A. Matish in the Harrison County Circuit Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. As a law student, Devon focused his studies on criminal law, criminal procedure, and post-conviction litigation . He was a member of the West Virginia Innocence Project, and as a third-year Jaw student and he successfully argued a case in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as a member of the West Virginia University Law Clinic.
Born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Devon attended Morgantown High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from WVU in 2011, and spent a year working as a reporter for The Dominion Post in Morgantown before beginning law school in 2012. During law school, Devon excelled in courses focusing on criminal procedure, post-conviction litigation, and civil rights. He was a two-year member of the West Virginia Law Review and his student note was published in Volume 117 and received the “Best Student Note” designation awarded by his peers . He also helped prepare a 50-state survey of administrative procedure statutes for the West Virginia Law Institute.
Devon’s experiences in law school drive his passion for criminal defense. Working with the Innocence Project, Devon saw the criminal justice system at its very worst: convicting innocent men and women of crimes and locking them away for decades, perhaps their entire lives, or even placing them on death row. Through these experiences he learned the value of effective and zealous defense counsel, and seeks to represent his clients with passion and enthusiasm. In State v. Hutton, Devon, as a law student, successfully argued that his client had received ineffective assistance of counsel after his attorney failed to warn him of potential immigration consequences before advising him to plead guilty. Because of the work of Devon and his classmates, the West Virginia Supreme Court established a new procedure for challenging convictions in West Virginia and recognized an attorney’s duty to advise his or her client of potential immigration consequences of a guilty plea.
While not practicing law, Devon likes to spend time with his wife, Samantha and their two dogs. He enjoys hiking, watching documentaries, eating new foods, drinking new beer, and WVU sports.