J.D., Washington and Lee School of Law — summa cum laude; Order of Coif; Vice-Chair, Moot Court Executive Board
B.A., Georgetown University — magna cum laude
Max knows the value of resolving problems amicably and efficiently. But when intractable issues cannot be resolved, Max vigorously advocates on behalf of his clients, inside and outside the courtroom. Having an intimate knowledge of state and federal litigation, Max understands the important subtleties of complex legal problems and employs that insight to achieve his clients’ goals.
Max has been recognized for his ability to successfully advocate for his clients in multiple practice areas and various sectors. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers®. And, as of 2023, based on his successful trial experience, Max became the author of the Trial Handbook for West Virginia Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters. In addition to the recognitions for his litigation prowess, Max leads HFDR’s transactional practice.
Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Max attended Georgetown University, where he earned a degree in Government. Before returning to his hometown, Max graduated, Order of the Coif and summa cum laude, from Washington and Lee School of Law. During law school, Max was a member of the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic where he represented Appalachian coal miners in their claims for black lung benefits. Max also participated with distinction in various moot court activities and was awarded Best Oral Advocate at the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition.
Prior to joining the firm, Max served as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Hon. Robert Chambers of the U.S. District Court for Southern District of West Virginia. Before attending law school, Max worked for various elected officials on the state and federal levels, including West Virginia’s senior United States Senator.
Tried first-of-its-kind case to a jury against qui tam relators on behalf of a healthcare system falsely accused of Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute violations
Represented at trial a falsely arrested former school board member, resulting in successful jury verdict in § 1983 civil rights trial against violating police officer
Handled precedent-setting litigation against DEA, obtaining the reinstatement of a West Virginia Pharmacy’s DEA Registration and dissolution of DEA Suspension Order.
Spearheaded purchase of hospital assets resulting from a § 363 bankruptcy sale, enabling the continued availability of rural hospital services
Lead transactional counsel in multiple energy-sector acquisitions, including acquisition of production capabilities, shipping facilities, and mineral interests
Represented parties in transactions across various sectors, including sale of medical practice, on-going licensed business concerns, and commercial real estate
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Law Clerk, Hon. Robert C. Chambers, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Memberships and Affiliations
Congregation B’nai Jacob, Board of Trustees
Mountaineer Montessori School, Board of Directors
10 in 10, Inc., Board of Directors
The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Inc., Board of Directors