Phil Reale is an attorney and government relations consultant operating chiefly in the state of West Virginia. A graduate of the WVU College of Law, he began his professional career in the natural gas producing region of central West Virginia.
Between 1982 and 1988, he served as general counsel for Waco Oil and Gas Company in Glenville. During that time, he became an active member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, including one term as president of the organization and at all times an effective coordinator of public policy and legislative affairs for the industry in West Virginia. In recent years, he has served as lobbyist for the statewide Association; has served on the Board of Directors of Alliance Petroleum Corporation; and currently serves as the Independent Oil and Gas Association representative to Governor Tomblin's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force.
In 1988, he chaired the transition team for incoming West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton and ultimately became his Chief of Staff. He has served the state in a variety of capacities, including vice chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, co-chair of the Higher Education Advocacy Team, and chairman of the State College System of West Virginia Board of Directors. He is the recipient of two Distinguished West Virginian Awards of Public Service.
He is married to his wife of 41 years, the former Terry Smith of Vienna, West Virginia. They have two sons, Philip A.Reale, II, and Patrick Anthony Reale.