Darrell McGraw draws criticism, investigation for use of outside counsel

New York's Eliot Spitzer made may have made the practice fashionable, but West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has a lengthy and enduring pattern of hiring outside counsel and appointing special assistants to help bring sizable financial settlements to the state coffers.

The practice, once all the rage among attorneys general across the country, is now under scrutiny by legal reform groups, state legislators and business organizations. McGraw is chief among those drawing criticism.

McGraw is probably one of, if not the most, aggressive state attorneys general in this regard.”

— Amber Taylor, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer on McGraw's tendency to bring in special assistant Attorney Generals