Meet William Ihlenfeld

William Ihlenfeld is a former state and federal prosecutor, a husband and father of three, and a candidate for State Senate in the First Senatorial District.

For two decades, Ihlenfeld prosecuted violent criminals, child predators, drug trafficking organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and Wall Street Banks. Upon the recommendation of Senator Robert C. Byrd, Ihlenfeld served with distinction as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia from 2010 to 2017.

Ihlenfeld’s investigation and prosecution of British banking giant HSBC helped to halt Mexican drug cartels from laundering billions of dollars and to block terror financing. His work on the case is featured in a documentary now airing on Netflix called "Cartel Bank."

Ihlenfeld’s prosecution of McKesson Corporation for illegally dumping painkillers into West Virginia forced McKesson to change the way it does business and to pay a $150 million penalty.

As a state prosecutor from 1997 to 2010, Ihlenfeld secured hundreds of convictions against domestic violence offenders and perpetrators of sexual assault and obtained one of the longest sentences in the history of local jurisprudence – 875 years - against a violent sexual predator. In addition, he successfully tried cases of homicide, drug trafficking, home invasion, and DUI.

Ihlenfeld spent a tremendous amount his of time as U.S. Attorney combatting the opioid crisis in West Virginia. His efforts led to him receiving national recognition in 2017 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was also appointed to serve on Governor Jim Justice’s substance abuse transition committee.

As U.S. Attorney, Ihlenfeld formed the first ever public corruption task force in the Northern District of West Virginia. Among the many corruption investigations that he handled, one of the most important involved bid-rigging and criminal racketeering at the West Virginia Division of Highways. Multiple convictions were obtained and jail sentences imposed, along with restitution being paid.

In 2017, Ihlenfeld received the Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement Award from the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association for his distinguished record of law enforcement service.

Ihlenfeld volunteers his time in the community. He presently serves on the board of the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center and the executive board of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He has previously served on the boards of the Wheeling YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program, the Seeing Hand Association, and the Martinsburg Initiative. He has also served as a deacon in his church.

In 2014, he was honored with the Purple Ribbon Award for his visionary leadership in helping to end violence against women.

Ihlenfeld has been a successful small business owner, creating from ground up a real estate development company and a sports marketing firm. He now serves as a partner at the law firm of Bailey Glasser, LLP, where he specializes in healthcare litigation.

Ihlenfeld resides in Wheeling with his college sweetheart, Rebecca, and their three children. He is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and the WVU College of Law.


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