Preservati's website states he worked in Chicago before joining the Goodwin & Goodwin firm. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Preservati recently made headlines as a member of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Although some on the board opposed sending money to Kanawha County Schools for an addition to John Adams Middle School, Preservati ardently supported the project.
Some members of the authority were upset the Kanawha County Board of Education recommended capping the amount of money it could receive in property taxes. While Preservati agreed the idea was questionable, he said the condition of the portable units in place at John Adams was inexcusable.
"When we were there, a snake fell out of the ceiling," Preservati told the Daily Mail in December.
Other potential Democratic contenders include Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who told the Daily Mail in January, "I will seriously look at it," Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis, former state party chairman Mike Callaghan and attorney Ralph Baxter.
State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said Preservati wouldn't be right for West Virginia.
"Harry Reid has continued his pursuit of a candidate who will support President Obama's agenda of assaulting our freedoms, raising our taxes and continuing Washington's addiction to spending," Lucas said.
"Harry Reid wants to handpick Nicholas Preservati to run with false claims that his views on coal are the same as Capito. Unlike Capito's record of standing up to Obama, Pelosi and Reid, Preservati would arrive in the Senate owing his loyalty only to Harry Reid."
"West Virginians know Capito is fighting for them and will continue to do so in the U.S. Senate while Harry Reid's candidate will vote against their interests from day one."