Evans L. King Jr.

Bridgeport, WV

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(304) 933-8132
Bridgeport, WV


Evans "Buddy" King concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis in media acquisitions and energy matters.  His practice also includes documentation and structuring of commercial loans, workouts and commercial collections.  Mr. King's experience includes serving as lead counsel in numerous mergers and acquisitions and commercial lending transactions involving numerous multi-million dollar acquisitions and sales and credit facilities.  He serves as General Counsel to the firm and on several of its major committees.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel in purchase of over 20 daily newspapers and countless weekly/shopper publications and radio stations
  • Lead counsel in numerous financings, both for lenders and borrowers, ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to mid 9 figure range
  • Served as lead counsel for a major North American coal company in connection with a divestiture project involving properties in several eastern and western states and in Canada
  • Handled numerous purchases and sales of producing coal properties and/or coal reserves and oil and gas properties as well as financings relating to such types of assets primarily in the Appalachian region of the United States
  • Represented the purchaser in a multi-million dollar merger transaction in which the client acquired the number one rated mountain resort in the mid-Atlantic region
  • Represented the majority owner of a major league baseball franchise in various aspects of ownership interest and shareholder matters
  • General counsel for a newspaper publisher advising on First Amendment and intellectual property matters 
  • Handled purchases and sales of many small and medium-sized and family-owned businesses 
  • Represented a government contracting business in the sale of the company in a multi-million dollar transaction
  • Represented major ski resort in the purchase of the assets of a state park ski area and the negotiation of a lease agreement with the state to allow the park to reopen
  • Assisted clients in all phases of acquisition of existing destination resorts
  • Assisted with land acquisition for hotel developers
  • Regularly drafted contracts for hospitality and resort clients across a wide range of business activities

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. William & Mary
  • B.A. University of Virginia


1980 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2011
Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2013
Past Member, Committee on Uniform Commercial Code, West Virginia State Bar
Past President, Harrison County Bar Association

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