Christopher R. Arthur
(304) 353-8189
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Chris Arthur practices in the areas of banking, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, real estate, commercial litigation, and commercial transactions.  His primary focus has been representing banks and other creditors in various matters to ensure their respective rights are protected.  He has been West Virginia counsel for several major financial institutions for over a decade and has represented their rights in hundreds of consumer litigation actions relating to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including acting as lead trial lawyer in various state and federal courts.  He also assists financial institutions in complying with the new regulatory laws recently enacted by the U.S. Congress, including representing their interests in numerous proceedings and disputes against governmental entities.

Mr. Arthur also has represented oil and gas companies in disputes relating to priority rights over oil and gas rights, and he has represented insurance companies in various property damage matters, including condemnation actions.  He also represents businesses in contractual disputes.  In addition, he has significant experience defending entities in class actions.

Before becoming a lawyer, he spent five years working in accounting firms where he specialized in auditing banks, non-profits, and oil and gas entities.  As an accountant, he also spent three months as the interim controller of a commercial entity that specialized in managing shopping centers in various markets in California.  Additionally, he spent several months in Haiti where he audited certain financial contributions to the Haitian government after the 1992 disaster in that country.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2007-2014 Samuel I. White, PC
2005-2007 Bailey & Wyant PLLC
2002-2005 Robinson & McElwee PLLC
1998-1999 Senior Accountant, Conley Johnson, P.L.L.C.
1995-1999 Accountant, Beers and Cutler
1993-1995 Accountant, Coopers and Lybrand

Speaking Engagements

"Update on West Virginia Case Law on Consumer Matters," West Virginia Bar Association 2013 Real Estate Conference, April 2013

"West Virginia Bankruptcy Lawyers Rise to the Occasion," September 2012

"Hot Topics and Common Problem Areas Addressed," National Business Institute, April 2012

"Home Affordable Modification Program and Other Loss Mitigation Options," West Virginia Bar Association 2012 Real Estate Conference, July 2012

"Reaffirmations, Redemptions, and Surrender, Basic Bankruptcy: Building a Practice," West Virginia University College of Law, May 2011

"Legal Issues in Real Estate," West Virginia Bar Association 2011 Real Estate Conference, April 2011

"Home Mortgage and Consumer Credit Issues," West Virginia University College of Law, June 2010

"To Arbitrate, or Not to Arbitrate," West Virginia University College of Law, October 2008

"Update on West Virginia Consumer Laws, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Fair Debt Collections Practice Act," United States Foreclosure Network, 2007

"Examining Workout Options," National Business Institute, October 2006

"Deliberate Intent in West Virginia," Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, April 2006

"Keys to Drafting Public Contracts," National Business Institute, April 2006

"Foreclosure Avoidance Options," Sterling Education Services, November 2003

"The New Corporate Laws in West Virginia," West Virginia University College of Law, April 2003

Key Experience

Incorporated various branch locations for state chartered bank in eastern panhandle of West Virginia
Represented various national lenders in actions against West Virginia Attorney General and West Virginia Division of Banking regarding compliance issues with state law
Trained national bank at its headquarters in Chicago relating to compliance issues with West Virginia Consumer laws relating to debt collection

Memberships & Awards

Chairperson, Committee Revising Local Rules for Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of WV
Participant, Committee Revising Local Rules for Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of WV
Chairperson, Bankruptcy Committee, West Virginia State Bar
Chairperson, Real Estate Division, West Virginia Bar Association
Kanawha County Bar Association
Order of Coif, West Virginia University School of Law
West Virginia Law Review
Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated summa cum laude, West Virginia University