Kenneth J. Barton Jr.


Ken Barton concentrates his practice in the areas of banking and commercial transactions, real estate, real estate development, mergers and acquisitions and corporate workouts and collections. He is the Managing Member of the firm’s Martinsburg office.

Representative Experience

  • Currently serves as general counsel to the Berkeley County Development Authority
  • Provides counsel to clients regarding governmental incentives for developers including Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreements (PILOT) and other tax incentives
  • Serves as counsel to a number of banking institutions providing advice in operations, securitization of loans; loan structures, workouts and collections
  • Serves as counsel to developers, owners and operators in the self-storage industry
  • Serves as a title agent for a number of title insurance companies writing policies in West Virginia
  • Routinely represents real estate developers including acquisition of land; land use issues; appearances before the planning commission; and sale of parcels
  • Regularly represents commercial shopping center developers in all aspects from acquiring land to leasing of property

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. Notre Dame Law School
  • B.S. Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science


  • Board Member and currently Treasurer, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation
  • Board Member, Healthy Smiles of Eastern Panhandle, Inc.
  • Member of Advisory Board, Truist Bank, Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Dean’s Circle, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Past President and Board Member, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President and Board Member, United Way of Berkeley and Morgan Counties
  • Past President, Berkeley County Bar Association


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law (2010-Present), Commercial Finance Law (2019-Present), Commercial Litigation (2010-Present), Corporate Law (2010-Present), Litigation – Banking and Finance (2011-Present), Real Estate Law (2007-Present)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Real Estate (2022 – Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Litigation – Banking and Finance, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Morgantown, WV, Banking and Finance Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Super Lawyers®

Speaking Engagements

  • “Land Use Issues in West Virginia,” West Virginia Bar Association, 2008

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