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    When clients work with Charlie Russell, they appreciate that he looks beyond the transaction at hand and understands the bigger picture for their business, as well as the community. Charlie feels great pride when a new building emerges from the ground in north central West Virginia, and he can say “I helped with that!”  As a business lawyer, Charlie works side by side with property developers, banks, business owners, and community leaders to make things happen.  Because of this, his legal practice has a broad scope, which makes him extremely valuable to clients.  He is skilled in drafting and negotiating commercial property leases, documenting and structuring commercial and residential real estate transactions, protecting creditor rights in foreclosures and collections, and assisting clients to buy and sell assets. 

    Memberships & Awards

    Executive Article Selection & Symposium Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 119
    Order of the Coif
    Patrick Duffy Koontz Award
    CALI Award: Coal, Oil and Gas; Insurance; Lawyers & Legislation; Land Use and Sustainable Development Law

    Key Experience

    Drafted loan and real estate transactional documents for the construction of a multitenant commercial building
    Represented a real estate developer in all aspects of the development of a 1,100 acre mixed-use development including acquisition, conventional financing, construction, zoning and land use, sales and ground leasing, and build to suit leasing
    Negotiated tenant lease for auto parts retailer in mixed-use development

    Work Experience

    2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2016 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2015 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2013-2015 Quality Control Analyst, Johnson Matthey, Inc.
    2012 Manager/Title Abstractor, American Title & Land Services
    2011-2012 Senior Certified Title Analyst, Berryman, Hall and Matheny

    Speaking Engagements

    "Creating Single-Member House Districts in West Virginia," 120 W.Va. L. Rev. 185 (2017)

    "Finalizing the Grand Compromise in West Virginia Workers' Compensation: Repeal Deliberate Intent," 119 W. Va. L. Rev. 999 (2017)

    "PPP Forgiveness and Bankruptcy," Community Bankers of West Virginia Newsletter (2021)