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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

Represented Pittsburgh-area real estate developer with organizational restructuring and refinancing of a mixed-use residential and commercial development with underlying New Market Tax Credit financing issues
Represented property owner in sale of Morgantown-area rental property portfolio
Represented lead bank in stock-secured investment loan with multiple participant banks

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)