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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 restaurant franchisee with West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration applications
Regularly assists lenders, borrowers, buyers, and sellers with residential and commercial real estate transactions across multiple West Virginia counties
Drafted loan and real estate transactional documents for the construction of a multitenant commercial building

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)