Craig A. Griffith
(304) 353-8190
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Clients say they appreciate Craig Griffith’s ability to give straightforward answers to complex situations. As an experienced and respected tax attorney, Craig helps clients develop strategies to maximize profit through effective tax planning and guidance on available federal, state, and local tax incentives. In situations where his clients face tax controversy, Craig’s responsiveness and approachable nature puts clients at ease, while he puts his knowledge to work to find solutions. Craig is the go-to tax lawyer for clients in a variety of industries including oil and natural gas producers, midstream companies, coal, chemical manufacturing, non-profits, gasoline transport companies, retailers, and renewable resource companies. 

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2013 WV State Tax Commissioner
2007-2010 Deputy WV Tax Commissioner
2002-2007 Spilman Thomas & Battle
2000-2002 Ernst & Young

Speaking Engagements

Editor and chapter author of the “2018-2020 Guidebook to West Virginia Taxes,” a publication of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

State Tax Notes columnist of “Wild, Wonderful Taxes,” a quarterly column discussing West Virginia Tax Issues

West Virginia Society of CPAs Annual Meeting, 2013, 2016, 2019

State Tax Department Legislative Agenda and Budget Discussion, WV Society of CPAs, 2012

Commissioner's Roundtable, Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators, 2012

Recent Accomplishments of the Tax Department, WV Tax Institute, 2007, 2009-2012

Current Developments in WV State Tax, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 73rd Annual Meeting, 2010

Combined Reporting in WV, Multistate Tax Commission 41st Annual Conference, 2008

Key Experience

Advised solar energy companies on state and local tax issues, including incentives
Successfully argued to the West Virginia State Tax Department on behalf of pipeline company on sales tax exemption
Provided advice to remote sellers regarding changes to sales tax collection process in West Virginia

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Distinguished West Virginian 2013
West Virginia State Bar
Former Chair, WV Tax Modernization Workgroup
Former Secretary & Board Member, WV Economic Development Authority