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Biography

Ken Barton concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial transactions, commercial litigation, real estate, and estate planning. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has also argued cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He is the Managing Member of the firm's Martinsburg office.

Memberships & Awards

Professional
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
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®
American Bar Association
Past President, Berkeley County Bar Association

Key Experience

Served as general counsel to a local development authority
Appointed as special West Virginia Attorney General regarding real estate matters for community colleges
Served as counsel to developer of a major shopping center which included all land use issues; appearances before the planning commission; handled all financing transactions as well as the sale of outparcels; prepared leases for stores that developer retained and is leasing to other entities

Work Experience

1996 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1988-1996 Godard West & Adelman
1986-1988 Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Foster

Speaking Engagements

"Land Use Issues in West Virginia," West Virginia Bar Association, 2008