Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC

Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC

Law Firm in Charleston, WV

Firm Overview

The law firm now known as Ray, Winton & Kelley has been in continuous existence since it was founded in 1897. It was established by James M. Payne, a civic leader who also organized the Charleston Home Telephone Company and served as its president for two years. About 1900, his nephew, William Dallas Payne, joined the firm, then known as Payne & Payne.

Later, the firm became Payne, Minor and Ray. John V. Ray joined the firm after he returned to Charleston following service in World War I and completion of a Rhodes scholarship. In 1952, his son, John L. Ray, joined the firm after serving in World War II and obtaining chemical engineering and law degrees from the University of Virginia, and is today Of Counsel to the firm. By 1955, the firm became Payne, Minor, Ray, Price & Loeb with the addition of Charles W. Loeb, one of the first West Virginia lawyers to specialize in tax law.

Of the current members, Christopher Winton joined the firm in 1985 and Mark Kelley joined the firm in 1991.

Throughout its existence, the firm has provided counsel in transactional and litigation matters to thousands of businesses and individuals throughout West Virginia and other states. The firm is well known for its work in estate planning, estate litigation, and domestic relations. The firm's lawyers also have extensive experience in corporate transactional work, general and commercial litigation, employment law, and personal injury/insurance litigation. The firm's litigation clientele are not limited strictly to "plaintiffs" or "defendants"; rather it strives to handle whatever legal matters its clients encounter.

Ray, Winton & Kelley serves clients in many fields, including: advertising, banking, construction, medicine, publishing and real estate.

Areas of Law:
-General Civil Practice
-Litigation
-Corporate
-Real Estate
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Planning
-Coal
-Oil
-and Gas. State and Federal Taxation Law. Employment Law
Domestic Relations
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Insurance Law
-Criminal Law.
Main Office
Main Office
109 Capitol Street, Suite 700
Charleston  WV  25301
Phone
  • 304-342-1141
Fax
  • 304-342-0691
Websites
Estate Planning
Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC will represent your Estate Planning legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-General Civil Practice
-Litigation
-Corporate
-Real Estate
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Planning
-Coal
-Oil
-and Gas. State and Federal Taxation Law. Employment Law
Domestic Relations
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Insurance Law
-Criminal Law.

Christopher J. Winton

Attorney in Charleston, WV

Phi Beta Kappa. Co-Author: "Basic Drafting of Wills and Trusts in West Virginia," NBI, Inc. 1991; "Laying Claim: A Practitioner's Guide to Will Contests in West Virginia," West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 96 Issue 1, Page 123, 1993. Author: "The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997: Still Waiting for The Relief," West Virginia Executive, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 26 Spring 1998; "West Virginia State Tax Procedure and Administration," chapter in West Virginia Practice Handbook, West Virginia State Bar, 2000, revised 2004; "ABA State Environmental Taxes Deskbook," West Virginia chapter, ABA, 2001; "The Death Tax is Not Dead: Estate Planning Highlights of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001," West Virginia Executive, p. 50, Winter 2001; "Probate Happens: How to Sell Real Estate During a Decedent's Estate Administration," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 30 (November/December 2005); Case note, "Thompson v. Barnhart: Irrevocable Trust Is Really Revocable When Remainder Beneficiaries Are Not Individually Named," The Trust SIG News 3, Spring 2006; "Probate Happens: How to Perform an Ancillary Administration in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 28 (May/June 2007); "Probate Happens: How to Involuntarily Remove the Personal Representative in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 36 (November/December 2007); "Probate Happens: How to Abate Creditors' Claims in An Insolvent Estate in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 30 (January-March 2009); "Probate Happens: How to Claim the Spousal Elective Share in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 28 (October-December 2009); "Probate Happens: How to Calculate the Spousal Elective Share in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, p. 42 (October-December 2011). Named, "West Virginia Super Lawyer," for Estate Planning and Probate by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine (Law & Politics) (2007-2014). Selected, "The Best Lawyers in America," for Trusts and Estates (2013-2014).

Areas of Law:
-Estate Planning
-Taxation
-Probate
-Civil Litigation
-Real Estate
-Corporate

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, West Virginia
-1986, Virginia

Law School Attended:
University of Virginia
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Virginia
Class of 1982
B.A.
with high distinction

Birth Information:
Born in 1960
Evanston, Illinois, January 10, 1960

Associations & Memberships:
West Virginia State Bar (Member, Probate Committee); Virginia State Bar; American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Charleston Estate Planning Council; Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Representative Cases:
Kanawha County Public Library Board v. Board of Education of the County of Kanawha, 745 S.E.2d 424 (W. Va. 2013); State ex rel. Prosecuting Attorney v. Bayer Corp., 672 S.E.2d 282 (W. Va. 2008); United Bank, Inc. v. Blosser, et. al., 624 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va. 2005); Board of Education v. Quincy Coal Co., 535 S.E.2d 713 (W. Va. 2000); Silling v. Erwin, 885 F. Supp. 881 (S.D.W. Va. 1995); Silling v. Erwin, 881 F. Supp. 236 (S.D.W. Va. 1995).
Education
  • University of Virginia
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Mark W. Kelley

Attorney in Charleston, WV

Manuscript Editor, West Virginia Law Review, 1990-1991. Author: Note, "Constructive Discharge: A Suggested Standard for West Virginia and Other Jurisdictions," West Virginia Law Review Vol. 93, Issue 4, page 1047. Co-Author: "Laying Claim: A Practitioner's Guide to Will Contests in West Virginia," West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 96 Issue 1, Page 123, 1993. Contributing Author: "Basic Probate in West Virginia," NBI, Inc., 1992; "Trusts, Estate Planning and Divorce in West Virginia," NBI, Inc., 1998; "Exploring Probate Issues in West Virginia," Lorman, 2002. "Effective Techniques to Prove Separate Property", Family Law 2010, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, 2010; "Technology Updates for a Family Law Practice", Family Law 2011, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, 2011.

Areas of Law:
-Domestic Relations
-Estate Litigation
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law
-Employment Law
-Insurance Law
-Personal Injury
-General Practice

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1991, West Virginia

Law School Attended:
West Virginia University
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
West Virginia State University
Class of 1988
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1963
South Charleston, West Virginia, October 13, 1963

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association (Member: General Practice and Family Law Sections); West Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law and Elder Law Committees); American Association for Justice (Member: Business Torts [formerly Commercial Litigation] Section (Former Chair); Family Law Section); West Virginia Association for Justice; Kanawha County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee (Former Chair). Less

Representative Cases:
In re Jade E.G., 545 S.E.2d 325 (W. Va. 2002); United Bank, Trustee v. Blosser, 624 S.E.2d 815 (W. Va. 2005); Chapman v. Millikan, W. Va. Sup. Ct. No. 35665 (Memo. Dec. April 14, 2011); Romano v. Greve, 724 S.E.2d 321 (W. Va. 2012); Lawyer Disciplinary Board v. Elswick, 749 S.E.2d 577 (W. Va. 2013).
Education
  • West Virginia University
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

David Samuel Hughart

Attorney in Charleston, WV

David Hughart, an associate of the firm since 2011, is a graduate of West Virginia University and a 2009 graduate of the Appalachian School of Law. Throughout his academic career, David was a Dean's List recipient multiple times at both West Virginia University and the Appalachian School of Law.

In law school, David participated in several organizations, including serving as the President of the ASL Sober Drivers. David was also employed by Thomson-Reuters as a Westlaw student representative for his law school.

During his legal career, David has practiced in a variety of legal fields, but currently concentrates in the areas of domestic relations, collections, and estate planning, administration, and litigation. David also handles matters involving business law, civil litigation, appellate practice, employment law, and personal injury.

David is currently a member of the West Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice law in the State of West Virginia and the Southern District of West Virginia.

David's community activities include participating in the Family Court of Kanawha County's mock trial competition where he serves as a coach for the students of one of the county's high schools.

David was raised and currently resides in Poca, West Virginia.

Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Civil Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Employment Law
-Domestic Relations
-Estate Litigation
-Personal Injury

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2010, West Virginia

Law School Attended:
Appalachian School of Law
Class of 2009
J.D.

University Attended:
West Virginia University
Class of 2004
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1981
Poca, West Virginia, 1981

Associations & Memberships:
West Virginia State Bar.
Education
  • Appalachian School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009

Riley J. Romeo, Jr.

Attorney in Charleston, WV

Former Supervising Attorney, Bureau of Employment Programs, Legal Services Division, Litigation Unit, 1998-2000. Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Employment Programs Litigation Unit, 1997-1998.

Areas of Law:
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1996, West Virginia and U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Law School Attended:
West Virginia University
Class of 1995
J.D.

University Attended:
West Virginia University
Class of 1992
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1970
Charleston, West Virginia, June 23, 1970

Associations & Memberships:
West Virginia State Bar.

Representative Cases:
Expedited Transportation Systems, Inc. v. Vieweg, 529 SE.2d 110 (W.Va. 2000).
Education
  • West Virginia University
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

John L. Ray

Attorney in Charleston, WV
Phi Alpha Delta.

Areas of Law:
-Real Estate Law
-Probate Law
-Corporate Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1952, West Virginia

Law School Attended:
University of Virginia Law School
Class of 1952
LL.B.

University Attended:
University of Virginia
Class of 1949
B.Ch.E.

Birth Information:
Born in 1924
Charleston, West Virginia, January 29, 1924

Associations & Memberships:
Kanawha County, West Virginia and American Bar Associations; West Virginia State Bar; American Judicature Society.
Education
  • University of Virginia Law School
    LL.B. , 1952
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