Barth & Thompson Law Offices

Barth & Thompson Law Offices

Leader in Evolving Practice Areas

Firm Overview

Practice Goals - Barth & Thompson emphasize representation for clients who benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach to complex financial, taxation, legal and technical issues and government regulation and legislation. The firm's partners have supporting backgrounds in accounting, complex commercial transactions and public service in senior appointive positions in the executive and legislative branches as well as in the private sector. The firm recognizes that a successful legal result frequently requires the integration of technical knowledge with the capacity to both prosecute litigation and to utilize innovative dispute resolution techniques to secure a prompt and cost-effective result.

Leader in Evolving Practice Areas - Barth & Thompson has been a leader in the transactional, taxation and regulatory aspects of coalbed-methane development and other energy production technologies. The Firm also has a leading role in representing land companies, trusts and other landowners concerning their increasing exposure to environmental and other liabilities related to mineral production and in negotiation of complex mining and drilling agreements.

West Virginia Practice - Extends throughout the State with representation in all state and federal courts and administrative agencies for all legal matters detailed in
Practice Areas.

Specialized Practice in Washington, D.C - Representation is also provided in Washinton, D. C. in selected practice areas regard to: Proceedings before the Federal Regulatory Commission and with respect to Federal Legislation & Appropriations

Firm Business Affiliations:
-West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
-West Virginia Coal Association
-Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
-Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce
-Approved Attorneys/Title Insurance Agent: Chicago Title --Insurance Co.; First American Title Insurance Co.

Nature of Clients - Barth & Thompson clients include individuals, small businesses, NYSE and international companies, local governments and quasi-public corporations. Business clients include banks and other financial institutions, land and mineral owners, coal and oil & gas producers, public utilities, timber producers, manufacturers, resorts, and real estate developers. Clients range from established firms based throughout the United States, Canada and to newly organizing entities.

Recent and Representative Clients - Resolution Trust Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Bank of Canada, Beldon & Blake, U.S. Bankruptcy Trustees, City National Bank, United National Bank , Branch Banking & Trust Co., Accordia National, Inc., International Industries, Inc., Gilbert-PLC Lumber Co., Logan & Kanawha Coal Company, Chicopee Coal Company, Case Credit Corporation, Stewart Title Insurance Co., Boggs Gas Co., Registry Drilling, Cheat Mountain Club, Kanawha County Board of Education, American General Finance.

Main Office

Main Office
202 Berkeley St.
Charleston, WV 25302


(304) 342-7111



Personal Injury

Stephen L. Thompson

Barth & Thompson Law Offices

Practice Areas:
Creditor Rights and Bankruptcy, Business Transactions, Real Estate,Mineral, Energy and Litigation.

-The Best Lawyers in America
-Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
-Listed as a West Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights

Reported Cases :
Chrysler Credit Corporation v. Copley, 189 W.Va. 90, 428 S.E.2d 313 (1993); Resolution Trust Corporation v. Allen, 16 F.3d 568 (4th Cir. 1994); Miller v. Lambert, 196 W.Va. 24, 467 S.E.2d 165 (1995); UMWA v. Leckie Smokeless Coal Company, 99 F.3d 573 (4th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 520 U.S. 1118 (1997); Mine Management, Inc. v. Wolfe (In re Mountain Laurel Resources Co.), 210 F.3d 361, 2000 WL 341913 (4th Cir.2000); Law v. Wolfe (In re: Mountain Laurel Resources Company), 258 B.R. 652 (S.D. W.Va. 2001); Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, L.P. v. Shawnee Hills, Inc., 125 Fed.Appx. 466 (4th Cir. 2005); Hazelbaker v. Hope Gas, Inc., 445 F.3d 359 (4th Cir. 2006); In re: Rare Earth Minerals, Inc., 347 B.R. 802 (Bankr. N.D. W.Va. 2006)


J. Nicholas Barth

Barth & Thompson Law Offices

Practice Areas:
Corporate, Business Transactions, Real Estate, Creditor's Rights, State and Federal Taxation, Estate Administration and Litigation

-The Best Lawyers in America
-Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Professional Affiliations:
-West Virginia State Bar
-West Virginia Bar Association
-Kanawha County Bar Association