Christopher Winton, the managing member of the firm, is a 1982 graduate with high distinction from the University of Virginia and a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.
Throughout his legal career, Chris has practiced in a variety of areas, but concentrates mainly in the areas of estate planning and administration, business planning, taxation, and civil litigation.
Chris is a member of both the West Virginia State Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He is also a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the West Virginia State Bar Probate Committee, and Charleston Estate Planning Counsel. He has been selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer in the field of estate planning since 2011. In 2012, he was selected by peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America®, 19th Edition, in the practice area of Trusts and Estates and has been selected for this honor every year since, including 2018.
After having been rated “BV” for more than twenty years, in January 2015, Chris received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. Martindale-Hubbell describes it as “a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” He also is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
On November 2, 2015, Chris was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which is an organization of trust and estate lawyers and law professors who have been elected by their peers in recognition of their having made outstanding contributions to the practice of trust and estate law.
Chris is a frequent lecturer for professional and business groups on wills and trusts, ethics, and litigation. He is co-author of “Laying Claim: A Practitioner’s Guide to Will Contests in West Virginia,” published in the West Virginia University Law Review, and author of the “Probate Happens” series, published in the The West Virginia Lawyer.
Chris resides in Charleston. He is a student of genealogy and is the 23rd great-grandson of England’s King John, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215.