November 10, 2017 Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC again named to Best Law Firms list

September 19, 2017 Mark Kelley named Gold Client Champion!

Fewer than 1% of attorneys have this recognition.

August 17, 2017 — Christopher Winton recognized as Best Lawyer in America for Trusts and Estates

Christopher Winton receives recognition for sixth straight year.

April 26, 2017 — Mark Kelley presented CLE lecture

Mark Kelley and Dr. Timothy Saar, presented “Reading & Understanding Psychological Reports in Family Court” at the Family Law Continuing Legal Education.

January 9, 2017 — David S. “Sam” Hughart named Member 

Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC, one of the oldest continually existing law firms in Charleston, announced today that David S. “Sam” Hughart has become a Member of the firm, effective January 1, 2017. Read More. 

November 1, 2016 — Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC Named “Best Law Firm”

US News and World Report has named Ray, Winton & Kelley to the 2017 Best Law Firms for Trusts and Estates Law in Charleston, West Virginia. Read More. 

September 21, 2016 — Mark Kelley Appointed to WVSU Board of Governors

INSTITUTE, W.Va. –Mark Kelley has been appointed to serve on the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Board of Governors effective immediately. Read More.

Best-Lawyer-America-LOGOAugust 16, 2016 — Winton named to 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 

Ray, Winton & Kelley is proud to announce that Christopher J. Winton has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice area of Trusts and Estates for 2017.

August 11, 2016 — West Virginia Law Review Publishes article by Winton and Kelley

The West Virginia Law Review published Still Laying Claim: An Update to Developments in Will Contest Litigation in West Virginia by Chris Winton and Mark Kelley.

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Chris Winton was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for Charleston, West Virginia.

July 14, 2016 – Seminar on Timely Estate Planning Topics

Chris Winton taught a seminar on Timely Estate Planning Topics: The New WV DAPT (WVU)

June 29, 2016 –  Seminar on The Probate Process from Start to Finish

Chris Winton and David S. Hughart taught a seminar on the The Probate Process from Start to Finish

June 16, 2016 – Seminar for Kanawha County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee 

David S. Hughart taught a seminar titled “Guardian Tips for Attorneys and Attorneys’ Tips for the Guardian ad litem” for the Kanawha County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee.

June 8, 2016 – Seminar on Three Decades of Probate Reform

Chris Winton taught a seminar on Three Decades of Probate Reform in West Virginia (WV Auditor’s Office training for County Clerks)

May 19, 2016 – Seminar on the Self Settled Spendthrift Trust Act

Chris Winton taught a seminar on The West Virginia Self Settled Spendthrift Trust Act (WV Bankers).

November 2, 2015 – Winton elected as Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

Chris Winton 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.

September 16, 2015 – Seminar on “Estate Administration from Start to Finish”

Christopher Winton and Mark Kelley taught a seminar in Charleston on “Estate Administration from Start to Finish.”

August 17, 2015 – Christopher Winton selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Christopher Winton was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 for his work in the practice area of trust and estate planning.

April 23, 2015 – Mike Kelly a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow

Mike Kelly was inducted as a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow.

June 15, 2015 – Mark Kelley selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for the second time

Mark Kelley was selected for the second year as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for his expertise in family law by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine. He was the only West Virginian to receive that designation for family law.

January 2015 – Christopher Winton received AV Preeminent® rating

Christopher Winton 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.”

November 3, 2014 – Ray, Winton & Kelley PLLC ranked Tier 1 in 2015 “Best Law Firms”

Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC, received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the field of Trusts & Estates Law. Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

July 1, 2014 – Mark Kelley assumes chairmanship

Mark Kelley assumes the chairmanship of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State University Foundation.

June 25, 2014 – Christopher Winton teaches seminar

Christopher Winton teaches a seminar on “The Probate Process from Start to Finish.”

June 15, 2014 – Christopher Winton selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer

Christopher Winton was selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for his expertise in estate planning by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine. He was also selected for “The Best Lawyers in America® for 2014.

June 15, 2014 – Mark Kelley selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer

Mark Kelley was selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for his expertise in family law by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine.

May 15, 2014 – Christopher Winton serves on a panel

Christopher Winton served on a panel on the topic of “Must We Trust the Trust?” at the West Virginia Bankers Association convention and seminar.

March 6, 2014 – West Virginia Supreme Court rules in favor of a Ray Winton & Kelley client

Riley Romeo was the lead attorney from RWK in a Putnam County case involving a dispute over a real estate transaction in which RWK represented the sellers. The court’s decision is available at this link.

February 7, 2014 – Mark Kelley teaches at “Advanced Family Law” seminar in Charleston

Mark Kelley taught sessions at a seminar sponsored by NBI, Inc., in Charleston. His topics included: “Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes,” “Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues” and “Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues.” He also participated in a panel discussion on ethics.

December 12, 2013 – Sam Hughart receives “Guardian Angel” award

The Kanawha County Family Court Bench/Bar Committee presented Sam Hughart with the “Guardian Angel” award. Each year, the county’s family court judges honor a member of the bar with the award for outstanding service and dedication as a guardian ad litem representing the interests of children in family court cases.

November 1, 2013 – Ray, Winton, & Kelley PLLC receives Tier 1 Ranking “Best Law Firms”

On November 1, 2013, Ray, Winton, & Kelley PLLC received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” for Charleston, WV. The Best Lawyers rating is in the field of Trusts & Estates Law.

February 4, 2013 – Christopher Winton teaches “Resolving Estate, Will and Trust Contests”

Christopher Winton taught the continuing legal education seminar “Resolving Estate, Will and Trust Contests” on February 4, 2013 in Charleston, WV.

January, 2013 – Chris Winton argues before WV Supreme Court

Chris Winton represented the Kanawha County Public Library in the dispute between the School Board and the Kanawha County Public Library over funding. Chris argued the case before the WV Supreme Court on in early January. For more information, see the State Journal article.

October 30, 2012 – Mark Kelley speaks on “Completing Divorce”

Mark Kelley spoke on “Completing the Divorce” at a seminar sponsored by NBI, Inc., in Charleston. Topics included: drafting and review of the marital settlement agreement, the final divorce wrap-up checklist, final judgment or decree of divorce, appealing the judgment or divorce decree, and tackling post-divorce legal problems.

September 7, 2012 – Chris Winton selected for “The Best Lawyers in America®”

Chris Winton selected for “The Best Lawyers in America®, 19th Edition” for his work in the practice area of Trusts and Estates. Read the letter of congratulations here.

June 22, 2012 – Mark Kelley included in WV State Bar’s “Bridge the Gap” Program

Mark Kelley filmed a segment discussing equitable distribution of the marital estate in divorce as part of the West Virginia State Bar’s “Bridge the Gap” program. The “Bridge the Gap” program is a continuing legal education program geared toward newly admitted lawyers. For more information, see www.wvyounglawyers.com/bridge_gap.html.

June 15, 2012 – Christopher Winton selected as WV Super Lawyer

Christopher Winton was selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer for Estate Planning and Probate by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine.

June 15, 2012 – Christopher Winton presents “Estate Planning Update”

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “Estate Planning Update: The New West Virginia Power of Attorney Act.”

April 23, 2012 – Christopher Winton presents “Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts in WV”

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts in West Virginia.”

April 19, 2012 – Mark Kelley presents for Kanawha County Family Court’s Bench/Bar Committee

As part of a monthly series of continuing legal educations programs sponsored by the Kanawha County Family Court’s Bench/Bar Committee, Mark Kelley gave a presentation to local domestic relations practitioners titled: “Using Technology to Improve Your Domestic Relations Practice.” Mark was a founding member and first chairman of the Bench/Bar Committee.

February 23, 2012 – WV Supreme Court rules on Romano v. Greve, No. 11-069

The West Virginia Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in the case of Romano v. Greve, No. 11-069 (http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/docs/spring2012/11-0679.pdf). Mark Kelley successfully represented the petitioner in overturning a circuit court decision that reversed a favorable family court ruling rebuffing the respondent’s attempts to change the parties’ agreed-upon methodology for determining their respective incomes for child support purposes. This decision affirmed the ability of the litigants to enter into an agreement to deviate from the strict application of the child support guidelines when one or both of the parties have unique employment or compensation circumstances, and those reasons for deviation are sufficiently articulated in the record and approved by the trial court.

January 2012 – Mark Kelley appointed to serve on Search Committee

Mark Kelley was appointed to serve on the Search Committee to recommend candidates for the next president of West Virginia State University. Mark graduated in 1988 from “State,” where he served as president of the Student Government Association. Mark also has served for several years on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia State University Foundation. He is currently vice chairman of the foundation and a member of the foundation’s executive committee.

December 15, 2011 – Riley Romeo, Jr., joined the firm as an associate

Riley Romeo, Jr., joined the firm as an associate. With 15 years of experience, Riley will concentrate mainly in the firm’s civil litigation matters.

December 15, 2011 – Christopher Winton’s article published in The West Virginia Lawyer 

Christopher Winton’s article, “Probate Happens: How to Calculate the Spousal Elective Share in West Virginia,” was published in The West Virginia Lawyer magazine.

October 17, 2011 – David S. Hughart joined the firm as an associate

David S. Hughart joined the firm as an associate. A 2009 graduate of the Appalachian School of Law, “Sam” will work with the more senior members of the firm in all areas of the firm’s practice, but he will concentrate his time in the firm’s substantial domestic relations practice.

October 7, 2011 – Christopher Winton presents “The New West Virginia Uniform Trust Code”

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “The New West Virginia Uniform Trust Code” in Morgantown.

September 20, 2011 – Christopher Winton presents at the WV State University

Christopher Winton made a presentation at the West Virginia State University Foundation on the topic, “The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.”

September 9, 2011 – Mark Kelley speaks at West Virginia Continuing Legal Education

As part of the annual Family Law Seminar sponsored by the West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Mark Kelley spoke to practitioners from around the state in Morgantown on the topic: “Using Technology to Improve Your Domestic Relations Practice.”

June 3, 2011 – Christopher Winton presents a continuing education seminar in Charleston

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “The New West Virginia Uniform Trust Code,” in Charleston.

May 19, 2011 – Christopher Winton presents at WV Banker’s meeting

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “Financial Planning: The Uniform Trust Code,” at the West Virginia Bankers’ meeting.

February 4, 2011 – Christopher Winton presents “Estate Planning Basics”

Christopher Winton presented the continuing education seminar, “Estate Planning Basics.”