Christopher Winton, the managing member of the firm, is a 1982 graduate with high distinction from the University of Virginia where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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, real estate, 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, and Charleston Estate Planning Council. He has been selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer in the field of estate planning. Since 2012, he has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America®, in the practice area of Trusts and Estates. He was named Best Lawyers’ Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for Charleston, West Virginia for 2016 and 2019. Chris is rated AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. He also is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In 2015, Chris was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which is a national organization of trust and estate lawyers and law professors who have been elected by their peers in recognition of having made outstanding contributions to the practice of trust and estate law. Chris is a longtime member of the West Virginia State Bar Probate Committee and was appointed as Chair in 2019, where he frequently has the opportunity to work with the West Virginia Legislature on proposed legislation in the fields of estate administration, probate, and trusts.
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” and “Still Laying Claim” which are published in the West Virginia University Law Review. He has authored of the “Probate Happens” series, published in The West Virginia Lawyer Magazine.
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, and the 66th great-grandson of Vologaeses I, King of Parthia (25 A.D. – 78 A.D.).