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Robinson & McElwee has extensive experience in financial services and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.

Our 15-member Financial Services Practice Group has the knowledge and experience to assist clients efficiently, as well as navigate complex transactions and litigation matters.

Members of this group also have extensive experience practicing business & corporate law, labor and employment law, litigation, real property, health care, wills, trusts and estates, and alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to our team’s legal experience, Robinson & McElwee’s financial services attorneys also have prior experience working within and alongside the financial institutions served by the firm.

Robinson & McElwee represents small, local clients and some of the country’s largest financial and banking institutions. No matter the size or scope of the legal matter, our attorneys are motivated to help each client achieve its goal.

For more information on Robinson & McElwee’s Financial Services Practice Group, please contact Managing Member Kent J. George at 304-347-8322 or kjg@ramlaw.com

Participating Lawyers

Mr. Dillon is a member of the Business & Corporate practice area. Mr. Dillon routinely assists clients with corporate formation and other organizational matters, asset sales, and business acquisition.
Mr. Dillon is a member of the Financial Services practice area. Mr. Dillon has provided a variety of services to financial institutions, including drafting loan documents and contracts, performing loan closings, and collection litigation. Before entering the legal field, Mr. Dillon’s professional work experience included several years as a commercial lender and accountant. Mr. Dillon has extensive knowledge with regard to analysis and commercial banking. This prior experience, as a lender and accountant, provides Mr. Dillon with a unique perspective and insight when representing financial institutions and developers.
Mr. Dillon is a member of the Real Property practice area. Mr. Dillon has represented real estate developers with the development of commercial office condominiums, and residential townhomes and condominiums, as well as the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate. Mr. Dillon has significant experience working with mineral property owners, and mineral exploration companies performing title examinations, preparing title opinion letters and purchase contracts, performing curative work, and real property closings.
Mr. George is a member of the Financial Services practice area. Mr. George has practiced law for 25 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. George is a member of the Litigation practice area. Mr. George has practiced law for 25 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. George is the Chief Executive Officer of Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Mr. George’s practice focuses upon commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, arbitration and dispute resolutions, and real estate transactions involving retail, industrial, resort, and other commercial real estate development projects. Mr. George's work in this regard involves finance, leasing, sales, acquisition, construction, tax-free exchanges, eminent domain and land use planning. Mr. George’s practice also includes transactional representation involving timber, coal, oil, and gas interests and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction, and eminent domain. His practice in connection with eminent domain litigation has included both direct takings and inverse condemnation. Mr. George is AV peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. George is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A.), Oxford University, University College (B.A., M.A. in Law) and The University of Chicago (J.D.).
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Business & Corporate practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 15 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Financial Services practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 15 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Litigation practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 15 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Real Property practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 15 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb has more than 40 years of experience in issues of real estate broker and salesperson liability, real estate title matters, corporate acquisitions and transactions, timber and mineral law matters, energy and mineral ownership issues. He has broad trial experience and has acted as an expert witness in significant matters involving real estate, gas, oil and mineral titles as well as lawyer malpractice/professional liability cases. Mr. Hamb has earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an LL.B degree from West Virginia University.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Business & Corporate practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 50 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Financial Services practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 50 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Litigation practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 50 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Hamb is a member of the Real Property practice area. Mr. Hamb has practiced law for more than 50 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law
Mr. Higgins limits his ADR practice to disputes involving will contests, trust interpretation and disputes among shareholders, partners or other owners of businesses. Because of his extensive experience in the area of state and federal taxation, Mr. Higgins is often able to suggest ways to settle disputes with due consideration to applicable tax considerations.
Mr. Higgins routinely assists clients with forming business entities including related planning with regard to the death, disability or retirement of owners in the future. He has experience with mergers and asset sales both from the standpoint of the seller and from the standpoint of the buyer. Mr. Higgins advises clients with regard to the proper operation of their business to ensure that the personal liability exposure of owners is kept to a minimum. He has experience in the area of trademark litigation, appraisal rights, and enforcement of restrictive covenants against competition and confidentiality agreements. Another area of his practice relates to asset protection and methods by which investments and property can be legally protected from creditors. Mr. Higgins also has considerable knowledge in the area of securities law compliance and has represented clients defrauded in their investments.
Mr. Higgins provides extensive document review assistance in connection with commercial and private lending and has been involved with economic development financing provided by various state agencies. He has experience in “work out” situations including refinancing, re-structuring and liquidation sales. Because of his banking law background, Mr. Higgins also assists clients with letters and lines of credit, stock and asset pledges of collateral and loan guaranty agreements. Mr. Higgins also has extensive experience in the performance of due diligence on behalf of business purchasers with corresponding contract protections. Because of his experience in the area of taxation, he also assists clients in “spin offs”, “split ups” and other types of reorganizations.
As a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Mr. Higgins has “floor privileges” and a unique perspective on the committee system and its operations. In addition, he served for eight years as a member of Charleston City Council. In these areas, Mr. Higgins can often provide insight and recommendations on persons to contact and procedures to use.
Mr. Higgins has represented physicians in civil and criminal health care fraud and abuse investigations. He also has experience in structuring transactions to ensure compliance with certificate of need requirements before the West Virginia Health Care Authority. Mr. Higgins also assists health care providers with practice formation and related licensing requirements.
Mr. Higgins routinely prepares estate planning documents with related tax planning for clients. He also has experience with the creation and operation of private trusts and probate and estate administration. In the area of will contest litigation, he has successfully defended estate planning documents in litigation commenced by disinherited family members. Mr. Higgins also customarily handles federal estate tax returns and litigation involving the proper interpretation of wills and trusts.
Mr. Palmer has 41 years of experience involving complex litigation, securities fraud, toxic torts, antitrust violations, coal mining, industrial accidents, catastrophic property damage, white collar crime, defamation, malicious prosecution, admiralty law, oil and gas matters, railroad accidents, “tortious interference” claims, construction disputes, wrongful death, personal injury, employment matters, lender liability, patent infringement, predatory lending, ERISA violations, fidelity bonds, consumer claims, conversion, copyright infringement and class actions. Mr. Palmer is a past member of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Board of Governors as well as the organization’s president (1991-1992).
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Financial Services practice area. Mr. Palmer has practiced law for more than 40 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Litigation practice area. Mr. Palmer has practiced law for more than 40 years and is well-positioned to help clients with navigating this area of the law.
Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has more than 30 years of experience in representing business entities and their owners in matters involving organizational issues, shareholder disputes, asset and stock transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Complementing Ms. Smith’s business practice is her work in commercial transactions of all nature. Her commercial practice includes representing lenders and borrowers in financing matters, preparing contracts, including those involving natural resources, and advising clients on all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Law.
Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has more than 30 years of experience in representing business entities and their owners in matters involving organizational issues, shareholder disputes, asset and stock transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Complementing Ms. Smith’s business practice is her work in commercial transactions of all nature. Her commercial practice includes representing lenders and borrowers in financing matters, preparing contracts, including those involving natural resources, and advising clients on all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Law.