Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1135
F: (304) 347-2196

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1994)

B.A., cum laude, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1988)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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James V. Kelsh


James Kelsh focuses his practice on representing motor carriers, industrial consumers, water, sewer and natural gas utilities, and telecommunications carriers in regulatory matters before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. He also provides extensive assistance to utilities by advising them on infrastructure development projects from conception to completion.

Prior to his work in private practice, Jim served as a Staff Attorney with the West Virginia Public Service Commission from 1996 to 2000. As a PSC Staff Attorney, he led a comprehensive revision of the Procedural Rules of the Commission.

Jim is certified by the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and regularly attends meetings of the Infrastructure Council. He has assisted utilities with scores of projects involving the full range of funding sources.

Professional Highlights

  • Obtained PSC approval of statewide motor carrier certification for a specialized carrier
  • Obtained the first PSC approved special electric rate for a large industrial consumer
  • Obtained PSC approval of first capacity improvement fee for a public service district
  • Successfully obtained dozens of certificates of convenience and necessity for utilities
  • West Virginia Rural Water Association
  • West Virginia Municipal League
  • Municipal Attorneys Association
  • American Water Works Association
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, West Virginia