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, solid waste facilities, 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

  • Successfully obtained dozens of certificates of convenience and necessity for municipal utilities and public service districts
  • 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
  • Obtained a certificate of need for a solid waste transfer station

Completed Certificate Projects

  • Central Boaz Public Service District, Case No. 16-1344-PSD-CN
  • Claywood Park Public Service District, PSC Case No. 14-0248-PSD-CN
  • Claywood Park Public Service District, 2016 water project approved by Wood County Commission
  • Union Williams Public Service District, PSC Case No. 14-1033-PWD-CN
  • Armstrong Public Service District, PSC Case No. 09-1984-PWD-CN
  • City of Bluefield, PSC Case No. 12-1355-S-CN
  • Greater Marion Public Service District, PSC Case No. 12-0571-PSD-CN
  • Greenbrier County Public Service District, PSC Case No. 17-0910-PWD-PC
  • Gilmer County Pubic Service District, PSC Case No. 12-1380-PWD-CN-PC
  • Hundred Littleton Public Service District, PSC Case No. 15-1602-PWD-CN-PW
  • Jane Lew Public Service District, PSC Case No. 09-1043-PSD-PC-CN
  • Jefferson County Public Service District, PSC Case No. 13-0865-PWD-PC-CN
  • Preston County Public Service District No. 4, PSC Case No. 11-1435-PWD-CN & 16-0045-PWD-CN
  • Town of Pine Grove, PSC Case No. 16-0823-S-CN
  • City of Oak Hill, Case No. 16-1347-S-PC-CN
  • Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority, Case No. 17-1340-SWF-PC-CN
  • West Virginia Rural Water Association
  • West Virginia Waste Haulers 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