Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-2122
F: (304) 347-2196

MSt, University of Cambridge (2009)

J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School (1985)

B.A., with honors, University of Chicago (1981)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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Lynn S. Clarke

Special Counsel

Lynn Clarke focuses her practice on advising employers on ERISA and tax compliance for employee benefit plans and executive compensation planning. She provides guidance on benefits matters and executive compensation to clients involved in mergers and acquisitions. Lynn has extensive experience with business succession planning involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), insurance and other compensation planning methods.

Lynn also provides fiduciary advisory consulting to help clients better understand and carry out fiduciary obligations and manage liability. With extensive experience in tax planning, Lynn provides advice to non-profit entities on governmental plan compliance and tax matters.

  • Named Best Lawyers’ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year in the southern West Virginia region (2022, 2019, 2017 and 2014)
  • Named to Best Lawyers’ Women in the Law 2019
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Employee Benefits ERISA Law) 2011-present
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry (Former President, Former Board Member)
  • University of Charleston Financial Planning Advisory Committee (Former Member) 
  • Fund for the Arts, Charleston, West Virginia (Former President)
  • Charleston Estate Planning Council (Former President)
  • Charleston Exchange Club (Former President)
  • South Charleston Civitans (Former President)
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation (Former Board Member)
  • American Red Cross West Virginia Region (Former Board Member)
  • Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Finance and Development Committees (Former Member)
  • Vestry (Former Member)
  • St. John's Episcopal Church (Former Stewardship Chair)