Charles D. Dunbar

Phone: (304) 340-1196 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Charles D. Dunbar is a Member of the Firm, where he practices in the Commercial Law Practice Group in the Charleston, West Virginia, office. Mr. Dunbar's legal concentration focuses on banking, corporate and securities, business and commercial, contracts, international and emerging companies law. Mr. Dunbar was also English speaking counsel to a Germany-based long-wall mining manufacturer with interests in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Mr. Dunbar has been representing the interests of West Virginia financial institutions for thirty years. Examples of his experience representing the financial services industry, include:
  • Representing financial institutions in over 100 mergers and acquisitions
  • Advising financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues
  • Presenting to financial institutions, trade associations and bar associations in the areas of Law of Deposit Accounts, Corporate and Financial Services Law and Commercial Law

A graduate of West Virginia University, Mr. Dunbar received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (1979), followed by earning Certified Public Accountant status one year later. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Dunbar earned a law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and Executive Editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

Mr. Dunbar is also a frequent lecturer to academic and professional organizations, Mr. Dunbar's presentations include talks on corporate and securities law, consumer lending, consumer checking accounts, general consumer protection, business issues, currency reporting, the Uniform Commercial Code and general business and litigation. Most recently, Mr. Dunbar authored the article, "Interest, Inducements and the IRS, Compliance with Regulations Q and D in the New Competitive Landscape," for American Banking Association Bank Compliance Magazine. Mr. Dunbar is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

In addition to a number of scholastic honoraries, Mr. Dunbar has been recognized in many publications dedicated to business and legal excellence. He has been listed in the premier guide, The Best Lawyers in America®, for banking law since 1995 and for corporate law.



Legal Experience
1984 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1984J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1980 C.P.A.West Virginia University
1979B.S.West Virginia University (Business Administration)
Bar Admissions
1984West Virginia
Court Admissions
1994U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1988U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1984U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association - Section on Corporations, Banking and Business Law; Section on International Law
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kanawha County Bar

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "Interchange Fees and Impact of Dodd-Frank and CFPB on Deposit Accounts," West Virginia Bankers Association's The Law of Deposit Accounts Seminar, Charleston, West Virginia, April 12, 2011
  • PLI Legal Seminars on various banking and securities topics
  • National Business Institute Legal Seminars on various banking and securities topics
  • West Virginia State Bar CLE Programs on a variety of topics, including securities law, the Uniform Commercial Code, annual updates of commercial law, audit letter responses and other topics
  • American Bankers Association Seminar for Compliance Officers, Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • West Virginia Bankers Association seminars on checking accounts, consumer lending and real estate settlement procedures
  • Various Jackson Kelly seminars for clients, including securities and corporate law, consumer lending, consumer checking accounts, general consumer protection, business issues, currency reporting and general business and litigation

Writings and Publications:
  • "Interest, Inducements and the IRS, Compliance with Regulations Q and D in the New Competitive Landscape," American Banking Association Bank Compliance Magazine, 2001
  • Executive Editor, West Virginia Law Review, 1983-1984
  • "Survey of Developments in West Virginia Law, Commercial Law and Tax Law," West Virginia Law Review, 1983

Awards and Honors:
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Charleston, West Virginia, Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014-2015 West Virginia Litigation - Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Charleston, WV Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the Business & Transactions Section of 2013 Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Banking
  • Named in the 2012 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers®
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance Law in West Virginia, 2003-2017
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Litigation - Banking and Finance, 1995-2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • Recipient, West Virginia Tax Institute Award
  • West Virginia Law Review, Member 1982-1984, Executive Editor 1983-1984
  • Graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University, 1984
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Various scholastic honoraries
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