Elizabeth Osenton Lord

Phone: (304) 340-1390 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: elord@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Elizabeth Osenton Lord's practice includes matters involving corporate law, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and third-party legal opinions. Ms. Lord represents clients in various industries including financial institutions, automobile dealerships, energy companies and technology start-ups. 

Ms. Lord began her career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, DC. At Jackson Kelly, Ms. Lord represents both small and large businesses in structuring and negotiating business transactions, as well as providing advice on general business, corporate and commercial law matters. Ms. Lord also handles both public and private securities offerings for various entities seeking to raise capital and assists in the preparation of proxy statements, annual reports and other SEC filings.

Ms. Lord also serves as corporate counsel to the West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Inc.

A graduate of West Virginia University (Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting) and The Washington College of Law at The American University, Washington, D.C. Ms. Lord is a member of the West Virginia, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Maryland  Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and the Legal Opinions Committee of the ABA. Ms. Lord is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate/Commercial) and in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate Law/Securities/Capital Markets Law). She is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and the Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni Association.

Representative Experience Includes:

  • Assisted an oil and gas exploration and production company in connection with the sale of certain assets through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction process for $339 million
  • Assisted with due diligence for large independent natural gas production company in its acquisition of leasehold oil and gas interests from a leading independent energy company in the Appalachian Basin
  • Represented seller with the sale of mining companies to a New York private equity firm with a transaction value of $265 million
  • Represented New York private equity firm with the sale of its mining companies with transaction value of $450 million
  • Represented lumber company in sale of assets
  • Represented land companies (lessors of timber, mining and oil and gas properties) with its merger into an out-of-state timber company
  • Represented publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns and operates terminalling, storage, transloading and pipeline assets with the acquisition of a large rail and barge terminal facility in the Pacific Northwest
  • Represented large independent natural gas production company with its acquisition of Utica shale leasehold oil and gas interests
  • Served as local counsel to a Columbian conglomerate with investments in the cement and concrete industry in connection with its acquisition of a cement plant and related terminals with a transaction value of $660 million
  • Represented large automobile dealership holding company with its acquisition of a large automobile dealership involving the negotiation of the acquisition of four franchises
  • Structured various private placements for hotel developer throughout West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Represented client in connection with private placements of two rounds of financing totaling $20,000,000 for the development of a hotel and conference center in north central West Virginia
  • Assisted with private placement for a local wealth management company
  • Represented start-up banking clients with various private placements for bank holding companies as well as SEC-registered offerings totaling at least $97,000,000
  • Represented coal company in connection with its stalking horse asset purchase agreement to acquire certain coal mining assets through seller’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for $40 million
  • Routinely represents financial institutions in commercial lending transactions in the energy, timber and aggregates industries
  • Represented large university in the acquisition of certain assets of an institute that was involved in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Assisted with securities issues related to various mergers and acquisitions of banks and bank holding companies
  • Assisted with various private placements of equity and debt securities in the technology sector
Legal Experience
1990 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1987 - 1990U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, Attorney
1986Jackson & Kelly, Summer Associate
1985U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Intern
1987J.D.American University Washington College of Law (DC)
1984B.S.West Virginia University (Business Administration and Accounting)
Bar Admissions
1991West Virginia
1988District of Columbia (inactive)
1987Maryland (inactive)
Court Admissions
1992U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1991U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association (inactive)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)
  • Jackson Kelly PLLC, Executive Committee, 2000-2003; 2016-present
  • American Bar Association, Section on Business Law - Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and Legal Opinions Committee
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni Association

  • Kanawha County Public Library, Board of Directors, 2011-present; Second Vice President 2012-2016
  • Leadership West Virginia, Chairman, Board of Directors, 2007; Past Chairman's Committee, Current
  • American Heart Association, Charleston Metro Division, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • St. Mark's United Methodist Church - Chairperson, Administrative Board and Administrative Council
  • U.S. Tennis Association (NRTP Ranking 3.5)
  • Children's Therapy Clinic, Inc., Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Vandalia Rotary Club, Charleston, West Virginia, Charter Member
  • Charleston Exchange Club, Past President
  • Mid-Atlantic Commercial Research, Inc., Board of Directors, 2010-2015

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • "Prior Performance Disclosure in Real Estate Filings," Securities & Exchange Commission
  • "Securities Industry Rules and Regulation," Second Annual West Virginia Bank Directors' Conference
  • "Choice of Entity & Securities Law Issues in Real Estate Financing Transactions," WVU College of Law
  • "Dealing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the West Virginia Securities Division," Mountaineer CLE Series
  • "The New Sarbanes-Oxley Attorney Responsibility Standards," Jackson Kelly PLLC
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley, Whistleblowing and M&A for the HR Professional," West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Various others

Writings and Publications:
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley - Aftermath of the Perfect Storm," The West Virginia Lawyer
  • "Securities Laws Have Impact On How Small Businesses Go About Raising Capital," American Oil & Gas Reporter
  • "The Need for a Uniform Classification of Repurchase Agreements:  Reconciling Investor Protection with Economic Reality," 36 American University Law Review 669
  • Member, The American University Law Review

Awards and Honors:
  • Named in the 2017 Best Lawyers®  Business Edition "Women in Law" 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' West Virginia Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recognized as one of the 2013 Women Leaders in the Law in the January 2013 issue of The American Lawyer magazine
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation, 1999-present
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/Commercial Law in West Virginia, 2004-2017
  • Class of 1996 of Leadership West Virginia, Member
  • National MS Society, Circle of Leadership, 1996
  • Executive Committee, Leadership West Virginia 1996-1997
  • Dean's Fellowship, The American University, 1986
  • The American University Law Review
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, 1984
  • Mortar Board, 1984
  • Alpha Delta Pi Dorothy Shaw National Leadership Award, 1984
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