Kelley M. Goes

Phone: (304) 340-1078 | Fax: (304) 340-1130 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Kelley M. Goes is a Member of the Firm and Leader of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group. She also practices in the Environmental Practice Group in the Charleston, West Virginia, office.  Ms. Goes has wide legal experience, including litigating patent infringement cases for one of the world's largest energy companies.  She has negotiated to structure land and financial deals for location and expansion of businesses and mediated commercial litigation, mineral lease disputes, contract disputes and tort cases.  Ms. Goes represented a client in federal litigation for recovery of natural resources in the Ohio River and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice in recognition of advocacy in the case.  Ms. Goes also has extensive experience in government relations for energy and business clients, having served at high levels in both state and federal government.

Ms. Goes previously served as the State Director for United States Senator Joe Manchin, III, as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office.  In these roles, she evaluated business deals for economic viability and investment opportunities, and reviewed potential funding sources ranging from asset-based lending to private equity.  Ms. Goes also has a strong working knowledge of the legal issues and protocols of the myriad West Virginia state agencies ranging from legislation and regulatory compliances to labor matters and bond issues.

Ms. Goes also chaired the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, the West Virginia Water Development Authority and the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council.  In these positions, she had the opportunity to draft and advocate for numerous pieces of legislation and legislative rules.  

Ms. Goes earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and Order of the Coif from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995.  While in law school, she was the Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1991 and was a National Merit Scholar.

Legal Experience
2013 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2006 - 2007West Virginia Department of Commerce, Deputy Secretary and General Counsel
2002 - 2006West Virginia Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General
1998 - 2002Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Counsel
1996 - 1998Steptoe & Johnson, Associate
1995 - 1996Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Associate
Professional Experience
2011 - 2013United States Senator Joe Manchin, III, State Director
2008 - 2010West Virginia Development Office, Executive Director
2007 - 2010West Virginia Department of Commerce, Cabinet Secretary
1995J.D.University of Kentucky College of Law
1991B.A.Vanderbilt University (English)
Bar Admissions
1995West Virginia
Court Admissions
2008U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1996U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1995U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Professional Involvement:
  • West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, Legal and Environmental Committees
  • West Virginia Economic Development Authority, past Chair
  • West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, past Chair
  • West Virginia Water Development Authority, past Chair
  • West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council, past Chair
  • Workforce Investment Council, former Member
  • Governor's 21st Century Jobs Cabinet, former Member
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Advisory Council, former Member

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "West Virginia's Transitioning Economy:  where have we been and where are we headed?," WVU's John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics and the WVU College of Law's Center for Energy & Sustainable Development's 5th Annual National Energy Conference, Morgantown, West Virginia, April 8, 2016
  • Speaker, "Pipeline Siting Issues," EMLF 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, June 21-23, 2015
  • Speaker, "Handling & Disposing of Drill Cuttings & Waste," West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) Spring Meeting, The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia, June 17, 2014
  • Panel Member, WCHS televised Town Hall Energy Forum, Aug. 29, 2013
  • Commencement Speaker, Bridgemont Community & Technical College, Class of 2012
  • Commencement Speaker, Marshall University Lewis College of Business, Class of 2009
  • Specialist Session Presenter, Public Services Summit 2008
  • Delivered numerous speeches and presentations before professional and public associations

Writings and Publications:
  • Author, "Preparing for Prosperity," West Virginia Executive magazine, Spring 2016

Awards and Honors:
  • Distinguished West Virginian, conferred by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  • Distinguished Mountaineer, conferred by Governor Joe Manchin, III
  • Kentucky Colonel, conferred by Governor Steve Beshear
  • Named a 2008 Young Gun by WV Executive Magazine
  • Order of the Coif
  • Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • Magna cum laude graduate of University of Kentucky College of Law
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Honor Council
  • National Merit Scholar
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