Louis S. Southworth, II

Phone: (304) 340-1231 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: lsouthworth@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Louis S. Southworth, II, is Counsel and practicing tax attorney with the law Firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC, where he is assigned to the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group, the Tax Practice Group and the Commercial Law Practice Group.  Mr. Southworth joined the Firm in 1968 and focuses his law practice on administrative, business and commercial, business planning, leases, legislative services, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law.

Mr. Southworth received a Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University (1965), a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University (1968) and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law (1970).  A frequent lecturer at various tax seminars and meetings, Mr. Southworth is listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® (corporate law, tax law) and was named West Virginia Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2009. In addition, he has been published in the West Virginia Law Review and The Corporation Law Handbook - West Virginia Practice Handbook, among others.

Mr. Southworth presently serves as chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  He heads up the Jackson Kelly Legislative Services Team in West Virginia.  Mr. Southworth is actively involved with the American and West Virginia Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.  He is a trustee of many professional and civic associations and has served as a director of the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, the University of Charleston and the Clay Foundation.  Since 1999, Mr. Southworth has served as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee, the governing body of Jackson Kelly and was elected as its Chairman in 2001 and continues to serve as such.          


Legal Experience
1968 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1971LL.M.New York University (Taxation)
1968J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1965B.A.Marshall University (Political Science)
Bar Admissions
1968West Virginia
Court Admissions
1971United States Supreme Court
1970United States Tax Court
1968West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
1968U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  • West Virginia Tax Institute
  • University of Charleston, Trustee Emeritus
  • Clay Foundation, Board Member
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

  • Edgewood Country Club
  • Rotary Club

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "2015 Legislative Update," West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, June 17, 2015
  • Frequent lecturer at various tax meetings and conferences
  • Speaker, "Legislative Matters (Term Limits/Supreme Court/Redistricting)," West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants 93rd Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, June 15, 2011

Writings and Publications:
  • Case Comments, West Virginia Law Review
  • Corporation Law Handbook - West Virginia Practice Handbook

Awards and Honors:
  • Order of the Coif, 1968
  • Editor-in-Chief, West Virginia Law Review, 1967-68
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, Government Relations Practice, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Tax Law, 1993-2018
  • Best Lawyers®, West Virginia Corporate Lawyer of the Year 2009
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/Commercial: Tax Law in West Virginia, 2003-2017
  • Named in the 2011 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers®
  • Inducted into Marshall University's Business Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Named the Best Lawyer's 2014 Charleston-WV Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
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