Ellen S. Cappellanti

BIOGRAPHY
Phone: (304) 340-1277 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: ecappellanti@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202


Ellen S. Cappellanti is the Firm's Managing Member and practices with the Commercial Law Practice Group. She assists clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including financings, leasings, acquisitions and real estate development projects. She also regularly represents debtors, creditors and trustees in business bankruptcies and out of court restructurings.

Ms. Cappellanti is the past chair of the Standing Bankruptcy Committee of the State Bar and is in The Best Lawyers in America® under the bankruptcy, corporate mergers and acquisitions and real estate designations. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  She is recognized by Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers as a preeminent Corporate/M&A lawyer. In the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, sources said Ms. Cappellanti's "connections in the state make it easy for us to reach the right people." She served as the President of the governing council of the West Virginia Law Institute and is a Master (Emeritus) of the Judge John A. Field, Jr. Inn of Court. 

Ms. Cappellanti is committed to community service. Appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in 2007, she serves as a Member of the West Virginia University Board of Governors. She is the representative of the Board of Governors on the West Virginia United Health System Board. She serves on the Honorary Board of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Inc. She is the Chairman of the Board of the Clay Center of the Arts and Sciences. She is the past Co-Chair of Advantage Valley, Inc. and past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Discover The Real West Virginia Foundation. She is also involved in economic development and promoting West Virginia. She has participated in four trade missions to the Far East with Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV, and in a 2007 trade mission to China with Governor Joe Manchin. Ms. Cappellanti also has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Charleston, West Virginia, bank of Branch Banking and Trust Company.

Ms. Cappellanti graduated from West Virginia University in 1977 and in 1980, from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she was selected as a member of Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. While in law school, she was a member of the West Virginia University College of Law Moot Court Board and the National Moot Court team and served as Lead Articles Editor of the West Virginia Law Review.

Ms. Cappellanti is a past recipient of the YWCA of Charleston Women of Achievement Award and the WVU College of Law Women's Law Caucus Distinguished Women in the Law Award. 

             

 
Legal Experience
 
1980 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1979Jackson & Kelly PLLC, Summer Associate
 
Education
 
1980J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1977B.A.West Virginia University (Biology)
 
Bar Admissions
 
1980West Virginia
 
Court Admissions
 
1996U.S. Supreme Court
1992U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1984U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1981U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1980U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Dean's Development Council, West Virginia University College of Law, Past Chair and Former Member
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar; Past Chair, Standing Bankruptcy Committee
  • Master, The Judge John A. Field, Jr. Inn of Court
  • Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit, Member
  • West Virginia Law Institute, Past President of Governing Council
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Community:
  • Member, West Virginia Regional Technology Park Board of Directors
  • Member and Secretary, West Virginia University Board of Governors
  • Member, West Virginia United Health System Board of Directors
  • Advantage Valley, Inc., Past Co-chair
  • YMCA, former Member of Board of Directors
  • YWCA of Charleston, Past President of the Board of Directors
  • Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
  • Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation; Past President and Member of Board of Directors
  • Avampato Discovery Museum, Member and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Project Harvest II, Ambassador, 1997, Trade Mission to Taiwan and Japan
  • Project Harvest III, Ambassador, 1999, Trade Mission to China
  • Project Harvest IV, Ambassador, 2001, Trade Mission to Japan
  • West Virginia/Japan, A Growing Partnership, Ambassador, 2005, Trade Mission to Japan
  • West Virginia 2007 Trade Mission to China
  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Director and Past Chairman of the Board
  • Branch Banking and Trust, Charleston Board of Directors
  • Contemporary American Theater Festival, Inc., Past Member of the Board of Directors and Current Honorary Board Member

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "Modern Trends in Buying and Selling a Business/What CPAs Can Do to Assist Their Clients," West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants 93rd Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virgina, June 15, 2011
  • Speaker/Panelist for programs sponsored by Eastern Mineral Law Foundation; Coal Outlook; Allegheny County; Pennsylvania Bar; American Bar Association Business Law Subcommittee in Bankruptcy; and WV Continuing Legal Education Series
  • Instructor, Introduction to Law, West Virginia University, 1979-1980

Writings and Publications:
  • Co-Author, "Transacting Business with Bankruptcy Debtors and Trustees," Eastern Mineral Law Journal, 1996
  • Co-Author, "Coal Bankruptcies, Problems and Pitfalls," Eastern Mineral Law Journal, 1983
  • Seminar materials and handbooks for State Bar and Professional Education Systems, Inc., on Bankruptcy, Real Estate Development and Collection Law

Awards and Honors:
  • Named in the 2017 Best Lawyers®  Business Edition "Women in Law" 
  • Named in the 2014 West Virginia Focus’s list of West Virginia Wonder Women
  • Listed in the Business & Transactions Section of 2014 Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Business/Corporate
  • Named in the 2014-2017 editions of West Virginia Super Lawyers® for Business/Corporate Law
  • Listed in the Business & Transactions Section of 2013 Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Named in the 2013 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers® for Bankruptcy Law
  • Patrick Koontz Scholarship Recipient
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Order of the Barrister
  • West Virginia College of Law Moot Court Board, member, 1978-1980
  • West Virginia University National Moot Court Team, 1979-1980
  • Student Body Vice President, WVU, 1976
  • Lead Articles Editor, West Virginia Law Review, 1979-1980
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law, 1991-2018
  • Recipient, YWCA Women of Achievement Award, 2000
  • Recipient, WVU College of Law Women's Law Caucus - Distinguished Women in the Law, 2000
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/Commercial Law in West Virginia, 2003-2015
  • Named in the 2012 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers®
  • Recipient, 2012 West Virginia University College of Law Justitia Officium Award
  • Recognized as one of the 2013 Women Leaders in the Law in the January 2013 issue of The American Lawyer magazine

 

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