Jackson Kelly's roots run deep in West Virginia - stretching back beyond the Civil War to before the creation of the state. The Firm was founded by Benjamin H. Smith, Edward B. Knight and James F. Brown, who lived in the western reaches of antebellum Virginia. It is in these men, who helped establish the state and who served the nation during its formative years, that we find the origins of Jackson Kelly and the values that make the Firm an institution in West Virginia today.
Over the course of nearly two centuries, Jackson Kelly has both led and served the state's citizens. The Firm has been home to Governors and business leaders, judges and public servants, great lawyers and community leaders. It has helped form and served many of the state’s leading businesses and been a driving force in industries as diverse as coal, chemical, biotechnology, media and banking.
The Firm's home and headquarters is in the state’s political and financial center, Charleston. Our other offices touch nearly every corner of the state from Martinsburg in the eastern panhandle to Wheeling in the industrial north to Morgantown and Clarksburg in the high-technology heart.