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Benjamin J. Wilson

Associate

Charleston Office
500 Lee Street East
Suite 1600
Charleston, WV 25301

(O): 304.340.1170
(F): 304.340.1080
(C): 616.835.6297

benjamin.wilson@jacksonkelly.com

Benjamin J. Wilson is an Associate in the Firm's Labor and Employment, Workplace Safety and Health, and Business Law practice groups, focusing on labor, employment, workplace safety and health, and transactional matters. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.

Whether he is defending employers from discrimination claims, arbitrating union grievances, or assisting clients with transactions, Ben thrives on assisting clients no matter the issue. Ben maintains a broad labor and employment practice, and he enjoys the challenge of researching, analyzing, and writing on every legal and regulatory question that a client may face. Specifically, Ben’s practice involves defending unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, providing advice and strategy to employers during collective bargaining negotiations, and defending employers in wrongful termination lawsuits. He is also a regular contributor to the Firm’s Labor and Employment blog, “Labor & Employment News Alert.”

Ben’s law school experiences helped shape him as an attorney. He received his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2017. While in law school, Ben served as a research assistant to several professors and as a teaching assistant for Professor Jessica Haught and the legal writing program. An avid reader and writer, Ben held the prestigious position of Editor-in-Chief of Volume 119 of the West Virginia Law Review. Ben also served dual roles in the College of Law’s recognized clinic program, serving on both the United States Supreme Court Clinic and the West Virginia Innocence Project.

Ben’s work history also gives him a unique perspective. Prior to law school, Ben was a commissioned park ranger for the State of Michigan, where he was able to exercise his love of the outdoors in tandem with his Bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation, and tourism resources. As evidenced, Ben is an avid outdoorsman, and he loves hiking with his Labrador Retrievers and fly-fishing.

Awards

  • Named in the Best Lawyers'® 2021 Charleston, West Virginia "Ones to Watch" list for Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law - Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, Sports Law
  • West Virginia Law Review, Editor in Chief
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Work History

  • Jackson Kelly PLLC (2017-Present)
  • United States Supreme Court Law Clinic, Supervised Clinic Member (2016)
  • West Virginia Innocence Project, Supervised Student Attorney (2016)
  • Hon. Robert Trumble, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Law Clerk (2015)
  • State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources, Park Ranger (2010-2014)

Practices

  • Labor & Employment
  • Workplace Safety & Health
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Law

Industries

  • Coal
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy

Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law (J.D., 2017)
  • Michigan State University (B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Resources, 2008)

Admissions

  • West Virginia (2017)
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia (2018)

Professional Organizations

  • West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Section

Community

  • Education Elevators

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Writings and Publications