John Philip “Phil” Melick is Counsel in the Utilities industry groups focusing primarily on commercial litigation and real estate. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.
Phil has represented public utilities, motor carriers, and others before the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia and litigated commercial, public procurement, and other business-related disputes in state and federal courts. Phil retired from full-time practice in 2016 but continues to work in certain areas.
Beginning in the early 1980s with the restructuring of the telecommunications industry, Phil has worked on dozens of rate, certificate, rulemaking, and other complex proceedings. He has traditionally been responsible for the cost of capital, cost allocation, and rate design issues in all rate cases for the Firm’s clients, working closely with expert witnesses. Phil has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases of commercial fraud, the jurisdiction of the PSC, condemnation, partition, and landowner rights. Phil was named “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America® for West Virginia Administrative/Regulatory Law in 2017, 2015, and 2014.
Now that he is retired from full-time practice, Phil has more time to devote to his lifelong interest in music. He is the proud owner of Elk City Records in his wife Susie’s childhood neighborhood on Charleston’s West Side and a member of the Mountain State Brass Band, where he plays the euphonium, which, in case you’re wondering, looks like a small tuba.