Roger A. Wolfe is Of Counsel with Jackson Kelly, focusing primarily on labor and employment law. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.
Roger has a vast amount of experience in labor and employment law – with more than 40 years of legal practice under his belt, there are very few issues in this area that Roger hasn’t dealt with. He has represented and advised clients on issues of wrongful discharge and all manners of employment discrimination, organizing campaigns, labor negotiations, arbitrations, strikes, and unemployment compensation proceedings, and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal and state departments of labor, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, and other state and federal agencies.
He also is a trained mediator and arbitrator and has been involved in resolving many employment disputes. This is the perfect role for Roger, as he has the experience and temperament to ensure that all disputes are handled with the utmost care. Never one to make a snap judgment without all the facts, Roger’s ability to get to the heart of an issue serves him well when he is involved in dispute resolution. His methodical preparation also reassures both parties that their arguments are well considered.
Roger has a long history of helping clients face problems through thorough research and creative problem solving. He’s been recognized for his work in The Best Lawyers in America® , Chambers USA, West Virginia Super Lawyers®, and was recently elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
He was an adjunct professor of employment law for the West Virginia University College of Law and currently teaches employment law in the University’s Masters of Legal Studies program.
Roger has been active in the legal and government communities, serving for many years as the chair of the West Virginia State Bar’s Employment Law Committee. He co-chaired the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Personnel Commission, a group appointed by the governor and legislature to study public bargaining issues in West Virginia, and served on the Public Employee Bargaining Commission, also appointed by the governor to consider public employee bargaining issues.
Along with his legal skills, Roger boasts exceptional musical talent. He is a frequent musical performer with the Opus Chorale, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, and as a soloist. He is an animal lover and was on the board of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association for 15 years. He has assisted with drafting animal protection legislation on the city, county, and state levels.
Roger is a wonderful mentor to the younger generation of Jackson Kelly attorneys, teaching them the importance of both thoughtfulness and thoroughness. While never reluctant to adopt new technology, he is one of the few lawyers left who understands the value of researching in actual books.