Jackson Kelly PLLC Elects New Executive Committee Members, Elevates Two Attorneys to Managing Members


Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has elected three new members to its Executive Committee and two new office managing members, all effective January 1.

Firm Members Michael Leahey, Kristin White and Robert Tweel were elected to three-year terms on the Executive Committee. They fill the expired Executive Committee three-year terms of firm Members Al Sebok, Marcia Broughton, and Karen Johnston

Eric Whytsell was appointed to replace White as the Managing Member of the Denver, Colorado office. Seth Hayes was appointed Managing Member of the Morgantown, Bridgeport, Martinsburg and Wheeling, West Virginia offices.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike, Kristin, and Bob as the newest members of our Executive Committee and we are grateful for Al, Marcia and Karen’s service and leadership over the past three years,” said firm Managing Member Ellen S. Cappellanti. “We also congratulate Eric and Seth on their new appointments and look forward to their ongoing contributions to the successes of our firm and our clients.”

Leahey is a Member in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office. His practice focuses on the defense of the Firm’s energy sector clients in general civil litigation in connection with wrongful death and personal injury claims. Leahey obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College and he received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

White is a Member based in the firm’s Denver, Colorado office, where she practices in the areas of workplace safety and employment law. She counsels and defends clients in all types of workplace matters and regularly acts as crisis management counsel for employers in all industry sectors. White holds a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.

Tweel is a Member in the Charleston, West Virginia office and is Chair of the Tax Practice Group. His practice focuses on federal tax issues. He represents and works with accountants and attorneys in analyzing federal tax issues, including compliance with the standards of tax practice. Tweel graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law, and  his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Whytsell represents a wide variety of clients, from small businesses to major multinational corporations, helping his clients identify opportunities and resolve problems that arise in connection with doing business with the government. He earned his law degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Davidson College.

Hayes works from the Morgantown, West Virginia office and focuses on litigating commercial cases and handling matters relating to electronic discovery and data privacy and security. Hayes received his Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University College of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University.

FOOTNOTE: Client Focus, Industry Insight, National Reputation. Jackson Kelly PLLC is a national law firm with more than 160 attorneys located in twelve offices throughout Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. Focusing on clients’ industry-specific needs, the Firm serves a wide variety of corporate and public clients and enjoys a national reputation in business, labor and employment, litigation, government contracts, tax, safety and health, permitting, natural resource and environmental law.




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