Kelley M. Goes

Member, Jackson Kelly

Kelley M. Goes is a Member of the Jackson Kelly firm practicing in the Environmental Practice Group in the Charleston, West Virginia, office.  Ms. Goes has wide legal experience, including litigating patent infringement cases for one of the world's largest energy companies.  She has negotiated to structure land and financial deals for location and expansion of businesses and mediated commercial litigation, mineral lease disputes, contract disputes and tort cases.  Ms. Goes represented a client in federal litigation for recovery of natural resources in the Ohio River and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice in recognition of advocacy in the case.  Ms. Goes also has extensive experience in government relations for energy and business clients, having served at high levels in both state and federal government.

Ms. Goes previously served as the State Director for United States Senator Joe Manchin, III, as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office.  In these roles, she evaluated business deals for economic viability and investment opportunities, and reviewed potential funding sources ranging from asset‑based lending to private equity.  Ms. Goes also has a strong working knowledge of the legal issues and protocols of the myriad West Virginia state agencies ranging from legislation and regulatory compliances to labor matters and bond issues.

Ms. Goes also chaired the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, the West Virginia Water Development Authority and the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council.  In these positions, she had the opportunity to draft and advocate for numerous pieces of legislation and legislative rules.  

Ms. Goes earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and Order of the Coif from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995.  While in law school, she was the Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1991 and was a National Merit Scholar.