Jim Kelsh

Jim Kelsh

JD, Partner

Bowles Rice Attorneys at Law

600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 347-1135

Fax: (304) 347-2196

E-Mail: jkelsh@bowlesrice.com

 

 

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large industrial electric consumer in obtaining a special rate mechanism from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.
  • Represented public service districts and municipalities in implementing water and sewer projects, including: assisting with obtaining funding from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council; directing the prosecution of condemnation actions as needed in circuit court; rendering preliminary and final title opinions; negotiating with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection regarding terms of NPDES permits; reviewing construction bids and contracts; obtaining certificates of convenience and necessity with rate increases from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia; coordinating with bond counsel to close on project funding; and advising clients regarding construction disputes.
  • Represented telecommunications carriers in obtaining the approval of the Public Service Commission for corporate reorganizations and secured financings, coordinating with Federal Communications Commission counsel.
  • Represented motor carriers and landfills in obtaining the approval of the Public Service Commission for rate increases and sales of certificates and assets.
  • Represented municipalities in preparing water and sewer rate increase ordinances, and in rate reviews of those ordinances at the Public Service Commission.
  • Represented natural gas utilities in rate increase applications to the Public Service Commission.
  • Intervene on behalf of large industrial electric consumer in rate cases of electric utilities before the Public Service Commission, including the preparation of pre-filed testimony by expert witnesses.
  • Represented utilities in negotiating operation and maintenance and bulk purchase agreements with other utilities, and obtaining approval of such agreements from the Public Service Commission.

Professional Highlights

  • Staff Attorney, West Virginia Public Service Commission (1996-2000)
  • Successfully obtained 19 certificates of convenience and necessity for utilities
  • Obtained first capacity improvement fee for a public service district in West Virginia
  • Certified by West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council