Brian C. Helmick
Chair, Corporate Department | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3826
mobile 304.382.2059
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Mr. Helmick’s primary areas of practice are project and public finance, economic development, state and local tax and governmental relations.


  • West Virginia University, B.S. in Resource Management, 1994
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2001


  • Representing numerous private and governmental clients in issuance of project and fund debt, both tax-exempt and taxable
  • Representing clients in public-private project financings (including the use of multiple governmental funding sources in conjunction with private funding sources)
  • Negotiating business locations and expansion involving incentive application, property acquisition, tax and law use planning issues
  • Representing clients in West Virginia state and local tax matters
  • Serving private, public, and quasi-public entities as outside general counsel for corporate matters
  • Representing numerous business clients in state and local governmental relations matters
  • Deputy Secretary and General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Commerce, May 2005 - July 2006
  • Counsel to Committee on Government Organization, West Virginia House of Delegates, 2003
Banking & Finance Law Bond Counsel Business Expansion & Development Closely Held Business Services Corporate & Business Law Government Contracts Government Relations Health Care Law International Development Mergers & Acquistions Public Finance Public Policy Advocacy & Reform State & Local Taxation


  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America''s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Commercial
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" 2017 (Charleston, W.Va.) in Project Finance Law
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the areas of Corporate Law, Public Finance Law and Project Finance Law
  • Listed by West Virginia Super Lawyers for Government Relations
  • Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Chair, West Virginia Economic Development Authority, 2005 - 2006
  • Public Land Corporation, Board of Directors, 2005

Publications & Presentations

  • Executive Editor of Articles, West Virginia Law Review
7 Spilman Attorneys Recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” 2017  62 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2017 Spilman Practice Groups & Attorneys Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA  57 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2016 Spilman Practice Groups & Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA  56 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2015 Spilman Practice Groups & Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA 55 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2014  Nuts and Bolts of the Home Rule Program Application Sales and Use Taxes Discussion of West Virginia Land Stewardship Act