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


  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America''s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Commercial
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Public Finance Law in Charleston, W.Va.
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Project Finance Law in Charleston, W.Va.
  • 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
Spilman Ranked in Chambers USA 2017 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