David R. Croft
Co-Chair, Federal Taxation Practice Group | Co-Chair, Wills, Estates & Trusts Practice Group | Member in Charge of the Wheeling Office
Wheeling, WV
office 304.230.6952
mobile 304.280.5076
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Mr. Croft's primary areas of practice are tax law, health care compliance, commercial transactions, estate planning and administration.


  • West Liberty State College, B.S., Accounting, 1989
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1999


  • Federal and state tax compliance and litigation
  • Commercial transactions that include the creation, dissolution and merging of business entities
  • Corporate reorganizations for profit and nonprofit entities
  • Health care compliance focusing on Federal Stark, Anti-Fraud and Anti-Markup rules
  • Estate planning and administration
  • Business succession planning
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Nonprofit entity creation and compliance
  • Real estate transactions and title examinations
  • West Virginia University College of Law, Adjunct Lecturer:
    • Partnership Taxation, Spring 2002 and 2003
    • Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, Summer 2004
    • Property III, Wills, Intestate Succession, Estate Administration, Trust and Future Interests, 2002 - 2006
    • Estate Planning, 2007
  • West Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant, May 1994 (currently inactive)
Banking & Finance Law Closely Held Business Services Corporate & Business Law Education Law Federal Taxation Health Care Law Mergers & Acquisitions Private Client Services State & Local Taxation Tax Credits Technology Wills, Estates & Trusts


  • Named the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Corporate Law in Morgantown, West Virginia for 2023
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Corporate Law in Wheeling, West Virginia and 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers for Estate Planning & Probate, Corporate/ Business and Tax law
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and Tax Law
  • West Liberty University's Alumni Wall of Honor


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Ohio County Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • "Estate and Income Tax Planning with Mineral Interests," 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida, January 2013
  • "Estate and Tax Planning Aspects of Oil & Gas Transactions," West Virginia Bankers Association Annual Spring Seminar, May 2012
  • "Anatomy of a Business Transaction," Due Diligence, The West Virginia Bar Association, June 2011
  • "Tax Aspects of Employment Litigation," Multi-State Labor and Employment Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, May 2009
  • "Update on Estate and Trust Case Law and Legislation," West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, June 2012
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