David P. Ferretti
Member in Charge of Lawyer Administration | Chair, Corporate Department | Co-Chair, Health Care Practice Group | Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3859
mobile 304.767.0609
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Mr. Ferretti's primary areas of practice are corporate law, health care law, public finance, and mergers and acquisitions.


  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Economics with high distinction, 1978
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981


  • Drafting transactional documents in stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions for hospitals and other clients
  • Representing hospitals and other clients in drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements
  • Advising health care clients on federal and state laws and regulations
  • Representing hospitals and physicians in practice acquisitions and employment agreements
  • Serving as bond counsel in tax-exempt and taxable financings
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide range of general corporate contracts and agreements
  • Due diligence investigations in mergers, acquisitions and other transactions
  • General corporate and governance work for for-profit and non-profit clients
  • Experience in operation of nonprofit foundations – served for several years as associate director of nonprofit educational foundation with assets now exceeding $500 million
Banking & Finance Law Corporate & Business Law Cybersecurity & Data Protection Education Law Energy Law Health Care Law Mergers & Acquisitions Natural Resources Public & Project Finance


  • Named the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Charleston, West Virginia for 2022
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for America's Leading Lawyers for Healthcare Law


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


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors - Executive Committee
  • Charleston Area Alliance Board of Directors - Executive Committee and Finance Committee; Chair, Nominating Committee
  • Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement - Steering Committee
  • Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral - Lector and Cathedral Choir
  • University of Virginia Law School Alumni Council - former Chair, Communications and Publications Committee; former Member, Development Committee
  • University of Charleston Board of Trustees - former Chair, Advancement Committee
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