Donald A. Nickerson, Jr.
Wheeling, WV
office 304.230.6974
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Mr. Nickerson’s primary area of practice is corporate and business law, including transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. He also practices in the area of trust and estate planning and administration.


  • West Liberty University, B.S., Business Administration, 1982
  • Capital University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987


  • Assisting business clients through every phase of the business life cycle, including startup and entity counseling, general corporate transactional matters, mergers and acquisitions, and divestiture
  • Assisting clients with residential and commercial real estate transactions
  • Assisting clients with trust and estate planning and administration
  • Providing advice and guidance with regard to guardianship and conservatorship matters
  • Preparing certified mineral title opinions, drilling and royalty opinions and title examinations, with an emphasis on generating title reports with curative recommendations
  • Serving as Vice President and Trust Officer for WesBanco Bank and United Bank, Inc.
  • Ohio County Commissioner, 2019 - 2024
  • Municipal Court Judge, City of Wheeling, West Virginia, 1999 - 2019
  • Ohio County, West Virginia Fiduciary Commissioner, 1999 - 2004
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Ohio Attorney General, and General Counsel, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 1990 - 1992
  • Legal Intern, The Honorable Alan E. Norris, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1986 - 1987

Banking & Finance Law Corporate & Business Law Mergers & Acquisitions Real Estate Wills, Estates & Trusts


  • Law Review: Authored published article, The Capital University Law Review, Winter, 1986
  • Order of the Curia


  • West Virginia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Ohio Bar
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court (inactive)

Community Involvement

  • Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board of Directors
  • Wheeling Academy of Law and Science/Ohio County Public Schools Mock Trial Instructor
  • Past President, Oglebay Institute Board of Trustees
  • West Liberty University Foundation Board of Directors
  • Vice President, Chambers YMCA Board of Directors
  • WVU Medicine Children’s Ohio Valley Gala Committee
  • Certified 4-H Volunteer
  • Wheeling Hospital/WVU Medicine Board of Directors
  • Wheeling Heritage Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Ohio County 4-H Foundation
Spilman Adds Distinguished Member of Wheeling Community to Business Law Team