Joyce Fleming Ofsa
Co-Chair, Real Estate Group | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3847
mobile 304.389.3124
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Ms. Ofsa's primary areas of practice are commercial, mineral, and residential real estate law, zoning, land use and development law, eminent domain law, landlord and tenant law, and title insurance.


  • West Virginia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975
  • West Virginia University, J.D., 1979


  • Advising sellers, purchasers and brokers in negotiating real estate sale and purchase agreements of commercial, industrial, mineral and residential properties, and drafting transactional documents
  • Drafting environmental conservation easement deeds for the promotion and preservation of greenspace, wetlands, wildlife habitation and other purposes in connection with development/construction projects in West Virginia
  • Assisting clients to obtain special permits, variances, rezonings, ordinance amendments and subdivision approvals before municipal and county authorities in West Virginia
  • Defending municipal zoning and land use ordinances before B.Z.A., Circuit Court and West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Assisting clients in the purchase, sale and other disposition of Department of Transportation, Division of Highways surplus properties and former turnpike properties
  • Advising landlords and tenants with respect to negotiating leases of commercial, office, warehouse, new construction and residential properties, drafting lease documents, and representation in connection with lease disputes
  • Representing urban renewal authority and municipalities on eminent domain and various land use, zoning, acquisition and property disposition matters
  • Advising parties in secured lending commercial, construction loan and residential transactions, including drafting loan documents
  • Assisting parties in connection with mechanic's lien claims and other lien priority disputes in various construction and loan projects
  • Agent for First American Title Insurance Company and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Banking & Finance Law Corporate & Business Law Mineral Title Services Natural Resources Real Estate


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Law in Charleston, W.Va., 2023, 2020 & 2017
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate


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


  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use Committee
    • Opinion Subcommittee of Corporations, Banking and Business Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Law Practice Management Section; Women Rainmakers Interest Group
  • Fellow, State Chairperson, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Publications & Presentations

  • Frequent speaker at legal, professional and civic seminars
  • Contributing author, “Navigating Rough Waters: Successful Lending in Challenging Financial Times,” Lorman, 2009
  • Contributing author, “Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents in West Virginia,” Lorman, 2007
  • Contributing author, "Title Examination in West Virginia," Lorman, 2000, 2001
  • Contributing author, "Examining and Evaluating Title to Real Property in West Virginia," PESI, 1997
  • Contributing author, "Advanced Principles of Title Insurance in West Virginia," NBI, 1997
  • Contributing author, "Real Estate 1995," WVCLE, 1995
  • Contributing author, "Advanced Real Estate Law in West Virginia," NBI, 1995, 1990
  • Contributing author, "Residential and Commercial Evictions in West Virginia," NBI, 1994
  • Contributing author, "West Virginia Survey Issues: Resolution and Remediation," NBI, 1995
  • Contributing author, "Current Issues in Commercial Real Estate Leases in West Virginia," NBI, 1993
  • Contributing author, "Boundary Law in West Virginia," NBI, 1993, 1991

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Legal Committee, Charleston Renaissance Corporation Board of Directors
  • The West Virginia Law School Association Board of Governors
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