CHARLESTON -– Shane Harvey has rejoined Jackson Kelly after more than a decade as in-house counsel at Massey Energy which was recently acquired by Alpha Natural Resources.
At the time of acquisition, Harvey was Massey Energy's General Counsel, a position he had held since 2008. Following the acquisition Harvey assumed the role of Senior Vice President- Legal with Alpha. Harvey was an attorney at Jackson Kelly from 1994-2000.
As General Counsel of Massey Energy, Harvey worked closely with Massey's operations and provided guidance on personal injury litigation, environmental compliance, public affairs and health and safety compliance. He has represented clients in the coal since the start of his legal career.
Jackson Kelly CEO Michael D. Foster said, "We are pleased to welcome Shane back to Jackson Kelly. He is a true asset to our firm because of his years of experience in-house at a company that was one of the largest producers of coal in the United States. His intimate knowledge of the industry along with his years of legal experience in the environmental and safety and health arenas will be a great benefit to the firm and our clients. The addition of Shane also further enhances our status as the coal industry's outside 'general counsel'."
Harvey's announcement comes just one month after Roger Nicholson, former International Coal Group General Counsel, re-joined the firm. Jackson Kelly has been ranked by Law360 as one of the top two law firms in the United States for largest percentage of attorneys practicing in the energy industry among firms with 100 or more lawyers and as one of 2010 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, specifically for its mining practice. Jackson Kelly was one of only six firms ranked in the first-tier nationwide, and the only West Virginia-based firm to achieve that distinction.
Harvey graduated summa cum laude in Finance (where he was first in his class) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1991. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree, he received his law degree in 1994 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was an editor of the National Coal Issue of the law review. Before entering law school, Harvey worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs International in London, England.