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Attorney

Raymond S. Franks II

Overview

Ray Franks represents clients in complex federal and state litigation. He served for three years as General Counsel to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and for one year as the Acting Chief of the DEP’s Office of Legal Services.

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Brent D. Benjamin, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (2014 - 2016)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1998 - 2001; 2011 - 2014)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. K.K. Hall, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1993 - 1998)

Government Service / Previous Employment

  • General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (2007 - 2010)
  • Acting Chief, Office of Legal Services, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (2009 - 2010)

Education

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1993, Order of the Coif, Index Editor, West Virginia Law Review

B.A., West Virginia University, 1990

Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • US District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Lead on formulating petition for extraordinary writ and appellate briefing to Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on behalf of West Virginia Investment Management Board (WVIMB); the WVIMB sought review of an unprecedented three-judge arbitration award by the West Virginia Business Court denying it $100 million in contract damages reimbursable to the state teachers’ pension fund
  • Represented Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in impeachment proceedings before West Virginia Senate and collaborated with litigation team in devising and executing motions to dismiss articles of impeachment

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