Legal Division

The Legal Division provides legal opinions to the Commission in its legislatively-mandated mission in matters relating to public utilities brought before the Commission for adjudication and resolution. The Legal Division represents the Commission’s Technical and Financial Analysts in proceedings brought before the Commission and Administrative Law Judges. The Legal Division also defends Commission Orders that are appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. As needed, the Legal Division represents the Commission before State and Federal Courts and other State and Federal agencies including the WV Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In addition to working on formal cases, the Legal Division assists other Commission divisions in developing responses to utility customers and utility company inquiries.

The Commission’s Legal Division does not represent individual complainants in matters before the Commission, but the Legal Division and the Technical and financial Analysts review the positions of all parties to a proceeding and then present a recommendation for disposition of the matter.

Telephone Directory

Legal Division


  Telephone Number     304-340-0317
  Fax Number     304-340-0840
  Caryn Watson Short   Director   304-340-0338
  Leslie Anderson   Staff Attorney   304-340-0368
  John Auville   Staff Attorney   304-340-0311
  Linda Bouvette   Staff Attorney   304-340-0763
  Wendy Braswell   Staff Attorney   304-340-0334
  Lucas Head   Staff Attorney   304-340-0475
  Chris Howard   Staff Attorney   304-340-0464
  John Little   Staff Attorney   304-340-0409
  Ron Robertson   Staff Attorney   304-340-0336
  Tony Sade   Staff Attorney   304-340-0339
  Keith Walker   Staff Attorney   304-340-0416
  Lisa Wansley   Staff Attorney   304-340-0431
    Sandy Green   Secretary   304-340-0363
    Carrie Mitchell   Secretary   304-340-0342
    Cheryl Sizemore   Secretary   304-340-0332

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