Kenneth J. Barton , Jr. - Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
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Kenneth J. Barton , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Ken Barton concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial transactions, commercial litigation, real estate, and estate planning. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia and has also argued cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Barton is the Managing Member of the Martinsburg office.


  • Represented the developer of a 1,200-home residential subdivision, including acquisition of the property, advising the client regarding land use issues, and appearance before the planning commission 
  • Represented lenders regularly in multi-million dollar financing transactions, including preparation of all loan documents and advising the lender as to real estate title issues 
  • Served as counsel to the developer of a major shopping center which included all land use issues and appearances before the planning commission; handled all financing transactions as well as the sale of several outparcels; prepared leases for stores that the developer retained and is leasing to other entities 
  • Represented a hotel developer in multiple refinancings with each in excess of $7 million 
  • Served as counsel to a developer regarding an increased tax assessment appeal 
  • Represented developers of multiple residential subdivisions in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties 
  • Represented developers seeking to subject property to conservation easements 
  • Represented the purchaser in the purchase and development of a summer camp for underprivileged children from Baltimore 
  • Represented a real estate developer with planning and zoning ordinances for shopping centers


  • Real estate
  • Transaction counseling
  • Commercial transactions
  • Commercial litigation
  • Estate planning


1996            Steptoe & Johnson
1988-1996    Godard West & Adelman
1986-1988    Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Foster


  • American Bar Association
  • Past President, Berkeley County Bar Association


  • President and Board Member, United Way of Eastern Panhandle, Inc.
  • Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc.
  • Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Healthy Smiles of Eastern Panhandle, Inc.
  • Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association
  • Advisory Board, Branch Banking & Trust Company, Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Dean’s Circle, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Past President and Board Member, Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President and Board Member, United Way of Berkeley and Morgan Counties


  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Super Lawyers®


  • "Land Use Issues in West Virginia,” West Virginia Bar Association, 2008

University of the Sciences in PhiladelphiaBS 1983University of Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D. 1986
Thunder Over The Blue Ridge, IncBoys & Girls Club of the Eastern PanhandleUnited Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc.

Office Location

Edwin Miller Professional Center, Suite 300
1250 Edwin Miller Boulevard
P.O. Box 2629
Martinsburg, WV 25402-2629
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Morgantown Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Morgantown Metro Area
Kenneth J. Barton, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kenneth J. Barton, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Real Estate
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Development, Finance, Land Use, Residential, Tax Certiorari, Transactions, Zoning)

Other Information

Gender: Male