Louis S. Southworth, II, is a Member of and practicing tax attorney with the law Firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC, where he is assigned to the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group, the Tax Practice Group and the Commercial Law Practice Group. Mr. Southworth joined the Firm in 1968 and focuses his law practice on administrative, business and commercial, business planning, leases, legislative services, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law. Mr. Southworth received a Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University (1965), a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University (1968) and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law (1970). A frequent lecturer at various tax seminars and meetings, Mr. Southworth is listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® (corporate law, tax law) and was named West Virginia Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2009. In addition, he has been published in the West Virginia Law Review and The Corporation Law Handbook ‑ West Virginia Practice Handbook, among others. Mr. Southworth presently serves as chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He heads up the Jackson Kelly Legislative Services Team in West Virginia. Mr. Southworth is actively involved with the American and West Virginia Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He is a trustee of many professional and civic associations and has served as a director of the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, the University of Charleston and the Clay Foundation. Since 1999, Mr. Southworth has served as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee, the governing body of Jackson Kelly and was elected as its Chairman in 2001 and continues to serve as such.