Wendel B. Turner, a native of Grafton, West Virginia received his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1985. From 1985 to 2003, he practiced law with the firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC in its Charleston, West Virginia office, specializing in government relations and election laws. He has played a key role in assisting clients design and implement substantial changes in West Virginia statutes relating to: video lottery and other gambling issues; investment of public funds; financing of public and economic development projects; medical professional liability laws; various tax statutes, and laws regulating the insurance industry.
Wendel has broad experience in government and politics, having served as County Administrator of Taylor County, West Virginia prior to attending law school. He has been a candidate for both local and federal elective office and regularly advises candidates and clients on election and campaign finance laws. Wendel has developed close working relationships with West Virginia legislators and executive officers and their staffs. He uses his practical knowledge of West Virginia state and local governments for the benefit of government relations clients.
On January 1, 2004, Wendel and Robert L. Johns, who together had over 30 years of combined experience in representing clients in West Virginia, formed the law firm of Turner & Johns, PLLC.