Mark A. Sadd


Mark Sadd, a member, handles commercial transactions, residential and commercial real property development, title issues, conveyancing, construction matters and leasing issues. He has developed experience in the fields of eminent domain and condemnation law, zoning, development, subdivision and historic preservation. He represents owners, developers and governments.

Admissions: Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Education: University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts (1986); West Virginia University College of Law (1992).

He is listed in Best Lawyers of America® in the practice areas of eminent domain and condemnation law and land use and zoning law. He is listed in Super Lawyers® in the practice area of real property law.

Mr. Sadd manages mineral title surveys and renders title legal opinions in coal, oil and natural gas transactions. He has worked on multi-county mineral title projects in due diligence and pre-and post-closing phases of transactions, and is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Mr. Sadd is a registered and licensed agent with First American Title Insurance Co. and Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., and a licensed West Virginia real property broker. He is general counsel to First Bank of Charleston, Inc.

He frequently handles matters for municipalities, counties and other local governments.

Mr. Sadd litigates in his practice areas. He has handled the following cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court:

  • Mills v Van Kirk, 453 S.E.2d 678 (W.Va. 1994)(enforcement of a statutory right of first refusal to acquire surplus state lands)
  • County Commission of Boone County v Hill, 460 S.E.2d 727 (W.Va. 1995)(author of amicus curiae brief adopted for opinion and holding)
  • McCoy v Van Kirk, 500 S.E.2d 534 (W.Va. 1997)(adoption of principles to establish fair market valuation for public purposes)
  • Ranson v City of Charleston, 496 S.E.2d 191 (1997)(successful statutory construction in a land use case)
  • Lower Donnelley Association v Charleston Municipal Planning Commission, 575 S.E.2d 233 (W.Va. 2002)(establishing landmark procedural right to review by writ of certiorari in certain land use cases)
  • United Bank Inc. v Stone Gate Homeowners Association, 647 S.E.2d 811 (W. Va. 2007)(attorney fee-shifting under the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act)

He has served on many local and state boards, including the American Red Cross, ABLE Families, Junior Achievement, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He co-founded and serves on the boards of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Society of Charleston, West Virginia, and St. Paul Radio Co. He is the president of the Serra Club of Charleston and a lay member of the St. Francis Hospital Oversight Committee.

Mr. Sadd is a former chairman of the Charleston Human Rights Commission and is a former at-large city councilman. In 2005, President Bush appointed Mr. Sadd to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a federal agency that advises the Administration and the Congress on preservation policy and legislation.  He served two four-year terms.

Mark A. Sadd

Practicing States

  • West Virginia
Assistant: Geraldine Strickland
Assistant Phone: (304) 345-2000
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