Residential Real Estate Lawyer in Charles Town WV & Martinsburg WV | Crawford Law Group PLLC

Crawford Law Group, PLLC

About Us

At Crawford Law Group PLLC, we focus on real estate law, providing legal advice and transactional services in the following areas:

Residential Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate
Title Insurance
Wills and Contracts
Business Formations
Short Sales

With our experience, technology, and well-trained staff, we complete residential deals in a timely, professional fashion-sometimes representing both the buyer and the seller. This puts many legal responsibilities squarely on our shoulders, and we are up to the task.

Our normal offices hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but we are available evenings and weekends to conduct closings for the convenience of our clients. 


You will find that our attorneys and staff are friendly and professional. We provide refreshments for closings, and there are toys on hand to keep children occupied while business is completed.

Our knowledge and experience in real estate law means that complex commercial real estate purchase contracts are handled professionally and properly-- to avoid future legal hassles. Banks know that we can conduct the proper due diligence for a commercial transaction when they are considering a significant real estate development loan to a commercial property purchaser.

Real estate developers also rely on our knowledge of the community and real estate law to do the proper things to make their projects successful.

If you are looking for experienced legal advice in residential or commercial real estate transaction or a real estate development issue, contact a real estate purchase lawyer now.

Or visit our Practice Areas page to learn more about how we can assist you with matters including real estate purchase contracts, real estate development loans, land use issues, and attorney title services.

A few representative clients and lenders we work with:

  > Bank of Charles Town
  > Branch Bank & Trust Company
  > K. Hovnanian Homes
  > Bank of America
  > Arcadia Communities, LLC
  > Shendoah Springs, LLC
  > NVR, Inc. & NVR Settlement Services, Inc.
  > MVB Bank, Inc.
  > Jefferson Security Bank
  > USAA
  > Navy Federal Credit Union
  > Pentagon Federal Credit Union
  > Midatlantic Farm Credit
  > Apple Federal Credit Union
  > United Bank, Inc.
  > Integrity Home Mortgages
  > The Mortgage Center
  > Wells Fargo
  > City National Bank
  > Franklin American Mortgages
  > Prime Lending
  > Revolutionary Mortgage
  > SunTrust


Our Attorneys & Staff

James B. Crawford III

Resident Attorney in Charles Town, WV and Winchester, VA.

304-725-3426 x1816


Jim Crawford has practiced in this region of West Virginia for more than 40 years, spending most of his time in real estate law. He also served his fellow citizens as the Commander of West Virginia Air National Guard (Brigadier General, Retired 2005).  Jim is the senior partner and supervises the Charles Town office which includes a paralegal, three legal assistants, title abstractor, a bookkeeper, and receptionist.

Bar Admissions:
West Virginia, 1972 WVSB #866
U.S. District Court Northern District of WV, 1972
U.S. Federal Courts, 1973

Virginia, 2017 VBS #91472


Mercersburg Academy - 1963
Washington Lee University - 1967 BS (Chemistry) Washington Lee University - 1972 JD
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces
(now Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National   Security and Resource Strategy) -1988 MS 

Hospice of the Panhandle – Director
Charles Town Presbyterian Church – Former Elder and Trustee
Edgehill Cemetery Company – Trustee
Public Defender Corporation for the 23rd Judicial District – Chairman
Jefferson County Bar Association – Past President MVB Bank East – Advisory Board of Directors  Jefferson County Deputy Civil Service Commission-Chairman  

WV Air National Guard - 1968 to 2005
Command Pilot, Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Commander of the WV Air National Guard, Brigadier General - Retired

Avey, Steptoe, Perry and Van Metre, Associate/Junior Partner 1972-1980
James B. Crawford III, Sole Practitioner 1981-1990 Crawford & Jackson PLLC, Member 1991-2000 Crawford & Associates PLLC, Member 2001-2002 Crawford & Keller PLLC, Member 2002-2014 Crawford Law Group PLLC, Member 2015-

 Representative Cases:
Knotts v. Snyder, 296 SE2d 849 (WV 1982)
Knotts v. Moore, 350 SE2d 9 (WV 1986)
L.D.A. v. Cross, 279 SE2d 409 (WV 1981)
City of Charles Town v County of Jefferson, 655 SE2d 63 (WV 2007)


Katherine Ridgeway

Resident Attorney in Martinsburg



Before joining the firm, Kate Ridgeway received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, graduating magna cum laude with a major in political science and a minor in philosophy. In May 2014, she graduated in the top third of her class from the West Virginia University College of Law. While in law school, Kate was a research assistant for an international and human rights law professor and earned three CALI awards, in recognition of the highest grade in each course. Kate was also a member of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic, and as student clinician, was able to gain valuable land-use planning experience.  In addition to her experience as a student clinician and research assistant, Kate has focused primarily on real estate law, spending the summer of her 1L and 2L years interning at local real estate law firms. Kate currently resides in Inwood, West Virginia. 




E. Adelaide Crawford

Resident Attorney in Charles Town

304-725-3426 x1818




E. Adelaide Crawford graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 with a BS in Political Science.  She worked for the law firm of Crawford & Keller for a period of two years thereafter before entering law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law in the fall of 2013. During Addie’s two years working for Crawford & Keller, she gained extensive knowledge as a processor in the intricacies of putting a real estate closing together.  She graduated in May, 2016  in the top quarter of her class from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Cum Laude, with an emphasis in real estate law.  While in law school, Addie was a research assistant for her family law professor and participated in the Community Development Clinic which involved business law for clients who came to the law school seeking legal assistance. Addie currently resides in Charles Town, West Virginia. 






Pam Hinkle spent the first half of her career in the mortgage industry working locally as a manager, loan originator, and underwriter for One Valley Bank/BB&T , then as Vice President of Mortgage Operations at BCT. In addition to graduating from WV Bankers school she attended dozens of related courses to be versed in each aspect of the job but her favorite part was always dealing with the customer. She brought these traits to Crawford Law Group in 2002 and focused on real estate settlements. As the market shifted she added the roles of office manager and short sale negotiator. As always the customer remains her focus. 

Pam Hinkle  
304-725-3426 x1810  
  Shelley Gustines
  304-725-3426 x1804


Amanda Flinn

Amanda Flinn Cheryl Brown
Processor Title Abstractor
304-885-4030 304-262-2237 x1707



Laura Barr  

Laura Barr Donna Harrison
Processor Receptionist/Scheduler
304-725-3426 x1812 304-725-3426 x1804



Vicki Burns

9/2006 to Present – Crawford Law Group PLLC
1/1985 to 6/2006 – Bank of Charles Town

1984 to Present - Member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church. Served as Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, Youth Fellowship Leader. Participated in hand bell choir.

2/2012 to Present - Treasurer for Beulah Sunday School

American Red Cross blood donor – 11-gallon mark & counting


Vicki Burns      
304-725-3426 x1825      



Dan Rice has been with the Crawford Law Group for over 20 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Miami, and holds a Master of Science degree from New Mexico Highlands University.  He can occasionally be seen on stage at the Old Opera House across the street from our offices.

Crawford Law Group PLLC 1993- Present

University of Miami BS
New Mexico Highlands University-MS

Licensed Realtor WV (inactive)



Dan Rice
Title Abstractor
304-725-3426 x1808



Whitney Schroyer
304-262-2237 x1700