Melissa S. Watkins
(304) 598-8160
Office: Morgantown
J.D. West Virginia University
M.P.A. West Virginia University
B.S. Fairmont State University
Licensure: OH | PA | WV
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Speaking Engagements

Financial Assistance Disclosures for Hospitals, 2016

"Lessons from the (Sweet) Briar Patch," Higher Education: Current Issues & Trends, 2016

"Don't Get Stuck Paying Taxes on Payment to Foreign Persons," 2014

"Highlights & Lowlights of the IRS's Findings in the Areas of Unrelated Business Income & Executive Compensation," 2013

"Non-profit and Governmental Organization's Under Fire," 2013

"Form 1099-MISC Reporting Tips," 2013

"Royalties, Gifts & Marcellus Shale: How to Handle a New Generation and Type of Charitable Giving" West Virginia Grantmakers 2011

"New Form 990," Division of Social Work at West Virginia University Workshop, 2008, 2009

"Form 990," Wheeling Chapter of CPAs, 2008

"Governance of Non-profit Organizations," Division of Social Work at West Virginia University Workshop, 2007

"Principles of Accounting/Financing Statements 101 for Nonprofits and Audits," Division of Social Work at West Virginia University, 2006-2008

"Taxation of Settlements and Judgments," West Virginia Bar Association, 2006

"Today's Issues Concerning Nonprofits," West Virginia Public Accountants Association, 2005

Key Experience

Established a separate real estate foundation to protect the endowed assets of a another foundation affiliated with a public university
Advises tax exempt organizations on the tax implications of their day-to-day activities and provides guidance on charitable fundraising, structuring charitable gifts, endowment administration, and corporate governance. She also counsels tax-exempt organizations on compliance and regulatory matters.
Represented a major tax-exempt client in a complex investigation by the FBI

Memberships & Awards

Recipient, West Virginia University College of Law, Lawyers & Leaders, WV Executive Magazine, August 2019
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® Morgantown, West Virginia Lawyer of the Year 2013
Former Adjunct Lecturer, College of Business & Economics, West Virginia University
Young Lawyer of the Year, West Virginia State Bar 2009
West Virginia Society of CPAs