Local Counsel with JB Akers

Charleston’s JB Akers tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine

By JB Akers on April 13, 2017


BEST RESTAURANT  –  I love the owners at Mi Cocina de Amor. They do a lot for our community.   

FAVORITE HISTORICAL FACT  –  In Kanawha County (a Native American name pronounced kuh-NAH-wuh), Daniel Boone was our first legislator to the Virginia State Assembly in 1791.

FAVORITE CITY EVENT  –  Live on the Levee, an outdoor summer concert series on our riverfront.

BEST PLACE TO GO AFTER A WIN  –  Wife and kids.

BEST PLACE TO GO AFTER A LOSS  –  Wife and kids.

FAVORITE COURTHOUSE PERK  –  My wife is a well-respected prosecutor. I get a lot of deference because of her.  

FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR OFFICE (BESIDES THE PEOPLE)  –  My two dogs, who come to work with me every day.  

FAVORITE PARK  –  Kanawha State Forest. Our kids have named a bunch of the landmarks, and it’s a fun place for us to spend time outdoors as a family.

GO-TO ARTS VENUE  –  The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. It’s a gem.

BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE WATCHING  –  My office. My windows overlook a busy downtown street and I see lots of people I know walking by. Sometimes I’ll text them when they’ve made a bad clothing choice.

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP  –  Never had a cup in my life—scout’s honor.  

FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT  –  Lola’s. Walking distance from our house, and we’ve known the owners for a long time.   

BEST CITY SPORTS MOMENT  –  I had a couple game-winning hits in church-league softball. You may have heard about them.

GO-TO SPORTS VENUE  –  West Virginia University for football and basketball.

MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT  –  Jennifer Garner. My wife went to high school with her, and we’ve met a few times. She’s as nice as she seems on TV.    

BEST LOCAL FOLKLORE  –  Toss-up between John Henry and The Mothman, both of whom have stories that originated not far from here.

OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS ARE IMPRESSED WITH  –  The friendly people. Come see us sometime.

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