Michael J. Basile

Managing Member


Michael Basile

Firm: Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Address:300 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
United States of America
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Local Time:Wed. 15:44
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Mr. Basile is the Managing Member. Mr. Basile's primary areas of practice are state and local government, business, land use planning and administrative law centering on economic and community development.


Areas of Practice


  • Business Expansion & Development
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Energy Law
  • Government Relations
  • Shale Gas


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Representative Experience

  • Drafting and promoting legislation and administrative rules before the West Virginia Legislature and Executive Branch
  • Negotiating business site locations and expansions involving incentive application, property acquisition, tax and land use planning issues
  • Representing diverse mix of business clients during formation, sale, purchase, merger and dissolution activities
  • Establishing United States operating entities for international clients and facilitating foreign trade zone establishment and use
  • Representing business clients on state and local tax issues including business and occupation, sales, service, valuation, assessment and credits
  • Drafting and promoting The Marcellus Development Act
  • Drafting, reviewing and providing commentary on Marcellus Shale legislation, regulation and rules

    Work History
  • Associate General Counsel, General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Office of Governor Gaston Caperton, 1994 - 1997
  • General Counsel to the West Virginia Development Office, 1993 - 1994
  • Assistant and Senior Assistant Attorneys General, 1991 - 1993

  • Charleston Inter-Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman (2008 - 2014), Board of Directors, 2004 - Present
  • Charleston Area Alliance, Chairman, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, 2004 - Present
  • Vision Shared, Inc., Board of Directors, 2006 - 2014
  • Discover the Real West Virginia, Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
  • Young Presidents' Organization, Mountain State Chapter, Member, 2008 - 2011

    Awards and Distinctions
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for America's Leading Lawyers for Corporate/Commercial Law"
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers for Business/ Corporate and Government/ Cities/ Municipalities

    Bar Admission

  • West Virginia State Bar, Administrative and Legislative Law Committee, 1993 - 2000

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals


  • West Virginia University, B.S. in Finance, 1987

  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1991