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Michael J. Basile

Michael J. Basile

Managing Member

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
West Virginia, U.S.A.

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Mr. Basile is the Managing Member. Mr. Basile's primary areas of practice are state and local government law, business expansion & development, land use planning
and administrative law centering on economic and community development.


  • West Virginia University, B.S. in Finance, 1987
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1991
Areas of Practice
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

  • Affiliations

  • The High Technology Foundation, Board of Directors, 2015 - present
  • 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

  • Blogs

    Banking on This: Spilman Mortgage & Consumer Banking Report
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    This blog addresses mortgage regulations and consumer lending issues impacting financial institutions and businesses from a legal perspective. Postings largely focus on the legal environment in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, but often address issues of import to a...

    INGOTS: Raw Thoughts and Unpolished Ideas
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service law firm offering a broad range of practices, spanning litigation and corporate law, for clients large and small. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. This blog is updated and maintained by...

    Insurance Reform in America
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    We envision this blog as a place where we will gather and discuss important news and updates on current insurance reform and regulation in the United States. We will frequently be discussing national issues, but may occasionally discuss issues of a more localized import. We hope you will find it...

    Spilman Marcellus & Utica Shale News
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    Welcome to the Marcellus & Utica Shale News page, presented by Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC. Here you will find recent news items related to the Marcellus & Utica Shale energy plays. This page is a supplement to our e-newsletter, The Shale Play Today.

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