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Niall A. Paul

Niall A. Paul

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

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Mr. Paul is leader of the firm's Battle Group, a practice group dedicated to handling high-risk matters heading to trial. His primary areas of practice are trial work, litigation and appellate practice
focusing on complex tort litigation, class actions, medical monitoring, commercial and employment litigation.

Education

  • Bridgewater College of Virginia, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, cum laude, 1987
  • University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1990
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments


Representative Experience

  • Tried numerous cases to verdict for clients and litigated hundreds of disputes, including environmental and toxic tort claims, unfair trade practices, deliberate intent injury claims, and employment-related jury, bench and administrative trials
  • One of four lawyers in the nation selected to serve on a "litigation strike force" for an international Fortune 100 company
  • Serves as co-chair and outside counsel liaison for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company's "in-house" tort practice group
  • Often retained as substitute trial counsel in high risk matters
  • Defeated several class action certification motions, including recent victory in significant groundwater contamination action
  • Successfully defeated the West Virginia Attorney General's attempt to obtain a statewide immediate preliminary injunction against the world's leading check guarantee company
  • Counsel at a number of "Daubert" hearings challenging a variety of experts
  • Argued numerous cases before various state and federal appellate courts, including an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • Awards and Distinctions

  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Barrister, Order of Justicia and Order of Certus
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV (Highest)
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as one of America''s Leading Lawyers for Business in Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental Law, Litigation - Labor & Employment Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Chairman and Chief Judge, City of Charleston Civil Service Commission
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute

  • Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member and Officer of Hazardous and Chemical Product Committee
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Labor and Employment Law Section, and a member of the following committees: Product Liability (Chair of the Chemical & Industrial Products Sub-Committee), Corporate Counsel, and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

  • Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows, Santa Barbara, California, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Trying the Unwinnable Case," Litigation Counsel of America, Renaissance Symposium II, Watercolor, Florida, March 25, 2011
  • Spoken and published on the trial of complex toxic torts and the aggressive management of discovery in chemical product liability claims, including panels such as "Discovering the New Frontier - Discovery Management in the Age of New Science and New Legal Theories"; "We Win, You Lose - A Critical Look at Case Themes"; and "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Trying a Mass Tort or Class Action in Stages"
  • Program Chair and organizer of ABA Workshop: 2006 "Contamination Examination - A Regional CLE Workshop on the Changing Face of Chemical Product Liability Claims"; 2007 "The Chemical Products Liability Trial: Winning at Every Stage"; and 2008 "Mass, Class or Pass - Making Strategic Decisions in the Big Chemical Case"
  • Spoken and published internationally on Sarbanes-Oxley litigation, including a 2003 engagement in London, England
  • "Client Service in the Twenty-First Century - Finding Profits in Partnering," Texas State Bar Lawyer Boot Camp, 2003

  • 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...

    Biotech Business Lawyer
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

    Hugh is a business lawyer practicing with the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC in Roanoke, VA, with a particular interest in the field of biotechnology. He is senior editor and author of the ABA book, Biotechnology and the Law: A Primer. I hope that this blog will provide useful...

    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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