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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Niall A. Paul

Niall A. Paul


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.


  • 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

  • WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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