Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Legal Services | West Virginia, USA
tel: +1 304 340 3800 | fax: +1 304 340 3801
300 Kanawha Boulevard, East | Charleston | West Virginia | 25301 | USA

Main Contacts

Eric W. Iskra

Chair, Labor and Employment

Jeffrey D. Patton

Member in Charge of Winston-Salem Office

Overview

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service, super-regional law firm serving local, national and international businesses. The firm has seven offices located in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina, and lawyers admitted to practice throughout the country. Innovative in our thinking and approach, we have erased the boundaries of a traditional law practice to think like a true business. Our people are passionately engaged to provide client-driven solutions that achieve clients’ business goals and build partnerships. Understanding that our value is in the experience our clients receive, we believe in a client-first philosophy—selfless, hands-on, relentless and collaborative. This is why you can expect different.

Year this Office was Established: 1864
Lawyers Worldwide: 140

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Members

John F. Allevato

John F. Allevato

Co-Chair, Federal Taxation
Michael J. Basile

Michael J. Basile

Chair, Business Expansion & Development
Kevin L. Carr

Kevin L. Carr

Co-Chair, Labor and Employment
Travis H. Eckley

Travis H. Eckley

Co-Chair, Real Estate Group
Betty J. Evans-Pagur

Betty J. Evans-Pagur

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lee F. Feinberg

Lee F. Feinberg

Co-Chair, Utility, Energy & Communications Law Group
David P. Ferretti

David P. Ferretti

Member in Charge of Lawyer Administration
Laura E. Hayes

Laura E. Hayes

Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Group
Mark E. Heath

Mark E. Heath

Co-Chair, OSHA & MSHA
William M. Herlihy

William M. Herlihy

Chair, Natural Resources
Eric W. Iskra

Eric W. Iskra

Chair, Labor and Employment
Bruce M. Jacobs

Bruce M. Jacobs

Co-Chair, Consumer Finance Group
Heather Heiskell Jones

Heather Heiskell Jones

Chair, Insurance Defense
Clifford F. Kinney

Clifford F. Kinney

Co-Chair, Medical Monitoring, Product Liability Litigation, and Toxic Tort Litigation s
Alexander  Macia

Alexander Macia

Co-Chair, Government Relations
Nicholas P. Mooney

Nicholas P. Mooney

Chair, Technology
Joyce Fleming Ofsa

Joyce Fleming Ofsa

Co-Chair, Real Estate Group
Paul G. Papadopoulos

Paul G. Papadopoulos

Co-Chair, State & Local Taxation
Don C. A. Parker

Don C. A. Parker

Chair, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
Jeffrey D. Patton

Jeffrey D. Patton

Member in Charge of Winston-Salem Office
Peter M. Pearl

Peter M. Pearl

Member in Charge of Roanoke Office
Jason C. Pizatella

Jason C. Pizatella

Co-Chair, Government Relations
Edward W. Rugeley

Edward W. Rugeley

Associate Supervisor
Grant P. H. Shuman

Grant P. H. Shuman

Chair, ERISA & Managed Care
Karin L. Weingart

Karin L. Weingart

Chair, Federal Black Lung
Derrick Price Williamson

Derrick Price Williamson

Co-Chair, Utility, Energy & Communications Law Group
David L. Yaussy

David L. Yaussy

Chair, Environmental

Senior Attorneys & Associates

Grace K. Dague

Grace K. Dague

Associate (West Virginia State Bar application pending)
Brandon M. Hartman

Brandon M. Hartman

Senior Attorney
Tai Shadrick  Kluemper

Tai Shadrick Kluemper

Assistant Chair, Recruiting
Sarah E. Kowalkowski

Sarah E. Kowalkowski

Senior Attorney
James E. Simon

James E. Simon

Senior Attorney
Chelsea E. Thompson

Chelsea E. Thompson

Senior Attorney
Joseph C. Unger

Joseph C. Unger

Associate

Counsel

Other

Anthony D.  Mullins

Anthony D. Mullins

Litigation Support Manager
Joseph C. Unger

Joseph C. Unger

Associate

Articles

Federal Circuit Court Holds that Gender Dysphoria is a Protected Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland) held that gender dysphoria, a condition experienced by some transgender individuals, is a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. See Williams v. Kincaid, No. 21-2030 (4th Cir. Aug. 16, 2022).This ruling extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), such as the right to a reasonable accommodation, to individuals with gender dysphoria...

The NLRB Proposes to Re-Re-Revise Its Joint Employer Standard

On September 6, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking ("NPRM") regarding the standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). The rule as proposed would effectively overturn a rule on the same subject issued just over two years ago during the Trump administration.  Joint employment status has been a bit of a tennis match since President Obama’s second term when that Board made it easier to find joint employment status...

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Press

Spilman Strengthens Estate & Corporate Team with New Hire

Charleston, W.Va. — Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that Charles W. “C. W.” Pace, Jr., recently joined the law firm as a partner in its Charleston office. Pace’s primary areas of practice are estate planning, probate, commercial transactions, corporate law, and tax. He regularly provides advice and assistance to clients on a wide array of estate planning strategies, including various forms of complex transfer tax planning strategies, business succession, special needs trusts, and charitable trusts. He also advises fiduciaries on trust, probate, and estate matters...

Spilman Expands Corporate Team in W.Va. and Va.

Charleston, W.Va. — Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that two new associates have joined the law firm. Grace K. Dague joined the firm’s Charleston, West Virginia office. A recent graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, her application with the West Virginia State Bar currently is pending. Once admitted to the Bar, her primary areas of practice will be corporate law and real estate law. James W. McCauley Jr. joined Spilman’s Roanoke, Virginia office. A graduate of Widener Commonwealth Law School, he recently earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law...

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