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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

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 Iskra

Eric W. IskraChair, Labor and Employment

Jeffrey Patton

Jeffrey D. PattonMember in Charge of Winston-Salem Office

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC's 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
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 7
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 140


Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Bond Counsel
  • Business Expansion & Development
  • Chemical
  • Closely Held Business Services
  • Commercial Lending
  • Community Banking
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Deliberate Intent
  • E-Discovery
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental
  • ERISA & Managed Care
  • Family Law
  • Federal Black Lung
  • Federal Taxation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Govt. Relations/ Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Development
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation Defense
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mineral Title Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Private Client Services
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Public Finance
  • Public Policy Advocacy & Reform
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shale Gas
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Tax Credits
  • The Battle Group - Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Utility, Energy & Communications
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Workers' Compensation


John Allevato

John F. AllevatoCo-Chair, Federal Taxation

Andrew Arbogast

Andrew P. ArbogastChair, Litigation Department

Michael Basile

Michael J. BasileChair, Business Expansion & Development

Elizabeth Benedetto

Elizabeth A. BenedettoChair, Bond Counsel

Kevin Carr

Kevin L. CarrCo-Chair, Labor and Employment

Travis Eckley

Travis H. EckleyCo-Chair, Real Estate Group

Betty Evans-Pagur

Betty J. Evans-PagurDirector of Strategic Initiatives

Lee Feinberg

Lee F. FeinbergCo-Chair, Utility, Energy & Communications Law Group

David Ferretti

David P. FerrettiMember in Charge of Lawyer Administration

Laura Hayes

Laura E. HayesCo-Chair, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Group

Mark Heath

Mark E. HeathCo-Chair, OSHA & MSHA

William Herlihy

William M. HerlihyChair, Natural Resources

Eric Iskra

Eric W. IskraChair, Labor and Employment

Bruce Jacobs

Bruce M. JacobsCo-Chair, Consumer Finance Group

Heather Jones

Heather Heiskell JonesChair, Insurance Defense

Clifford Kinney

Clifford F. Kinney, Jr.Co-Chair, Medical Monitoring, Product Liability Litigation, and Toxic Tort Litigation s

Tai Kluemper

Tai Shadrick KluemperAssistant Associate Supervisor

Neva Lusk

Neva G. LuskChair, E-Discovery

Alexander Macia

Alexander MaciaCo-Chair, Deliberate Intent

Joyce Ofsa

Joyce Fleming OfsaCo-Chair, Real Estate Group

Paul Papadopoulos

Paul G. PapadopoulosCo-Chair, State & Local Taxation

Don Parker

Don C. A. ParkerChair, Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith

Jeffrey Patton

Jeffrey D. PattonMember in Charge of Winston-Salem Office

Jason Pizatella

Jason C. PizatellaCo-Chair, Government Relations

Nicholas Preservati

Nicholas S. PreservatiCo-Chair, Energy

Edward Rugeley

Edward W. RugeleyAssociate Supervisor

Grant Shuman

Grant P. H. ShumanChair, ERISA & Managed Care

Gerald Titus

Gerald M. Titus, IIICo-Chair, Commercial Trucking & Transportation

Karin Weingart

Karin L. WeingartChair, Federal Black Lung

Derrick Williamson

Derrick Price WilliamsonCo-Chair, Utility, Energy & Communications Law Group

David Yaussy

David L. YaussyChair, Environmental

Senior Attorneys & Associates

Joseph Ford

Joseph A. (Jay) FordSenior Attorney

Tai Kluemper

Tai Shadrick KluemperAssistant Chair, Recruiting

Sarah Kowalkowski

Sarah E. KowalkowskiSenior Attorney

Kellen Shearin

Kellen M. ShearinAssociate (West Virginia State Bar application pending)

James Simon

James E. SimonSenior Attorney

Chelsea Thompson

Chelsea E. ThompsonSenior Attorney

James Walls III

James C. Walls IIISenior Attorney



Sandra Burch

Sandra D. BurchProject Manager, The Battle Group

Anthony Mullins

Anthony D. MullinsLitigation Support Manager


Fourth Circuit Rules Debt Collection Provisions of West Virginia's Consumer Protection Statute Do Not Apply to Transactions Paid for at the Point of Sale
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, January 2021

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently decided that claims based on Article 2 of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act ("WVCCPA"), including claims based on its FDCPA-like debt collection provisions, do not apply to transactions where the consumer pays at the point of sale. In Hinkle v. Safe-Guard Products Int'l, LLC, Hinkle purchased a new car at a local dealership. During the purchase, she also purchased Guaranteed Asset Protection ("GAP") insurance provided by Safe-Guard. The dealership paid the cost of the GAP insurance on Hinkle's behalf and then included the cost in the amount financed for the car...

Congress Briefly Extends Part of the FFCRA - but Only the Tax Credits
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act ("FFCRA") was passed by Congress this spring to mandate two weeks of paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons and to extend the FMLA by creating a new reason for FMLA leave relating to the need for child care because of COVID-19. The details of the FFCRA were covered by the Spilman COVID-19 Task Force at the time of passage here.  The FFCRA was set to expire at the end of 2020, and there had been little noise out of Congress that it would be extended...

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Georgitis Named Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, October 2020

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that member attorney Matthew W. Georgitis recently was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) as a Fellow. The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, and is highly selective. Fellows are selected based on excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. More information can be found at https://www.litcounsel.org/. Georgitis is an experienced commercial litigator, having tried numerous cases to jury verdict...

64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

Charleston, W.Va. — Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that 64 of the firm's attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 directory of leading attorneys. The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc., is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 7.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. More information on the research process can be found at www.bestlawyers.com...

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