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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

David R. Croft

David R. Croft

Co-Chair, Federal Taxation
Co-Chair, Wills, Estates & Trusts
Member in Charge of the Wh


  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Federal Taxation
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Closely Held Business Services

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

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Mr. Croft's primary areas of practice are tax law, health care compliance, commercial transactions, estate planning and administration.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Tax Court


  • West Liberty State College, B.S., Accounting, 1989
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1999
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance Law | Closely Held Business Services | Corporate & Business Law | Federal Taxation | Health Care Law | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquistions | Private Client Services | State & Local Taxation | Tax Credits | Technology | Wills, Estates & Trusts

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Federal and state tax compliance and litigation
  • Commercial transactions that include the creation, dissolution and merging of business entities
  • Corporate reorganizations for profit and nonprofit entities
  • Health care compliance focusing on Federal Stark, Anti-Fraud and Anti-Markup rules
  • Estate planning and administration
  • Business succession planning
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Nonprofit entity creation and compliance
  • Real estate transactions and title examinations
  • West Virginia University College of Law, Adjunct Lecturer:
  • Partnership Taxation, Spring 2002 and 2003
  • Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, Summer 2004
  • Property III, Wills, Intestate Succession, Estate Administration, Trust and Future Interests, 2002 - 2006
  • Estate Planning, 2007
  • West Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant, May 1994 (currently inactive)

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • "Estate and Income Tax Planning with Mineral Interests," 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida, January 2013
    • "Estate and Tax Planning Aspects of Oil & Gas Transactions," West Virginia Bankers Association Annual Spring Seminar, May 2012
    • "Anatomy of a Business Transaction," Due Diligence, The West Virginia Bar Association, June 2011
    • "Tax Aspects of Employment Litigation," Multi-State Labor and Employment Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, May 2009
    • "Update on Estate and Trust Case Law and Legislation," West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, June 2012

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