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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Laura E. Hayes

Laura E. Hayes

Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Group
Member

Expertise

  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Insurance

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

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

Profile
Ms. Hayes' primary areas of practice are insurance, litigation, and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Bar Admissions

Admissions

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

Education

  • West Virginia University, B.A. in History, 1993
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1996
Areas of Practice

Insurance | Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith | Insurance Defense | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Representing insurance companies before numerous circuit courts throughout West Virginia
  • Counseling and advising insurance companies on matters concerning coverage issues, bad faith litigation, bodily injury and property damage cases, insured contracts and infant summary proceedings
  • Assisting in the defense of bad faith litigation against insurance companies arising out of various types of policies including, but not limited to: auto, life, disability, health, commercial general liability and homeowner’s policies
  • Representing plaintiffs in bodily injury and property damage litigation
  • Preparing and arguing cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Assisting in the defense of multi-million dollar employer liability cases (Mandolitis) involving catastrophic injuries and death
  • Assisting in bad faith and Unfair Trade Practices Act trials against insurance companies
  • Representing various health insurance companies in cases involving disputes over benefits, insurance policy terms and conditions
  • Representing various disability insurance companies in cases involving disputes over benefits, insurance policy terms and conditions
  • Representing various companies regarding the interpretation and application of insured contracts

  • 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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