THE FIRM This labor and employment team is a clear leader in the state, impressing clients with its business acumen and professionalism. It has recently successfully defended clients against age, disability and sex discrimination claims, and in deliberate intent cases.
Sources say: "They have sound understanding of our business and what we need to do."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bryan Cokeley is renowned for his excellent general labor advice, and for representing clients in a variety of employment litigation matters. "He knows the industry, understands the language and terminology, and provides a calming influence on the people he works with," clients say.
Sources note David Morrison's "engaging personality," and describe him as "bright, articulate and responsive to clients' needs."
Robert Steptoe is praised for his communication skills and highlighted as "a phenomenal lawyer with a great legal skill set." He has 40 years' experience of dealing with labor management relations, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination matters. He is also an AAA arbitrator, and has represented ski industry clients in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Rodney Bean represents clients in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and the West Virginia Human Rights Commission. According to sources, he is "practical, timely and delightful to work with."
Christopher Slaughter provides labor and employment litigation advice to clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing.
David Dick's experience of working in human resources managerial positions informs his practical approach to labor and employment law. His expertise covers OSHA, discrimination claims, labor contracts and labor arbitration.
Trial lawyer John Merinar represents clients in the leisure, media and education industries. He is praised for his legal knowledge and people skills, and for his "ability to explain legal intricacies to a layman."