CHARLESTON -— The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle has announced that John R. Teare Jr., counsel in the firm’s Charleston office, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

He will serve a three-year term.

The Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s goal is to bring together attorneys who defend individuals and corporations in civil litigation for the purpose of elevating the standards of West Virginia trial practice, supporting and advocating for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence, and increasing the quality of services rendered by the legal profession to the citizens of West Virginia.

More information can be found at www.dtcwv.org.

Teare’s primary area of practice at Spilman is litigation defense, including handling matters for The Battle Group, the firm’s high-stakes litigation strike force. He has extensive experience serving as first chair litigator in jury trials.

Teare currently serves as general counsel to the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and West Virginia Housing Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from Wilmington College and his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law.

Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service law firm with more than 145 attorneys. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, W.Va.; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Roanoke, Va.

For more information, visit www.spilmanlaw.com.

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