CHARLESTON -– The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle has announced that several of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 directory of leading attorneys.

Best Lawyers, published by Woodward White, Inc., is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 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.

The following Spilman attorneys were selected by their peers in their respective areas of practice:

* John F. Allevato: Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

* N.A. Ammar, Jr.: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Trusts and Estates

* Andrew P. Arbogast: Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants

* Michael J. Basile: Government Relations Practice, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* H. Dill Battle III: Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

* Paul M. Black: Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Financial Services Regulation Law

* M. Ann Bradley: Environmental Law

* Lewis G. Brewer: Employment Law – Individuals

* Samuel M. Brock III: Litigation – ERISA

* Kevin L. Carr: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management,

* Carl H. Cather III: Corporate Law

* Amy King Condaras: Banking and Finance Law

* James S. Crockett Jr.: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental

* David R. Croft: Tax Law

* K. Paul Davis: Corporate Law

* F. B. Webster Day: Corporate Law, Public Finance Law

* Paula L. Durst: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants

* Lee F. Feinberg: Energy Law

* David P. Ferretti: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Kelly B. Griffith: Commercial Litigation

* Mark E. Heath: Energy Law

* Carl H. Hellerstedt Jr.: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment

* Brian C. Helmick: Corporate Law

* William M. Herlihy: Corporate Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law

* Elliot G. Hicks: Commercial Litigation, Mediation

* Lee O. Hill: Corporate Law, Public Finance Law

* William T. Holmes: Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law

* Nathaniel C. Hunter: Real Estate Law

* Eric W. Iskra: Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment

* Bruce M. Jacobs: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy

* Heather Heiskell Jones: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants

* James H. Joseph: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy

* Eric E. Kinder: Litigation – Labor & Employment

* Neva G. Lusk: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar

* Olin R. Melchionna, Jr.: Trusts and Estates

* John J. Nesius: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

* Joyce F. Ofsa: Real Estate Law

* Don C. A. Parker: Insurance Law

* Niall A. Paul: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

* Sharon L. Potter: Commercial Litigation

* Arch W. Riley Jr.: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

* Edward W. Rugeley III: Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants

* Ronald W. Schuler: Corporate Law

* David B. Shapiro: Corporate Law

* Douglas T. Stark: Commercial Litigation

* Dale W. Steager: Tax Law

* John R. Teare Jr.: Litigation – Labor & Employment

* King F. Tower: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management

* Allyn G. Turner: Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Water Law

* James A. Walls: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor & Employment

* Karin L. Weingart: Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

* Hugh B. Wellons: Banking and Finance Law, Biotechnology Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Securities/ Capital Markets Law

* John C. "Max" Wilkinson: Environmental Law

* Derrick Price Williamson: Energy Law

* Charles L. Woody: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment

Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service law firm with more than 140 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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