CHARLESTON – Eric W. Iskra of Spilman Thomas & Battle recently was elected to the Council of the Labor and Employment section of
the American Bar Association.
Iskra is one of 12 management lawyers on the council, which
serves as the governing body of more than 19,000 section members. He said the
council oversees all 15 substantive committees of the labor section, including
countless continuing legal education and professional development programs.
“The labor section is part of the largest association of
U.S. lawyers, the American Bar Association,” Iskra told The West Virginia Record. “Through the council, the section has the ability to impact significant legal
issues in the employment and labor arena throughout the country.”
Iskra said the council also is committed to promoting diversity
issues in the legal profession and the workplace.
Iskra is chair of Spilman’s labor and employment practice group. He also serves as the member in charge of client relations. His law
practice encompasses trial work and litigation with an emphasis on labor and
employment, employment class actions, wage and hour class/collective actions and
other high-stakes litigation.
As a member of the council, Iskra said he wants to help advance
the field of employment law.
“I hope to work closely with my fellow management
constituents to advance the training and education of labor and employment
lawyers and to effect change that positively impacts employers,” he said.
Iskra is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by
Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest distinction, for excellence in
his law practice. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
and also has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.
Admitted to practice law in West Virginia, Iskra earned his
undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary in 1991 and his law
degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1994.
In addition to his work with the ABA, Iskra’s professional
affiliations include the National CLE Conference, the American Employment Law
Council and the World Services Group.
“I am humbled by this honor, as it serves as the capstone
for my 20 plus years of being active in the ABA labor section and practicing
labor and employment law,” Iskra said.
In the community, Iskra is a member of the board of trustees
for the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences and is a former board president
for Hospice Care Inc.
According to the American Bar Association’s website, the labor and employment section’s initiatives include diversity in the legal
profession, outreach to law students, pro bono work and labor/employment job
The section’s standing committees deal with alternative
dispute resolution in labor and employment law, development of the law under
the NLRA, employee benefits, employment rights and responsibilities, Equal
Employment Opportunity, ethics and professional responsibility, federal labor
standards litigation, federal sector labor and employment law, international
labor and employment law, occupational safety and health law, practice and
procedure under the NLR, railway and airline labor law, state and local
government bargaining and employment law, technology in the practice and
workplace and workers’ compensation.
The ABA said the section’s committees deal with emerging
legal issues “and are a major force behind many developments in labor and