Niall A. Paul



Niall Paul

Firm: Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Address:300 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
United States of America
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Local Time:Sun. 07:13
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Mr. Paul is leader of the firm's "Battle Group," a practice group dedicated to handling high-risk matters heading to trial. His primary areas of practice are litigation and appellate practice focusing on complex tort litigation, commercial and employment litigation.


Areas of Practice


  • Appellate Practice
  • Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Litigation
  • Tort


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

  • Obtained a number of jury verdicts for clients and successfully litigated more than one hundred disputes including various business issues and torts, including environmental and toxic tort claims, unfair trade practices, deliberate intent injury claims, and employment-related jury, bench and administrative trials

  • One of four lawyers in the nation selected to serve on a litigation strike force for an international Fortune 100 company

  • Often retained as substitute trial counsel in high risk matters

  • Successfully defeated the West Virginia Attorney General's attempt to obtain a statewide immediate preliminary injunction against the world leading check guarantee company

  • Works as troubleshooting appellate counsel, including recently successfully defending an employer pre-employment drug testing program

  • Argued numerous cases before various state and federal appellate courts, including an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • One of only twenty members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Negotiated Rule Making Committee on The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

  • Awards & Distinctions
  • Member, Trial Law Institute

  • Barrister, Order of Justicia and Order of Certus

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV (Highest)

  • Recognized in Chambers & Partners USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer

  • Chairman and Chief Judge, City of Charleston Civil Service Commission

  • Member, Diversity Law Institute

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

  • Professional Associations

    • American Bar Association
      Section of Litigaton
      Labor and Employment Law Section


  • Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows, Santa Barbara, California, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Trying the Unwinnable Case," Litigation Counsel of America, Renaissance Symposium II, Watercolor, Florida, March 25, 2011
  • Spoken and published on the trial of complex toxic torts and the aggressive management of discovery in chemical product liability claims

  • Spoken and published internationally on Sarbanes-Oxley litigation, including a 2003 engagement in London, England

  • "Client Service in the Twenty-First Century "Finding Profits in Partnering," Texas State Bar Lawyer Boot Camp, 2003

  • "I'm Telling Mom on You: Sarbanes-Oxley Revisited," National CLE Conference in Snowmass, Colorado, 2005

  • "The Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act: Forcing a New Look at Early Retirement Incentives and Waivers," Employee Relations Law Journal, 1991

  • Bar Admission

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

  • Supreme Court of Kentucky

  • United States Supreme Court

  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky


  • Bridgewater College of Virginia, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, cum laude, 1987

  • University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1990