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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Elba (Bo) Gillenwater, Jr.

Elba (Bo) Gillenwater, Jr.

Of Counsel


  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
West Virginia, U.S.A.

Mr. Gillenwater has retired from active participation with the firm. During his years of active practice (1973 - 2014), his primary areas of practice were general litigation defense, professional liability defense, insurance defense, health care, real estate and mediation.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Berea College, B.A., History and Political Science, 1965
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1973
Areas of Practice

Construction Law | Insurance | Insurance Defense | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Serving as outside Risk Manager and litigation counsel for Ohio Valley Medical Center, a community hospital, while the hospital was self-insured, 1985 - 1999
  • Serving as liaison counsel between excess carrier and hospital for purposes of determining hospital's insurance coverage needs, placement and renewals
  • Providing claims management services
  • Serving as lead counsel in several cases involving personal injuries, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and professional liability
  • Serving as counsel for general hospital, handling a diversity of health care related issues including contract preparation and review, hospital and medical-dental staff bylaws review and revisions, medical-dental staff disciplinary proceedings and employment law

  • WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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