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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Eric E. Kinder

Eric E. Kinder



  • Labor & Employment Law
  • ERISA & Managed Care
  • Government Relations
  • Appellate Litigation

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

Mr. Kinder's primary area of practice is labor and employment law with an emphasis on wage and hour, employee benefits, ERISA litigation, and USERRA.

Bar Admissions


  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia


  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1988
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1994
  • University of Virginia Trial Advocacy School, 2004
Areas of Practice

Appellate Litigation | ERISA & Managed Care | Government Relations | Health Care Law | Immigration & Naturalization | Labor & Employment Law | Litigation | Nursing Homes

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Drafting and reviewing a broad cross-section of employment, personnel policies, practices and procedures
  • Developing strategies and providing guidance and advice to employers on labor and employment issues
  • Serving as lead counsel in defense of employment discrimination complaints before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and in state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Serving as lead counsel in representation of employers in actions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") in federal trial and appellate courts
  • Advising clients regarding ERISA compliance and health and welfare/pension plan administration issues
  • Serving as lead counsel on behalf of employers in claims brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA")
  • Serving as lead counsel in defense of general litigation matters, including matters involving covenants not to compete and other employment and labor issues
  • Giving frequent lectures at regional seminars for employers and counsel on the legal and practical aspects of litigation and labor and employment laws, including wage and hour and USERRA
  • Serving as co-chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group

  • Representative Cases

  • Hesson v. Morrison-Knudsen Co., Inc., 117 Fed. Appx. 857 (4th Cir. 2004)
  • Cleveland Police Patrolman's Assn. v. Cleveland, 107 Ohio App. 3d 248, 668 N.E.2d 548 (Ohio Ct. App. 1995)

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Age Discrimination in Employment Law, Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2015
    • Co-author, “Rule 30(b)(6) at 45: Is It Still Your Friend?,” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, Vol. 24 No. 1, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Fall 2015
    • Co-author, "The Pessimist's Guide to Employment Litigation," For the Defense, August 2012
    • Co-author, chapter on West Virginia, Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2016
    • Working Group Member, The In-House Counsel's Essential Tool Kit, Volume 4, Employment Law, ABA Section of Business Law 2007

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