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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

James A. Walls

James A. Walls

Co-Chair, Shale Gas Group


  • Appellate Litigation
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Chemical
  • Battle Group - Litigation

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

Mr. Walls' practice is focused primarily on litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution. He has tried numerous high-profile civil and criminal cases and regularly advises clients in complex commercial, environmental and labor & employment matters. He also has arbitrated a number of high-stakes commercial disputes.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits


  • West Virginia University, B.S.B.A.
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D.
Areas of Practice

Appellate Litigation | Battle Group - Litigation | Battle Group-Litigation | Chemical | Compliance, Privacy & Investigations | Consumer Finance | Deliberate Intent Litigation | Energy Law | Higher Education | Labor & Employment Law | Litigation | Litigation - The Battle Group | Midstream Services | Natural Resources | Shale Gas Law | Toxic Tort Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Represented the plaintiff, one of the world’s largest steel and energy companies, in a dispute involving the construction and operation of a $35 million coal preparation plant
  • Represented the plaintiff, a large land-grant state university, in a commercial dispute involving a long-term steam and energy contract and tens of millions of dollars in damages
  • Represented the plaintiff, a mineral holding company, in a case involving millions of dollars in oil and natural gas royalties
  • Obtained the dismissal of a defendant energy company in a $40 million fraud case, and then sued the plaintiff in that case for malicious prosecution
  • Defended the leading collegiate sponsorship and media rights’ company in the country in a conspiracy and fraud case involving a long-term contract worth more than $70 million
  • Defended a solar start-up in a multi-million dollar dispute involving a long-term satellite and data contract
  • Defended a coal brokerage company in a contract dispute in which the plaintiff, one of the world’s largest coal companies, sought more than $40 million in damages
  • Obtained the dismissal of the defendant, a developer, in a fraud and conspiracy case in which the plaintiffs sought more than $300 million in damages
  • Represented a leading oil and natural gas drilling company in connection with a rig explosion that seriously injured seven workers
  • On behalf of a natural gas drilling company, convinced a state court to overturn a municipal ban on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing
  • Defended a high-profile former CEO of a publicly-traded energy company in a six-week trial in federal court in a case involving felony securities fraud and safety-related claims
  • Served as General Counsel of Anker Energy Corp    

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