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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Nicholas S. Preservati

Nicholas S. Preservati

Co-Chair, Energy


  • Energy Law
  • Compliance, Privacy & Investigations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Consumer Finance

WSG Practice Industries


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

WSG Leadership

Energy Group
Group Leader
Mr. Preservati’s primary area of practice is energy law with an emphasis in complex litigation.

Bar Admissions


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


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1994
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1997
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Compliance, Privacy & Investigations | Consumer Finance | Energy Law | Environmental | Environmental Law | Litigation | Midstream Services

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Representing energy clients in all facets of litigation, including complex, “bet-the-company” matters
  • Representing coal companies in civil and criminal investigations relating to mining injuries and fatalities
  • Representing corporate plaintiffs in multi-million dollar disputes
  • Representing global Fortune 100 company and serving as de facto general counsel for multiple subsidiaries
  • Representing energy clients before state and federal courts
  • Representing energy clients before state and federal administrative agencies
  • Representing clients in high-stakes litigation regarding the sterilization of millions of tons of recoverable coal reserves
  • Drafted West Virginia statutes and regulations regarding the drilling and operation of oil and natural gas wells and natural gas pipeline safety
  • Representing businesses in personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability matters
  • As in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 electric utility, litigated and managed thousands of personal injury, asbestos and wrongful death cases; managed admiralty and maritime operations
  • Representing clients in federal white-collar criminal cases and assisting corporations in responding to complex federal grand jury subpoenas

  • 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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