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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Paul G. Papadopoulos

Paul G. Papadopoulos

Co-Chair, State & Local Taxation


  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Federal Taxation
  • Construction Law
  • Health Care Law

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

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Mr. Papadopoulos’ primary areas of practice are general corporate law and tax law.

Bar Admissions


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • Davidson College, B.A. Economics, 1987
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1990
Areas of Practice

Construction Law | Corporate & Business Law | Federal Taxation | Health Care Law | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquistions | State & Local Taxation | Technology

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Representing a wide variety of clients from many industries, ranging from multi-national corporations to smaller entrepreneurial businesses
  • Representing clients in West Virginia state and local tax matters, including property tax appeals, assessments and claims for refund both in court and at the administrative level
  • Assisting clients in the formation of businesses, the buying and selling of businesses, financing, contracts, and general business and commercial law matters
  • Representing clients in commercial transactions of varying sizes
  • Representing non-profit and tax-exempt organizations

  • Reported Cases

  • Mountain America, LLC v. Huffman, 687 S.E.2d 768 (W. Va. 2009), cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 2377 (U.S. 2010). Represented Monroe County Commission in property tax appeal.
  • Concept Mining, Inc. et al v. Virgil T. Helton, Acting State Tax Commissioner, 617 S.E.2d 845 (2005). Represented taxpayer in coal severance tax case.
  • Consolidated Natural Gas Company v. Joseph M. Palmer as Tax Commissioner, 582 S.E. 2d 835 (W.Va. 2003). Represented taxpayer in tax credit case.
  • CNG Transmission Corporation v. Rebecca Melton Craig as Tax Commissioner, 564 S.E. 2d 167 (W.Va. 2002). Represented taxpayer in sales and use tax case.
  • State et rel. Clark v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of W.Va., Inc. 466 S.E.2d 388 (W.Va. 1995). Represented State in insurance insolvency matter.

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Author, Sales and Use Tax Deskbook, American Bar Association, West Virginia Chapter
    • Author, The Property Tax Deskbook, American Bar Association, West Virginia Chapter
    • Presenter, "Severance Taxes," West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, December 2018
    • Presenter, "West Virginia Sales Tax," National Business Institute, June 2016
    • Author, Working Together On Taxes, The West Virginia Lawyer, HQ Publishing, October-December 2011
    • Presenter, “Constitutionality of West Virginia Coal Severance Taxes,” Charleston Area Tax Group, 2004
    • Co-author, A 50-State Compendium of Construction Law Issues, ALFA International, The Global Legal Network, West Virginia Section, 2008

    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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