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  • Welcome to Spilman
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    • Welcome to Spilman
    • Firm History
    • ReSolutions-Annual Report
    • Global Reach
    • Diversity

    Expect different.

     
    Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service, super-regional law firm serving local, national and international businesses. The firm has seven offices located in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina and lawyers admitted to practice throughout the country.
     
    Innovative in our thinking and approach, we have erased the boundaries of a traditional law practice to think like a true business. Our people are passionately engaged to provide client-driven solutions that achieve clients’ business goals and build partnerships. Understanding that our value is in the experience our clients receive, we believe in a client-first philosophy—selfless, hands-on, relentless and collaborative. This is why you can expect different.
     

     

    At Spilman, more than 150 years of client focus are dedicated to your future.

     

    Continuing Spilman's tradition of providing wise counsel, thought leadership and innovative practices, we promise to help our clients do precisely that. Our focus – past, present and future – is on achieving client-defined success and fostering a prosperous, long-term, client-centric partnership.

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    ReSolutions is Spilman's annual report, designed to keep friends and clients of the firm up-to-date on our ever-evolving approach to delivering legal services. ReSolutions also serves as a formal announcement of all strategic hires made throughout the calendar year.

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    Recognizing that our clients' needs can be global in nature, Spilman is committed to exploring innovative opportunities with worldwide professional networks. We are pleased to extend the power of these global connections to our clients.



    Spilman Thomas & Battle is the exclusive member firm in West Virginia for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we can provide our clients with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers around the world – all from a single point of contact.

    Individually, each Lex Mundi member firm is a leader in its local market. Collectively, Lex Mundi firms provide global legal resources with unmatched depth and breadth. Working with other Lex Mundi firms, we are able to seamlessly handle our clients’ most challenging cross-border transactions and disputes.



    Spilman is a member of World Services Group, a network of professional services firms with more than 130 members in over 115 countries. WSG offers unique tools and services, allowing members immediate access to one another in order to provide their clients superior service.

    Furthermore, WSG includes member firms/companies from various disciplines, as a result of representing virtually every private and public business in the world. Members can draw from the world's largest reserve of experience.


     

    Spilman will never stop striving to achieve a more diverse workplace. The pursuit of diversity is not merely the right thing to do; we know that diverse teams produce greater results. When it comes to diversity, our philosophy is that there is no finish line.

    Supporting Minorities in the Practice of Law

    Spilman is dedicated to supporting minorities in the practice of law. That support has been demonstrated in various forms, including financial support of minority scholarships, bar dues, job fairs, seminars, mentoring programs and research projects. We are involved with several law school minority hiring programs. For instance, each year the West Virginia University College of Law places a minority law student with our firm for the summer. We also have hired local minority high school students as summer interns to encourage them to attend college and, ultimately, law school.

    In addition to the mentoring all associates receive at Spilman, the firm has connected minority associates with successful professionals outside the firm, who share the same minority status. It is our goal to assist our minority lawyers in adjusting to professional life and provide them with networking opportunities.

    In furtherance of our commitment to diversity, Spilman supports the following initiatives with monetary support, participation or leadership:
    • Scholarships earmarked for minorities and women
    • Internships earmarked for minorities and women
    • MAGNET research study on regional diversity by Charleston Area Alliance
    • The Hispanic National Bar Association
    • The National Black Law Student Association
    • The Diversity Law Institute
    • Minority Counsel Network of DuPont

    Supporting Women in the Practice of Law

    Women hold important roles at Spilman. Women have served on our management committee; as Chair of our Litigation and Corporate Departments; as Associate and Paralegal Supervisors; as Co-Chair of Recruiting; and as client relationship managers for some of our most important clients. In addition, the firm's Executive Director is female. Across the spectrum of positions and the firm’s locations, Spilman takes great pride in the increasing number of women who hold leadership roles.

    In 2012, Spilman worked in partnership with the Charleston Area Alliance to launch a regional study on diversity issues. As indicated by its title (the acronym “MAGNET”), this exciting and highly visible program was focused on exploring issues related to managing, attracting, and growing new and existing diverse talent. This research project was beneficial in terms of gathering new, quantitative and qualitative data regarding attitudes and opinions on diversity, image, place and recruiting within our region. From the data, a profile of the region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in these areas was developed. Spilman was involved as a key partner, providing the primary funding and presenting the results (devoting pro-bono attorney hours and staff support to such efforts). Our firm will remain actively involved with the Charleston Area Alliance and its 600 members, as the region and its business leadership continue efforts to address weaknesses and overcome challenges while leveraging strengths. Spilman believes the MAGNET project was a springboard for regional focus and progress on diversity issues.

    Spilman continues to offer a Women’s Professional Networking Series. These special events are intended to connect women for the purpose of expanding business and professional networks. Events are held at various locations around West Virginia, offering educational or social programming. Topics have included business etiquette, oenology, literature, leadership, and local sustainable agriculture. We believe that events like these, as part of our networking series, benefit Spilman’s women attorneys and the overall firm by providing a diverse forum for making valuable social and business connections, which will help to sustain the careers and enrich the lives of participants.


    Supporting Diverse Work Arrangements in the Practice of Law

    At Spilman, while we place significant emphasis upon our approach to diversity with respect to minorities and women, we believe that the conversation does not end there. We also recognize and accommodate diversity of work style to support our personnel in pursuit of work-life balance. On many occasions our firm has allowed and even encouraged Spilman attorneys to scale back to part-time or independent contractor status with proportional pay and proportional benefits. This “win-win” arrangement is beneficial, not only to the individual attorney, but also to the firm and to clients. Such flexible arrangements enable talented attorneys to tailor their workload in ways that allow them to balance the demands of work and family (or life outside work). These attorneys are welcome to return to the firm, as full-time or part-time attorneys, whenever they wish to do so.

    Finally, we believe it is noteworthy to mention that Spilman “re-engineered” its career progression model a few years ago, abolishing the typical “up or out” career track paradigm. As part of our new Associate Development Program, the firm allows diverse attorneys to choose from a variety of practicing roles/statuses to balance professional expectations and demands with individual preferences and lifestyle needs.