Eric  - W. - Iskra

Iskra, Eric W.

  • Member in Charge of Client Relations
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group
Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3875 - office
304.550.6539 - mobile

Education

  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., 1991
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Mr. Iskra's practice encompasses trial work and litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment, employment class action, wage and hour class/collective action, and other high-stakes litigation. He is Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Iskra is also on the firm's Management Committee and is in charge of client relations.

Representative Experience

  • Serving as lead trial counsel on multi-party federal and state claims of race, sex, religion, age and disability discrimination, class actions, breach of contract, wrongful termination, retaliation, defamation, unlawful harassment, whistleblower, state and federal wage claims, FMLA claims, USERRA claims, duty of loyalty and non-compete claims
  • Serving as lead counsel in employment and wage and hour class/collective actions
  • Serving as lead trial counsel on high-stakes litigation matters, including employee benefits, product liability, managed care liability, and commercial litigation matters
  • Extensive experience in federal and state appellate matters
  • Providing strategic advice and counseling to companies dealing with the full array of employment and labor issues
  • Performing equal employment opportunity audits and due diligence investigations for multi-national corporations
  • Developing strategies and providing guidance and advice to employers on labor issues, campaigns and collective bargaining agreements
  • Speaking at national and international programs such as the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, the National CLE Conference, Southern Methodist University School of Law's National Employment and Labor Law Conference, Tulane University School of Law's National Employment and Labor Law Conference, the State Society of Human Resources Conference, and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Conference

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member; Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Management Chair (2014 - present), Administrative Chair (2010 - 2011), Program Chair (2012 - 2014); Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Vice Chair (2011), Co-Chair (2012); Past Chair, YLD Labor & Employment Committee; Member, Commission on Mental & Physical Disability Law (2001 - 2005)
  • American Employment Law Council, Member
  • World Services Group,  Member

Distinctions

  • Elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor & Employment Law, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Labor & Employment law
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 1 of 12 "Young Gun" executives in West Virginia by West Virginia Executive Magazine

Reported Cases

  • Caudill v. CCBCC, Inc., 2010 WL 2640466 (4th Cir. 2010) Kuthy v. Mansheim, Slip Copy, 2004 WL 2757437 (4th Cir. (W.Va.)), 34 Employee Benefits Cas. 1074 (4th Cir. (W. Va.), Dec. 3, 2004)
  • Gardner v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., Slip Copy, 7 Fed. Appx. 241, 2001 WL 378276 (4th Cir. (W. Va.)), 25 Employee Benefits Cas. 2696 (4th Cir. (W. Va.), Apr. 16, 2001) (No. 00-1834)
  • Marks v. West Virginia Dept. of Health & Human Resources, 181 F. Supp. 2d 639, 27 Employee Benefits Cas. 1593 (S.D. W. Va., Jan. 25, 2002)
  • McCutcheon v. Valley Rich Dairy, 81 F. Supp. 2d 657 (S.D. W. Va., Jan. 21, 2000) (No. Civ. A. 2:99-0926)
  • Gardner v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., 978 F. Supp. 667 (S.D. W. Va., Sept. 23, 1997) (No. Civ. A. 2:960423)

Publications

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Mental & Physical Disability Law Reporter, 2001-2005
  • Associate Editor, Age Discrimination in Employment Law Supplement, BNA 2006-2009
  • Contributing Author, "Age Discrimination in Employment," BNA 2006 Supplement
  • Coauthor, "Employment Law," West Virginia Continuing Legal Publication, 1998

Community Affiliations

  • Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Hospice Care, Inc., Former Board President

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