James  - A. - Walls

James A. Walls

Member in Charge of Morgantown Office
Morgantown, W.Va.
304.291.7947 - office
304.546.1584 - mobile


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


  • 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
After a ten-year stint as General Counsel of Anker Energy Corp., Mr. Walls returned to Spilman Thomas & Battle in 2002. His 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 has also arbitrated a number of high-stakes commercial disputes. Mr. Walls was recently recognized as the labor & employment litigation “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America. He was nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in commercial litigation. Mr. Walls is also a West Virginia Super Lawyer and a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Representative Experience

  • 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     
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