From television documentaries to CLEs, Spilman attorneys try to participate in events that make sense for us and our clients. Spilman-hosted seminars help organizations prepare for what lies ahead. Our knowledgeable professionals share recommendations and best practices for navigating the complexities of the business world. You will find our upcoming events listed below. Please check back often for updates!

Spilman's SuperVision Learning Series


The SuperVision™ learning series is Spilman's comprehensive approach to helping businesses maximize their human capital. Our symposiums and webinars focus on high-level human capital issues affecting businesses in our region.

We offer this series free of charge to our friends and clients in the private sector who would benefit from education on labor and employment issues, including C-level executives, company presidents, human resources directors, general operations managers and in-house counsel of private and publicly held companies.

Previous Seminars

Immersed: Diving Deep Into Your Employment Policies & Practices

Dates & Locations:
     • PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA): May 17, 2016, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  [CLOSED]
     • Marriott Town Center (Charleston, WV): June 24, 2016, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  [CLOSED]
     • The Grandover Resort (Greensboro, NC): September 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM [CLOSED]

How long has it been since your company did a thorough review of your employment policies and practices? Where are your weak spots and potential litigation risks? Sometimes it takes getting completely IMMERSED to uncover the legal limitations and opportunities that lie deep beneath the surface. We want to help you discover the uncharted waters where you could be vulnerable and find the right solution.

In 2016, Spilman SuperVision™ will take a deep dive into the most pressing issues affecting today's workplaces. Join us to discuss how to audit your employment policies and practices to ensure they are in line with current regulations and best practices. This year’s event also will provide an opportunity for you to have Q&A time with a lawyer to discuss specific issues of concern to you. 

Previous Webinars

The Must Haves for an Effective (and Defensible) Workplace Investigation

Presenters: Erin Jones Adams, Carrie M. Harris
Date Presented: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

When employment problems arise, the first thing a good HR professional will do is investigate the claims. But what does a good investigation look like, and what do you need to consider during your investigation to head off or prepare for any potential litigation arising from the situation? Spilman Thomas & Battle Member Erin Jones Adams and Carrie Harris addressed these topics and more in a special one-hour webinar designed to help you handle your next investigation with confidence.

Employment Law Changes in the 2016 West Virginia Legislative Session

Presenters: Kevin L. Carr, Eric E. Kinder, Mitchell J. Rhein
Date Presented: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

The 2016 West Virginia Legislative Session saw several controversial bills arise, including the “Establishing WV Workplace Freedom Act,” also referred to as the right-to-work bill. How will this newly enacted law affect West Virginia employers? In this webinar, Spilman Members Eric Kinder and Mitchell Rhein explained exactly what it does and does not do, and how you may be affected. They also addressed other key legislation adopted this year and how it will affect your business.

Contractors, Employees, Salary Basis: Get Your Classifications Right

Presenters: Larissa C. Dean 
Date Presented: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Big changes are on the horizon for employers. The Department of Labor has recently proposed new regulations to the salary basis test for white collar exemptions and issued new guidance for independent contractors. This DOL is signaling that more of your workforce should be classified as “employees” and that fewer employees will qualify as “exempt” from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. These new rules and regulations will likely impact your business. Now is the time to prepare. In this webinar, Spilman attorneys King Tower and Larissa Dean used hypothetical examples of employment and salary situations to explain these changing employment classifications and provide you with best practice tips for evaluating your workforce in advance of the pending change to the regulations. You will walk away from this webinar with a better understanding of how these new rules and regulations are likely to impact your business and a workable framework to evaluate your workforce and prepare for the changes to employment classifications.

How Might Your Company be Affected by West Virginia's Employment Law Changes?

Presenters: Eric W. IskraEric E. Kinder
Date Presented: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Several bills affecting employers in West Virginia were brought before the 2015 Legislative Session, including bills relating to discrimination, prevailing wage, wage payment issues, and more. Which ones passed, and how will they affect you? Our attorneys closely monitored these bills to share the latest updates with you. During this hour-long webinar, Spilman Members Eric Iskra, chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, and Eric Kinder discussed what changes you need to be prepared for.

What's Next in Employee Wellness: Impact of the ACA and New EEOC Initiatives

Presenters: Erin Jones AdamsEric E. Kinder
Date Presented: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Affordable Care Act provides employers with a road map on how to implement and administer employee wellness programs. Spilman attorneys Eric Kinder and Erin Jones Adams discussed the components of an effective wellness program, the capacity for it to help your bottom line and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Community Banking Excellence

Our Community Banking Practice Group offers a series of events and webinars to engage in a more in-depth conversation with our friends and clients about the community banking issues affecting them today.

Previous Webinars

Be Prepared: Developing a Plan for Addressing Security Problems that Works for You

Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Research shows that incident response planning can significantly decrease the cost of a data breach. In this webinar, Spilman Senior Attorney Brienne Marco and Spilman Chief Technology Officer Dustin Davies will focus on steps you can take now to prevent data breaches from occurring, to help you in assessing the nature and scope of an incident when it occurs, and to help you contain and control an incident to prevent further unauthorized access to or use of customer information.

Facing Merger Challenges


Presentation Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Spilman Member Hugh B. Wellons, with Stephen M. Lane of Strategic Risk Associates, discuss the challenges to completing a successful bank merger. Learn what they believe to be the top challenges and how to manage them. This webinar also will help any bank prepare to be considered for a merger.


Cybersecurity Risks in the Face of an Evolving Bank Liability Standard for Commercial Accounts

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
The growth of electronic banking and ingenuity among cyberthieves continues to present increased risks for financial institutions in the areas of account takeovers, cyber theft, and unauthorized transfers. The standards for allocating liability for losses between customers and financial institutions continue to develop based on recent court decisions. In this webinar, Spilman Member Scott Adams will discuss recent warnings from cases addressing these issues and the statutory framework for allocating losses. You will also learn best practices for addressing cybertheft risks with commercial customers.

Environmental Forum

The environmental practice arena is a dynamic regulatory space.  Laws and regulations continue to evolve; enforcement postures and procedures vary from state to state, and across industries and regulatory domains. Significant recent events in our region have brought environmental compliance and safety to the forefront of public debate.  Keeping up can be a daunting task. Spilman's Environmental Practice Group regularly monitors and provides comments on new and changing regulations as they arise. When our clients need guidance on hot or emerging environmental issues, and a simple newsletter or email update just isn't enough, our Environmental Forum provides more in-depth educational opportunities via webinars or seminars exploring those issues. For more information about upcoming Environmental Forum events, please contact Pamela Kesling, Business Development Manager, at 


Upcoming Seminars

2016 Environmental Forum

Date: April 14, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center (Wheeling, WV)

These days, just staying in business requires understanding and following a broad and growing array of environmental regulations. Achieving success often means getting involved in advocating for the interests of your business at a public policy level, as well as avoiding litigation threats.

Staying on top of all this can be a lot to manage, which is why Spilman lawyers have created the Environmental Forum series: to keep clients and friends of the firm up-to-date on crucial environmental regulatory and legal issues affecting them. At this year's live Forum, we will discuss many environmental issues, from underground to air regulations, including:

  • NPDES Permits
  • Clean Power Plan
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • Nuisance Lawsuits
  • Pooling Issues
  • Waste Disposal
  • Legislative Updates
  • And More!
This event has been developed for company presidents, c-level executives, general counsel, and environmental, health & safety managers within the manufacturing, chemical and energy industries.

Apply Now to Attend

Previous Webinars

Aboveground Storage Tank Rules: What's Happening Now?

Presenters: Mark D. Clark, David L. Yaussy
Presentation Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EST
Spilman Thomas & Battle attorneys have been following developments and changes in the Aboveground Storage Tank Act since it was first introduced in the West Virginia Legislature in January 2014. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed proposed legislative rules and following the public comment period filed “agency-approved” rules for submission to the Legislative Rulemaking Review Committee. In this webinar Spilman attorneys Dave Yaussy and Mark Clark bring you up to speed on the current status of the rules and what’s next.

Meet Your Deadlines: West Virginia AST Act Challenges

Presenters: Mark D. Clark, David L. Yaussy
Presentation Date: October 30, 2014
Spilman environmental attorneys discuss the challenges and deadlines of West Virginia's AST Act.

Shale Gas Development and USEPA's New Oil & Gas Air Rules Package
Presenter:M. Katherine Crockett
Presentation Date: December 4, 2012
Spilman attorney M. Katherine Crockett, whose practice focuses on general environmental law, Marcellus & Utica Shale matters, environmental administrative appeals and civil environmental litigation, discusses new oil and gas air rules put in place by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Other Events

Previous Webinars

The 2016 WV Legislative Session and Your Business

Presenters: Alexander Macia, Charity K. Lawrence
Date & Time: Monday, April 4, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

The 2016 West Virginia Legislative Session was very active, but do you know which bills actually passed into law and how they will affect your business and litigation in the state? In this webinar, Spilman attorneys Alexander Macia and Charity Lawrence cut through the rhetoric to explain exactly what you need to know about this year’s session.

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