Eric W. Iskra
Member in Charge of Client Relations | Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3875
mobile 304.550.6539
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Experience
  • Admissions
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources
  • Results

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.

“Eric is a fantastic lawyer and client partner. He did a great job of deeply understanding our case, coming up with a sound strategic approach, and implementing it." "He's a very talented lawyer.” —As quoted in Chambers USA, 2021


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


  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the 2023 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law - Management in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Labor & Employment Law - Band 1
  • 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


  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section: Council Member (Section governance) (2016 – present), Management Chair, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, (2014 - 2016); Co-Chair, 6th Annual Labor & Employment Conference (2012); Past Chair, YLD Labor & Employment Committee; Member, Commission on Mental & Physical Disability Law (2001 – 2005)
  • National CLE Conference, Labor & Employment Section, Program Co-Chair, 2013 – present
  • American Employment Law Council
  • World Services Group


Appellate Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Energy Law ERISA & Managed Care Health Care Law Labor & Employment Law Litigation Shale Gas Law


  • 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

Reported Cases

  • Skelley v. FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. et. al., 2019 WL 1937570 (Harless retaliation claim does not apply to non-employers)
  • Flatt v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, 2019 WL 1748524 (S.D. W.V. 2019) (summary judgement on FMLA, gender and age claim)
  • Gates v. Morris, 2018 WL 1582470 (S.D.W.Va. Mar. 29, 2018)
  • Salem International University, LLC v. Bates, 793 S.E.2d 879, 238 W.Va. 229, 2016 (upheld class action waiver provision in arbitration agreement)
  • Caudill v. CCBCC, Inc., 386 Fed. Appx. 415 (4th Cir. 2010)
  • Kuthy v. Mansheim, Slip Copy, 2004 124 Fed. Appx. 756 (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)


  • 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

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Trial Techniques for the Labor and Employment Law Practitioner, Bloomberg/BNA, 2019
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Age Discrimination in Employment Law, Bloomberg/BNA, Second Edition (ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2015)
  • Contributing Author, The Family and Medical Leave Act, Bloomberg/BNA, 2015 Cumulative Supplement
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Mental & Physical Disability Law Reporter, 2001-2005
  • Co-author, Employment Law, West Virginia Continuing Legal Publication, 1998
  • 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

Community Involvement

  • Wake Forest University School of Law Board of Visitors
  • Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences Board of Trustees
  • Former Board President, Hospice Care, Inc.
Spilman Recognized in Chambers USA 2023 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2023 WV Super Lawyers List SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights, Issue 1, 2023 SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights, Issue 4, 2022 SuperVision - Labor and Employment Insights, Issue 3, 2022 Numerous Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Ones to Watch 2023 SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights, Issue 2, 2022 Spilman Recognized in Chambers USA 2022 Spilman Attorneys Named to 2022 WV Super Lawyers List SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights, Issue 1, 2022 Employment Matter Dismissed in Win for Client W.Va. Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Dismissal of Employment Lawsuit Global Chemical Co. Wins Dismissal with Prejudice in Employment Law Matter Employer Secures Dismissal with Prejudice in Wrongful Discharge Matter Home Improvement Chain Wins Summary Judgment in Discrimination & Retaliation Claim Global Chemical Company Wins Gender Discrimination Summary Judgment Fortune 500 Client Gets Voluntary Resolution of FMLA and Disability Discrimination Suit Global Chemical Co. & Health Care Benefits Co. Get Dismissal of All Claims Summary Judgment of Class Action Claims for Multi-State Grocery Store Telecommunications Conglomerate Acheives Walk-Away Victory