Edward W. Rugeley III
Member | Chair, Asbestos Litigation Group | Chair, Associate Program | Chair, Recruiting | DEI Committee Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3881
mobile 304.541.0946
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Mr. Rugeley's primary areas of practice are litigation, deliberate intent, toxic tort, asbestos and product liability.


  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1983
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1986
  • West Virginia University, doctoral work in political sciences, 1993 - 1996


  • Representing clients in complex toxic tort actions and mass consolidations
  • Defending clients in product liability cases in both the state and federal court systems
  • Litigated cases to completion in both state and federal courts
  • Acting as one of four defense liaison counsel for statewide asbestos litigation
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University, 1996 - 2001
Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Litigation Asbestos Litigation Chemical Deliberate Intent Litigation Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
  • Leadership West Virginia Class of 2003


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Judicature Society
  • Defense Research Institute

Publications & Presentations

  • Featured in "Team Chemistry - Cytec Industries Inc. and Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC" by Steven Andersen, Counsel to Counsel Magazine, Fall 2010
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