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Spilman Member Kinder Receives Award for Leadership Role in L&E Seminar Development
August 12, 2022
Charleston, W.Va. — The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that partner Eric E. Kinder was selected as the 2022 recipient of the DRI Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award. He is being recognized for his leadership role in the development of DRI’s 45th annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar.

Each year, DRI hosts dozens of seminars on various areas of the law, and this award is bestowed upon a single organizer. It honors an individual who created a dynamic educational program enhancing DRI’s image, and who further has led and participated in effective planning, marketing, and presentation of the educational program. Leadership, dedication, and creativity in seminar development also are considered. Above all these achievements, the program must meet organizational expectations established for the seminar.
Kinder's primary areas of practice at Spilman are labor and employment law with an emphasis on wage and hour, including class and collective actions, age discrimination, and daily advice and counsel. He is often instrumental in ensuring Spilman’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group delivers the most timely, accurate, and valuable information on major changes in the law to clients via e-blasts, webinars, and scholarly articles.

“Eric has such a keen eye for relevant and important topics, it’s no surprise he did a phenomenal job spearheading the seminar or that DRI is honoring him with this award,” said Eric W. Iskra, Chair of Spilman’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. “He’s an invaluable member of our L&E team, and clearly DRI has seen what we see day in and day out from Eric.”

DRI will officially confer the award to Kinder at its upcoming annual meeting.

In addition to his membership in DRI, Kinder also is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He is recognized annually as a leader in labor and employment law by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers.

About DRI
DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. It has served the defense bar for more than 50 years and focuses on education, justice, balance, economics, and professionalism and service. For more information, please visit

About Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service, super-regional law firm serving local, regional, national and international businesses. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Roanoke, Virginia.

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