Ellen J. Vance
Charleston, WV
office 304.357.4474
Winston-Salem, NC
mobile 304.545.0522
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Ms. Vance’s primary areas of practice are labor and employment law and litigation.


  • Queens College, B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, 1998
  • West Virginia University, J.D., 2001


  • Defending employment discrimination actions before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission
  • Defending employment discrimination actions before West Virginia state and federal courts
  • Advising employers during union organizing drives and elections
  • Advising employers on personnel policies, employee manuals and handbooks
  • Defending general litigation matters
Deliberate Intent Litigation Labor & Employment Law Litigation


  • Listed by Best Lawyers for Employment Law - Management
  • Listed by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star 


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


  • American Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Coauthor, “Sarbanes-Oxley: When Is the Whistle Blown or a Flag Thrown on the Play – An Employer’s View,” (ABA – Section of Labor & Employment Law, Mid-Winter Meeting 2003)
  • Issue Editor, West Virginia Law Review
Numerous Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Ones to Watch 2023 The Potential Impact of the EEOC's Equity Action Plan SuperVision - Labor and Employment Law Insights, Issue 2, 2022 64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers Rise in Employment Law Claims: Knowing the Risks and the Long-Term Legal Implications Anticipated fr Employment Tips and Traps for a Remote Workforce Employee Pay, Benefit and WARN Act Obligations: Updates Regarding COVID-19 Spilman SuperVision Symposium Helps Businesses Maximize the Value of Human Capital 21 W.Va.-based Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers Spilman SuperVision Helps Region’s Largest Employers Manage New Business Uncertainties 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 Global Chemical Company Wins Gender Discrimination Summary Judgment Fortune 500 Client Gets Voluntary Resolution of FMLA and Disability Discrimination Suit Summary Judgment of Class Action Claims for Multi-State Grocery Store Retaliation Claim Against Global Chemical Companies Dismissed with Prejudice