Heather Heiskell Jones
Chair, Insurance Defense Practice Group | Co-Chair, Medical Monitoring, Product Liability Litigation, and Toxic Tort Litigation Practice Groups | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3842
mobile 304.545.9393
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Ms. Jones' primary practice is litigation, including healthcare litigation, toxic tort matters, medical monitoring and other class actions, product liability matters, employment discrimination and employer liability claims, deliberate intent claims, and insurance bad faith claims. She also is experienced handling cases in the West Virginia Business Court Division and has completed advanced mediation training with the West Virginia State Bar.


  • West Virginia University, B.A., cum laude, 1984
  • University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, 1996


  • Serving as lead attorney for businesses and employers in catastrophic injury and death cases involving alleged deliberate intent
  • Serving as lead attorney for chemical companies in toxic tort, product liability and medical monitoring class actions
  • Serving as lead attorney in employment matters, including gender discrimination/harassment claims
  • Serving as lead attorney for companies in litigation before the Mass Litigation Panel in West Virginia
  • Serving as lead attorney for manufacturers and distributors in product liability cases, including medical device and pharmaceutical products
  • Serving as lead attorney for intermediate care facilities in negligence litigation
  • Serving as lead attorney for businesses in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract and tortious interference with a business relationship
  • Serving as lead attorney for insurers in cases involving bad faith and violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, extracontractual and coverage issues
  • Serving as lead attorney for the nation's leading collegiate sports marketing company in a dispute involving multi-media rights


Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Chemical Deliberate Intent Litigation E-Discovery Education Law Energy Law Health Care Law Insurance Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Insurance Defense Insurance Government Relations & Regulatory Labor & Employment Law Litigation Medical Monitoring Natural Resources Nursing Homes Product Liability Litigation Shale Gas Law Toxic Tort Litigation


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: General Commercial
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers®
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Litigation - Insurance


  • 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


  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Past President, West Virginia State Bar Foundation

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, "Jury Selection/Voir Dire," 31st Annual Medical Device Seminar, June 2018
  • Featured in "Team Chemistry - Cytec Industries Inc. and Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC" by Steven Andersen, Counsel to Counsel Magazine, Fall 2010

Community Involvement

  • Former Member, West Virginia University Alumni Board
  • Leadership West Virginia, 1996

Personal Interests

Zevon & Heather
  • Animal lover
  • Birder
  • Gardener
  • Golfer
  • Lacrosse lover
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Online entrepreneur of festive men's jackets

Numerous Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Ones to Watch 2023 Spilman Recognized in Chambers USA 2022 Spilman Recognized in Chambers USA 2021 Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 1 The “Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act of 2020”: A COVID-19 Side Effect That Could P 64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 9 Spilman Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" 2021 The “Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act of 2020”: COVID-19 Side Effect that Could Per Product Lines - Toxic Torts and Products Liability Insights: Issue 1, 2020 Product Lines - Toxic Torts and Products Liability Insights: Issue 4, 2019 Hospital Dismissed Without Prejudice University Reaches Final Settlement of High-Profile Construction Litigation Matter