Joseph V. Schaeffer
Member | Co-Chair, Technology Practice Group
Pittsburgh, PA
office 412.325.3303
Morgantown, WV
office 304.291.7952
mobile 304.276.6227
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
  • Resources
  • Results

Mr. Schaeffer's primary area of practice is complex litigation.

Education

  • West Virginia University, B.A., summa cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Experience

  • Assisting an American subsidiary of a multinational manufacturer in litigation over land use regulations, property tax incentives, and utility access
  • Representing an American subsidiary of a multinational manufacturer in litigation challenging efforts by a local governmental entity to seize its facility using eminent domain
  • Representing a church in litigation asserting constitutional challenges to land use regulations
  • Representing a municipal government in an appeal challenging the denial of a property tax exemption for municipally owned property
  • Representing a developer in a public-private partnership with a state institution of higher education in appeals challenging its property tax assessments
  • Representing a state institution of higher education in litigation over the renovation of a historic academic building
  • Representing a collegiate sports marketing company in litigation challenging its contract managing the multimedia rights of a state institution of higher education
  • Representing a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation challenging the removal of its product from a State Medicaid preferred drug list
  • Representing a corporate defendant in toxic tort litigation
  • Representing an exploration and production company in litigation challenging the validity of an oil and gas lease
  • Representing a judgment creditor in litigation defending constitutional challenges to a civil contempt sanction imposed against the judgment debtor
  • Representing a national minority bar association in amicus curiae briefs submitted in support of petitioners for writ of certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States
E-Discovery Energy Law Environmental Law Higher Education Litigation Shale Gas Law Technology

Distinctions

  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Evidence

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyer Liaison to Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • American Bar Association - Environment, Energy & Resources Law, and Litigation Sections
  • West Virginia Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Sanctioning Abuse: Bad Attorney Behavior Risks Client Sanctions," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, December 2019
  • Author, "More Than a Potted Plant: Five Tips for Nonparty Deponents’ Counsel," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, November 2019
  • Author, "Develop the Theory Up Front: Proposed Amendment Fails to Defeat Summary Judgment," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, August 2019
  • Author, "Another Court Approaches Discovery on Discovery with Skepticism," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, April 2019
  • Author, "Proportionality Has Some Bite," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, March 2019
  • Author, "Claims for Lost Profits Can Lead to Claims for Lost Privilege over Tax Returns," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, February 2019
  • Author,      "When Preparing Your Client's Case, Trust but Verify Their Representations," Pretrial Practice & Discovery Practice Points, American Bar Association, December 2018
  • Author, “The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Do Not Recognize an Objection for Discovery Your Client Does Not Like,” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, October 2018
  • Author, “Service of Process in 280 Characters or Less” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, September 2018
  • Author, “Who’s Paying the Plaintiff’s Bills? You Might Not Be Entitled to Discover the Answer,” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, June 2018
  • Author, “When Is an Expert “Independent” for Purposes of a Protective Order?” Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, May 2018
  • Author, "The Apex Deposition: Practice Tips and Standards," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, April 2018
  • Author, "Spoliation: Dismissal Might Not End Duty to Preserve Evidence," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, March 2018
  • Author, "Medical Monitoring in West Virginia and the Surrounding States," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, 2017
  • Author, "Discovering Off-the-Record Conversations Between a Deponent and His or Her Counsel," Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association, December 2017
  • Co-Author, "Energy and the Economy: How Local Regulation May Impede Business Development," WV Executive Magazine, Spring 2014
  • Author, "Lease Contests in the West Virginia Shale Plays," ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Litigation Committee Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 3, August 2013
  • Author, "Municipal 'Fracking' Bans and Preemption in Appalachia," JURIST, July 2011
  • Author, "Pittsburgh: Politics Impede Marcellus Shale Development," JURIST, January 2011
  • Author, "Appalachia: Coal Law & Property Rights," JURIST, August 2010
  • Speaker, "2015 Shale Gas Law: Update on the Law," Update on the Law 2015, October 2015
  • Speaker, "Update on Shale Gas Law," Solo & Small Firm Conference, October 2014
  • Speaker, "Stormwater Enforcement," Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation in West Virginia, South Charleston, W.Va., October 2014
  • Speaker, "2014 Shale Gas Law: Update on the Law," Shale Gas Law - West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Morgantown, W.Va., September 2014
  • Panelist, "Drilling Down: Local Government and Natural Gas Development," Synergy 2013, Bridgeport, W.Va., October 2013
  • Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law

Community Involvement

  • Vice President, Scott's Run Settlement House Board of Directors
  • Member, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties Board of Directors
  • Former Chair, Citizen's Review Committee, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties
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