Karin L. Weingart
Chair, Federal Black Lung Practice Group | Member
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3851
mobile 304.545.5742
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Ms. Weingart’s primary areas of practice are federal black lung, workers' compensation and general litigation.


  • Youngstown State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1986
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995


  • Defending employers in workers’ compensation claims related to occupational disease, occupational pneumoconiosis, hearing loss and injury
  • Representing employers in appellate proceedings before the Office of Judges, Workers’ Compensation Board of Review and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, including oral arguments before the Supreme Court
  • Defending employers at all levels of litigation related to Federal Black Lung claims
  • Providing advice and training to third-party administrators, insurance companies and self-insured employers regarding West Virginia workers’ compensation law, claims administration and litigation
  • Coordinating defense of mass filings of workers’ compensation occupational disease claims related to asbestos exposure filed with the Ohio Industrial Commission
  • Drafting legislation for workers’ compensation reform before the West Virginia Legislature in 2003
  • Defending class action product liability and toxic tort lawsuits
  • Serving as defense liaison counsel in asbestos litigation in both a national counsel and local counsel capacity
  • Taught legal communications, written and oral advocacy, at The University of Akron School of Law
Appellate Litigation Federal Black Lung Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation Workers' Compensation


  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as "Lawyer of the Year" 2013 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers in Charleston, W.Va.
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Ohio inactive
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania inactive


  • American Bar Association
64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 67 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 66 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 62 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2017 57 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2016 56 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2015 Workers’ Compensation “Zombies” Invade West Virginia Legislature 55 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2014  West Virginia Supreme Court Approves Impairment Tables Spilman Attorneys Named 2013 Lawyers of the Year Order Granting No Award for Occupational Pneumoconiosis Affirmed Result in Federal Black Lung Case Saves Client $350,000