Paula L. Durst
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3834
mobile 304.545.4483
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Community Involvement
  • Other
  • Resources

Ms. Durst's primary areas of practice are toxic tort and product liability litigation.


  • University of Kentucky, B.S., with distinction, 1988
  • Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 1991


  • Account Manager for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Defense of a series of large toxic tort matters for corporate client in federal court
  • Defense of class action toxic tort and environmental matter for large corporate client
  • Defense of wrongful death, employer deliberate intent, toxic tort and product liability matters in state and federal courts
  • Defense of asbestos and silica premises and product liability defendants
  • Responsible for document collection and organization of nationwide product liability litigation matter
  • Defense of general litigation matters, including commercial, employment and labor law, and consumer rights
Appellate Litigation Asbestos Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Chemical Deliberate Intent Litigation Energy Law ERISA & Managed Care Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation


  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in General Commercial Litigation
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 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
  • United States Tax Court


  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Litigation
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee and Product Liability Committee

Community Involvement

  • Fund for the Arts, Member, Board of Directors, 1994 - Present
  • Chair, Wine & All That Jazz Festival, sponsored by Fund for the Arts, 2003 - 2004
  • Co-Chair, Wine & All That Jazz Festival and Blues Brews & BBQs Festival, sponsored by Fund for the Arts, 2005
  • Keep a Child in School, Member, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1997
  • Leadership West Virginia, 1999
  • Leadership Charleston, 1992


  • Participant in University of Virginia School of Law Nine-Day Trial Advocacy Institute, 1997
Numerous Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Ones to Watch 2023 64 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 9 Spilman Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" 2021 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 10 Spilman Attorneys Recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” 2015  56 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2015 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2013