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Leman Walton Auvil

Employment and labor Attorney at Parkersburg, WV

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Walt, Auvil

  • State Years
    West Virginia - WV 43 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 36 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 40 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WV
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1987
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1983
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Employment Law Center, PLLC
1208 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV, 26101


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Tabitha | November 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Working with Walt and his team was great. I will be using him again for any legal needs I may encounter in the future. My case took 3 years to settle with several curve balls, resistance and stall tactics, but Walt did not back down and stood up for what was right and owed to us. Not to mention he has an excellent sense of humor and made it easy to discuss things with. Excellent communication and always replies to questions and concerns very quickly. In my opinion, BEST ATTORNEY in WV.
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Response from Leman Auvil November 3, 2022
Tabitha thank you for your confidence in our firm. I am glad we were able to resolve your matter successfully.
Posted by Amie | November 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Walt and his team are excellent! I would recommend them for your employment needs. My case took 3 years to settle and Walt was available and willing to answer any and all questions and would not settle for anything less than what we were owed. Very professional and very knowledgeable, highly recommended!
Response from Leman Auvil November 3, 2022
Amie thank you for your perseverance in sticking with this matter through thick and thin. Glad we were ultimately able to obtain what you were due from your prior employer. We appreciate your confidence in our firm.
Posted by Amanda | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Huge help
He was amazing! He went above and beyond for our case! Very helpful with any questions or concerns! So glad and thankful for everything he did for us!!
Posted by Abe | October 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Employment Law Expert
I contacted the Employment Law Center in seeking advice and guidance on my work related issue. Mr. Auvil and his team were thorough, responsive and well versed in the employment laws surrounding my case. They took the time to listen to the facts of my case and create a road map for moving forward. Now that the case has been successfully resolved, I will always remember the professional treatment I received from Mr. Auvil and his team at the Employment Law Center. He is a strong advocate for his clients and a true gentleman. If you have an employment matter you need resolved, look no further than Mr. Auvil and the Employment Law Center. Thank you, Mr. Auvil, for representing me and my family.
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Response from Leman Auvil October 6, 2018
Thanks Abe. We were proud to represent you.
Posted by Teresa | May 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wrongful Termination
After I was terminated from my job while on medical leave, I never thought I would find an attorney willing to stand up to a corporate giant in West Virginia. I was referred to Mr. Auvil and when we met for a consultation, I could tell he would be an attorney that would be passionate about his clients. Mr. Auvil was attentive, sympathetic and took the time to listen to every detail instead of turning me away as I had expected. After explaining my situation, Mr. Auvil believed in me and he agreed to help me seek compensation. Mr. Auvil was very knowledgeable about the law, explaining everything to me from beginnnng to end. I was kept apprised about my case at all times. Mr. Auvil and his wonderful staff were readily available anytime I needed assistance or had questions. Due to Mr. Auvil’s excellent negotiating skills, we were able to get the other party to settle without costly litigation. Mr. Auvil was respectful, courteous and extremely kind to me. I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent me. He deserves the best recommendation that words can express. I highly recommend this attorney!
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Posted by Steve | January 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Job well done !!
Mr Auvil dug for the truth. From day one he listened to my complaint, gathered facts, put together a plan, and then executed. This was my first time being involved in such a matter, and I was a little nervous. Mr Auvil and his team kept me in the loop from the beginning, worked around my schedule, showed compassion and demonstrated empathy all with a high level of professionalism. Job well done Mr Auvil and team !!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2017
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Excelling in employment law
Mr. Auvil represented me in an employment law related matter. I am completely satisfied with his representation. Even though the employer did everything possible to lengthen this litigation and slow down the pace, Mr. Auvil never gave up, never quit, and keep pushing back against the employer until a successful resolution was achieved.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Prompt and Professional
After calling 3 "big law" firms, leaving messages on voice mails, and not receiving one return phone call, a friend recommended I call Attorney Walt Auvil at the Employment Law Center. Not only did I get a live person who answered the phone, the person could confirm no conflict with my employer, and scheduled a meeting with Attorney Auvil within 2 weeks of my call. In my first meeting with him, I felt immediate satisfaction because he was able to help me clearly see the legitimacy of my claim. In that meeting we established the course of action and my former employer was put on notice that same day. The end result provided not only personal satisfaction but financial satisfaction 13 times what the employer had offered me! Hiring the Employment Law Center to be my advocate was a good investment! He and the staff were consistently professional, prompt and courteous. I can not say enough good things about my experience.
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Posted by Patty | May 2, 2016
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Excellent attorney.
My attorney guided the case to a successful resolution. I have worked closely with attorneys for over 25 years. Walt is an exception to the norm. He is never too busy to call or email you; he does not play those games. He is kind, understanding and very down to earth. That is not to say he is a pushover. To the contrary, he advocates for you and is willing to take a stand. I never saw him intimidated by the other side. My case was handled beyond my expectations. I would recommend to him to anyone who has been subjected to discrimination. As a side note, his office staff is to be commended. They are terrific.
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Posted by Kimberly | March 13, 2015
Employment discrimination
I hired Mr. Auvil for an employment discrimination case about 15 years ago. Mr. Auvil was very professional and trustworthy. He was very knowledgeable about my case and my rights. He kept me informed about my case any time he had new information or any changes occurred. I have recommended Mr. Auvil to several people over the years and will continue to recommend him.
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Posted by Mike | March 6, 2015
Walt knows the law, and he is not intimidated when opposed by a large organization with significant financial and legal resources. Walt also knows his own limitations, and does not hesitate to ask others for advice. He is broadly connected, so finds answers quickly. Walt asked probing questions of me. These questions helped me prepare for mediation and deposition. Walt made space available for me to do research in his office. My case was settled the week before the court date.
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Posted by Lauren | March 6, 2015
Walt Auvil was wonderful.
Walt was impressive and so knowledgeable. From the first day we met through to the end of my case, he made it seem like I was his most important client. He and his team always kept me current on all communications and actions. I'm certain that his personality, experience, and drive were key in me receiving an appropriate resolution to my case. I strongly recommend Walt to anyone being help with an employment related matter. I know he helped a friend of mine when no one else thought they could.
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Posted by Travis | March 5, 2015
Not afraid to take on "Big Box Retailer".
I highly recommend Walton Auvil for any employment or labor issue. Walt and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, effective, and efficient. In my dealings with Walt, I found him to be completely honest and a straight shooter. These qualities are rarely found in his profession. Walt's representation, was the key to a favorable outcome against the endless pockets of a Retail Gaint
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Employment Law Center, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rusen & Auvil, PLLC
  • 1989 - 2015


  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • West Virginia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Perry v. W. Va. Dep't of Health & Human Res., 2016 W. Va. LEXIS 276 (W. Va. Apr. 14, 2016)
  • Reversed in part and remanded
  • Constellium Rolled Prods. Ravenswood, LLC v. Griffith, 775 S.E.2d 90, 2015 W. Va. LEXIS 726 (2015)
  • Affirmed in part, reversed in part
  • REM Cmty. Options v. Cain, 2012 W. Va. LEXIS 852
  • Affirmed
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  • West Virginia State Bar and Employment Law Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2015 - Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Workplace Fairness
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyer
  • N/A
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  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey
  • 2016
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey
  • 2013
  • West Virginia Law Review
  • Prosecutorial Discovery: An Overview
  • 1981
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Tortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-Sate Survey
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Taking 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions: Strategies for Success
  • 2014
  • Alabama Association of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Annual Conference
  • Selected Aspects of Independent Practice
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Walt and I have had "sister" cases on a number of occasions. He is aggressive, fair minded, and always works very hard for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walt is an excellent lawyer with a tremendous amount of experience."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Walt is a very fine lawyer, with extensive trial experience. I would recommend him very highly."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Parkersburg Employment and labor Lawyer Leman Walton Auvil
Leman Walton Auvil
Employment and labor Attorney
Parkersburg, WV
Licensed for 43 years