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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Discrimination: 30%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 10%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 5%
  5. Class Action: 5%



Hourly ($400/hour), contingent (33-50%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Phillip Shanon Isner

    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.


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  • John Naif Ellem

    Walt is an excellent lawyer with a tremendous amount of experience.


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Contact info

The Employment Law Center, PLLC

1208 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV, 26101


WVAuthorized to practice law198108/13/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerN/AN/A
Best LawyerN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Employment Law Center, PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerRusen & Auvil, PLLC1989 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Virginia State Bar and Employment Law CommitteeChairman2015 - Present
West Virginia State Democratic Executive CommitteeMember2009 - Present
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2009 - Present
West Virginia Association for JusticeBoard of Directors2009 - Present
West Virginia Employment Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2004 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Salvation Army Advisory BoardBoard MemberN/A
Workplace FairnessSecretaryN/A
West Virginia State BarBoard of Governors2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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 852Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association Pretrial Practice and Discovery newsletterRule 30(b)(6) at 45: Is It Still Your Friend?2015
American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment LawEmployment at Will, A State-by-State Survey2013
West Virginia Law ReviewProsecutorial Discovery: An Overview1981
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionTortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-Sate SurveyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
West Virginia UniversityAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionTaking 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions: Strategies for Success2014
Alabama Association of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Annual ConferenceSelected Aspects of Independent Practice1991