Michael A. Kawash

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304-347-8315
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304-344-9566
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Charleston, WV
  • Member, Robinson & McElwee, 1998-present
  • Associate, Robinson & McElwee, 1993-1997
  • Former Chair, Labor & Employment Department, Robinson & McElwee
  • Clerkship with the Honorable Thomas E. McHugh, Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1988-93

Mr. Kawash practices within Robinson & McElwee’s Labor & Employment Department, with a primary focus on workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation claims. He maintains significant experience defending West Virginia workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation claims and has represented corporate clients in administrative proceedings, including discovery, depositions, hearings and appellate levels.

Mr. Kawash practices before agencies such as the Human Rights Commission and Workers’ Compensation Office of Judges. Additionally, he has represented clients before the Department of Homeland Security with regard to immigration law, successfully finding asylum for an immigrant family. He represents clients in many industries, including retail, restaurants, residential heath care facilities, coal companies and manufacturers.

By gubernatorial appointment, Mr. Kawash serves as a member of the West Virginia Ethics Commission’s Probable Cause Review Board. Mr. Kawash is also a member of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Workers’ and Unemployment Compensation Committee.

Mr. Kawash has spoken to numerous business groups and authored various publications regarding workers’ compensation law and employment practices.

Before joining Robinson & McElwee, Mr. Kawash clerked for the Honorable Thomas E. McHugh, Justice for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, from 1988-1993.

In his spare time, Mr. Kawash enjoys and supports involvement in baseball. Mr. Kawash is a member of the South Charleston Little League Board of Directors and former member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

  • Nearly 20 years of experience defending West Virginia workers' compensation and unemployment compensation claims.
  • Representation of corporate clients in administrative proceedings, including discovery, depositions, hearings and appellate levels.
  • Representation of corporate clients' interests before government agencies.
  • Has spoken to numerous business groups, and authored numerous publications, regarding workers' compensation law and employment practices.
  • Clerkship with the Honorable Thomas E. McHugh, Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, 1988-93.
  • President, Rotary Club of South Charleston
  • Board of Directors Member; Marketing Committee Member; McClaugherty Raffle Committee Member; Former Executive Director of Search Committee, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
  • Board of Directors Member, St. Paul Radio Company
  • Member, Former Vice President of Programs, Serra International
  • Advocate, St. Michael the Archangel Council, Knights of Columbus
  • Lector and Catechist, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certificate, Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
  • Board of Directors Member, South Charleston Little League
  • Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scout Troop 31, Buckskin Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Former Cub Master, Cub Scout Pack 28, Buckskin Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Society for American Baseball Research, 2003
  • Former Chair, Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee