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Our attorneys have an enviable record of success in defending manufacturers in a wide variety of legal action. Our asbestos defense practice is one of the largest in the state. We have successfully defended a large refiner in a statewide class action alleging damage to underground storage tanks. Robinson & McElwee attorneys regularly defend manufacturers in intentional tort actions brought by their employees. Tax litigation is another area of emphasis, one in which we have successfully defended manufacturers and others in a variety of disputes with the West Virginia revenue authorities.

Labor & Employment

Robinson & McElwee assists employers with issues arising from every aspect of the employment relationship. From union negotiation to wage and hour disputes and individual employer grievances, we have the experience and knowledge to help you reach the right resolution.

Among the services we offer are:

  • Labor relations and union avoidance
  • State and federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee handbooks
  • OSHA compliance
  • Workers’ compensation

Government Relations

Getting good results for our clients starts with developing good laws and regulation. Our attorneys are recognized in the halls of the Capitol as effective and regular advocates for the interests of their clients.


Our attorneys regularly advise clients on permitting and compliance issues, appeal and defend permits issues to clients and defend them against enforcement actions initiated by state and federal agencies. We have worked with clients to develop defense and compliance strategies related to all media – air, water, hazardous waste and solid waste.

Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing is still a significant component of the West Virginia economy, with a long history in the Kanawha River and Ohio River valleys.

Robinson & McElwee represents manufacturing companies of all sizes. Our firm represents manufacturers of consumer goods and industrial products in the chemical, metals, refining, electronics, forest and paper products and plastics industries.