E. William Harvit


The emphasis of my practice is in the following areas: Some cases have received local and national media attention such as The Sago Mine and Upper Big Branch Mine disasters.

Diseases from Asbestos Exposure

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
Accidents Involving Mining, Construction & Heavy Equipment

  • Tractor Trailers
  • Rock Trucks
  • Well Service Vehicles
  • Fuel Trucks
  • Continuous Miners
  • Excavators
  • Scoops
  • Improper and Illegal Mining Practices
  • Mining Augers, etc.

Injuries and Death from Defective Products

  • Vehicle Crashworthiness
  • Vehicle Braking Systems
  • Vehicle Transmissions
  • Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Respiratory Protection Devices
  • Blast Protection Equipment
  • Surgical Instruments, etc.

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Marital Trusts
  • Family Trusts
  • Special Trusts (Special Needs, Education, Incentive, etc.)
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Portability Elections
  • Medicare Set-Asides
  • Springing Powers of Attorney
  • General Powers of Attorney
  • Appointment of Health Care Surrogates, etc.

Business Succession Planning

  • Ownership Planning
  • Management Planning
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Installment Sale
  • Intra Family Sale
  • Gifts of Ownership
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Grantor Retained Income Trusts
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans
  • Maintaining Succession Plan for Ownership & Management, etc.

States Admitted to Practice
West Virginia, Virginia & Pennsylvania

Courts Admitted to Practice
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Virginia Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

West Virginia University – College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1987
West Virginia University Law Review – Lead Articles Editor
West Virginia University – College of Business and Economics
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – 1982

Honors and Awards
The American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers; West Virginia
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers; West Virginia
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Association’s and Memberships
West Virginia Association for Justice – Board Member
American Association for Justice
Kanawha County Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
West Virginia State Bar – Law & Medicine Committee
Virginia State Bar
Pennsylvania State Bar

Other Associations, Memberships and Presentations
The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition – Judge
Merck & Co. – Presentation on Evidence-Based Medicine
West Virginia State University – Presentation on Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants (Hot Coffee Case)
The Covenant House (helping people in need of food, clothing & shelter) – Board Member
Mana Meal, Inc. (providing meals to the hungry) – Volunteer
The National Eagle Scout Association – Member