William K. Schwartz



The National Trial Lawyers Association selected Bill Schwartz as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in West Virginia. This selection recognized his dedication to representing injured workers and families for many years and this same association included him among the top asbestos and mesothelioma trial lawyers. He was also named as a litigation star in the publication Benchmark Litigation. Bill’s reputation is built not just on superior results, but on open and honest communication with his clients and hard work preparing his cases. This is not only appreciated by clients, but by his peers, opposing counsel and the courts. Other attorneys have consistently recommended him as a reputable and effective litigator. In fact, one publication identified him as “one of the preeminent Plaintiffs litigation practitioners in the country.”

Bill earned his Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University where he was selected to serve on the Moot Court Board, judging student competitions and papers, as well as coaching the Regional Champion Mock Trial team in the National Trial Competition. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York City. He earned both academic and athletic scholarships, including a scholarship for graduate studies, while winning medals at the Big East and competing in National Track and Field Championships. He has shown not only success, but passion in his pursuits and this has carried over into his representation of clients.

Bill has practiced law in West Virginia since 1988. He has developed into one of the leading lawyers in the State who represent victims of toxic and chemical exposure, particularly claims of asbestos exposure. He has personally prepared, tried to verdict or negotiated individual settlements for nearly one hundred victims of mesothelioma in the State of West Virginia. Each case received individual treatment from Bill and his staff. He has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients and successfully argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Bill also participated in and delivered closing arguments at consolidated trials resulting in precedent setting verdicts against DuPont and Union Carbide. He also obtained a then record verdict for a mesothelioma victim in West Virginia as well as the first verdict on behalf of a mesothelioma victim against his employer in West Virginia.

As a speaker across the country at seminars for lawyers representing victims of mesothelioma and other toxic exposure cases, Bill has learned from the experience of other lawyers. He has also lectured on law at West Virginia State University. Lawyers in West Virginia and across the country regularly seek his advice and assistance in preparing their own cases for trial. He often comments on behalf of victims’ rights to the news media and appears at the legislature to advocate for fair legislation for the injured and their families. Bill and his assistants have created a large database and files of documents and other evidence for toxic tort cases in West Virginia. He and his staff have proven time and again that they can prosecute a case to resolution quickly and successfully for a mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancer victims.

Bill is admitted to practice law in West Virginia, Kentucky, The District of Columbia, The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the executive committee of the West Virginia Association for Justice and a member of the American Association for Justice, as well as The National Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association- Top 10. This is an invitation only association of top 10 attorneys from each state or region practicing in this area of law. Bill lives in Charleston, with his wife and their children, and continues to advocate for the rights of victims in the courts, the media and the legislature. He is proud of his elder son who is now a student-athlete for the Marshall University Thundering Herd.

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    J.D. 1988
    Honors: Moot Court Board
    Honors: Mock Trial Team, Regional Champions, National Trial Competition
    Honors: Winner, W&L Client Counseling Competition
  • St. John’s University, New York, New York
    B.A. 1982
    Honors: Academic and Athletic Scholarships
    Honors: Medalist, Big East Track and Field Championships
    Honors: Student Athlete Scholarship for Graduate Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia Association for Justice Member
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • West Virginia State Bar Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association Member
  • The District Of Columbia Bar Member
  • The National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association