Bryan R. Cokeley
(304) 353-8116
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: KY | OH | WV
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Bryan Cokeley concentrates his practice in the area of employment and labor law. In addition to counseling employers, Mr. Cokeley has tried more than 40 cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia. He has also appeared before administrative agencies such as the West Virginia Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Cokeley is the Chair of the firm's Labor Department and is Managing Member of the Charleston office.

Work Experience

1988 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1985-1988 Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles H. Haden, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of WV

Speaking Engagements

West Virginia's New Workers' Compensation Anti-Discrimination Provision: "The Road to Court is Paved with Good Intentions," 94 W. Va. Law Review 725 (Spring 1992)

Mr. Cokeley is an active lecturer on employment law, having spoken on the Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge, employee handbooks, workers' compensation discrimination, the unionization process, and sexual harassment.

Key Experience

Represented health care facility through trial and appellate proceedings in defense of allegations of retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act brought by former employee
Defended a major utility in a gender discrimination case that went to trial in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia
Defended a major hospital in a disability and age-discrimination case

Memberships & Awards

Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2015
Fellow, American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2013
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2018 Charleston, WV Labor Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Charleston, WV Employment Law, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2011 Charleston, WV Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
Society of Human Resource Management
Employment Law Committee, West Virginia State Bar
Senior Articles Editor, West Virginia Law Review
Order of the Coif
Graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, West Virginia University