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    The phrase “fact is stranger than fiction” comes to mind when David Morrison reflects on his 35+ year career as a labor and employment lawyer.  Morrison is never surprised when he picks up the phone and an exasperated human resources director or in-house counsel regales him with the latest unique employee situation that needs untangling.  David genuinely enjoys helping his clients when they don’t know where to turn, and he is often the origin of creative solutions that can be implemented in a way that allows clients to retain their integrity and follow the law.  Helping clients avoid litigation, David invests time counseling them on what to do and what not to do, always with a listening and compassionate ear.  In the event that litigation does occur, David is the person to have on the team, having tried over 80 cases and arbitrations, and argued over 20 appeals before state and federal appeals courts. 

    David is an effective storyteller, and he often uses his experience to mentor and train young lawyers, helping them learn the importance of humanity in the practice of law.


    The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

    Memberships & Awards

    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    Member, MCLE Planning Committee for Employment Law Seminar, 2016
    Member, U.S. Magistrate Court Selection Committee, United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2015
    John L. McClaugherty Award for Dedication and Service, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2013
    Fellow, American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2010-present
    Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006-present
    The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2013-Present), Employment Law - Individuals (2011-Present), Employment Law - Management (2011-Present), Energy Law (2013-Present), Labor Law - Management (2011-Present), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011-Present), Mining Law (2008-Present)
    Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Appellate Practice, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Energy Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Labor Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Super Lawyers®, Member, 2007-2018
    Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation, 2016-present
    Board of Directors, West Virginia Bar Foundation
    Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2011-present
    National Mining Association
    American Bar Association, Section on Employment Law
    Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
    West Virginia Coal Association
    Member, Executive Committee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2006-2012 and 2015-2016
    President, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2009-2010

    Key Experience

    Advised client on “back to school” issues related to COVID-19
    Advised client on employee remote work arrangements related to COVID-19
    Advised client on EFLMEA issues related to COVID-19 and employee leave

    Work Experience

    1981 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    "Best Practices & Considerations in Crafting Coronavirus Vaccination Policies." Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Webinar, February 2021

    “LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace,” West Virginia Hospital Human Resources Association Webinar, July 9, 2019

    "If It Ain't Documented, It Didn't Happen: How and When to Document Employment Issues," West Virginia Coal Association Symposium, January 29, 2019

    “2018 Employment Law Update,” West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Employment Law 2018, Charleston, WV, May 24, 2018

    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, West Virginia Coal Association Symposium, January 30, 2018

    Impact of New Medical Marijuana Law on West Virginia Employers, June 2017

    “Conducting Effective Investigations,” W. Va. Chapter of SHRM, Bridgeport, WV, November 2, 2017

    “Energy Careers,” WVU College of Law, October 30, 2017

    Co-author and speaker, “Surprise! You Are a Joint Employer,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 37th Annual Institute, Charleston, SC, June 14, 2016

    Co-author, “Potential Recovery for Employment Actions in West Virginia and How the New Statutory Limits on Damages Will Support Practitioners,” West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, May 2016

    Co-author, ABA Treatise on Employment at Will, State by State Survey, 2011, and Annual Update through 2018

    Co-author, ABA Treatise on State Wage and Hour Laws, 2009, and Annual Update through 2018

    Co-author and speaker, “Reductions in Force: Factors to Consider to Avoid Liability to Laid Off Employees,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, FL, June 21, 2015

    Speaker, “Employment Law Update,” AIG Legal Symposium, New York, NY, March 24, 2015

    Co-author, “Internal Investigations of Employee Misconduct: Ethical Considerations,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, October 26, 2014

    Speaker, “Social Media and Employment,” The Law Works, West Virginia Public Television, October 17, 2013

    Speaker, “The Latest on Harassment Claims: Sexual, Non-sexual, and Who Qualifies as a ‘Supervisor’ Under Title VII,” American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, New York, NY, July 31, 2013

    Speaker, “Exempt Employee Determinations and Classifying Workers: A Focus on Key Industries and Independent Contractor Misclassifications,” American Conference Institute’s 16th National Forum on Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions, San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2012

    Co-author or lecturer more than 70 other times.

    Mr. Morrison also served as an adjunct lecturer on trial advocacy and pretrial strategies at West Virginia University College of Law.