John R. Merinar Jr.
(304) 933-8135, (724) 749-3160
Office: Bridgeport, Southpointe
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: PA | WV
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Clients appreciate that with the benefit of 27 years of experience there isn’t much that Jack hasn’t seen in labor law, which makes him quick on his feet, and adept at finding the best outcomes in difficult situations.  His experience goes back to the early 1990’s, when he cut his teeth in labor law seeking injunctions for picket line misconduct.  Before long, he was advising employers through union campaigns and elections, and negotiating labor agreements. In all labor matters, Jack’s goal is to advance the business interests of his client. He has seen the impact that labor problems can have on a business, so if it is sometimes necessary to go through a hearing or trial, that is something Jack is well prepared to do.  He is a seasoned trial attorney with a natural aptitude for trial work.  He has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.   His courtroom experience goes beyond labor issues to encompass construction law, defense of ski areas, libel cases against newspapers, and medical malpractice defense.  Although the vast majority of his practice is defense oriented, on those infrequent occasions when people of businesses have sought his assistance in pursuing lawsuits, Jack has succeeded there as well. 

Outside of his busy legal practice, Jack doesn’t slow down.  He is an avid runner and swimmer, and has been a volunteer coach for both cross country and swimming.  He’s been a board member of, and President of, a shelter for domestic violence victims, and a board member of, and counsel for the West Virginia chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.  In his spare time, Jack is a pilot who has logged more than 750 hours.

Work Experience

1992 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1984-1989 United States Marine Corps

Speaking Engagements


2018 Webcast: "Pipelines, Roads and Buildings: The Impact of Potential Joint Employer Liability on Infrastructure Projects"

2018 Webcast: "Joint Employer Hazards," (West Virginia Bar Association)

2018 Webcast: “Update on Labor Law Issues Under the Trump Administration," (Ohio Chamber of Commerce)

2016 Webcast: "Times Are Changing For Higher Education at The NLRB"

2016 Webcast: “Preparing for a Campaign Under the NLRB’s New ‘Quickie' Election Rules”


2018 Presentation: “How to Avoid Trouble Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” (WV Society of Human Resources Managers, 2018 Annual Meeting)

2018 Presentation: "Construction Right to Work Issues" (West Virginia Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2018 Annual Conference)

2017 Presentation: “The National Labor Relations Board & You,” (West Virginia Society of Human Resources Managers, 2017 Annual Conference)

2017 Presentation: "Ethical Issues We Face as Attorneys," (Harrison County, WV Bar Association)

2016 Presentation: “W.Va. Code §29B-1-1 FOIA: Updates and Issues” (Government Finance Officers Association of West Virginia)

2015 Presentation: "Cooperative Liability for Injuries to Independent Contractors' Employees," (Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, Chief Executive Conference)

2015 Presentation: Moderator, “Campaigns Under the NLRB’s New Quickie Election Rules” (American Conference Institute)

2015 Presentation: “The Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplace Policies” (Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, Annual Meeting)

2014 Presentation: “The Impact of Regulatory Changes on Federal Contractors” (West Virginia Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Legislative Meeting)

2012 Presentation: “The Reserved Gate Doctrine” (West Virginia Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Legislative Meeting)


2018 Article: “Returning to Work After Injury: Hazards of Disability-based Harassment,” (West Virginia Employment Law Newsletter)

2017 Article: “WV Officially Right-to-Work State – So What Do You Need to Do?” (West Virginia Employment Law Newsletter)

2017 Article: “WV Lawmakers Expand Employment Opportunities for Convicted Criminals” (West Virginia Employment Law Newsletter)

2014 Article: “Accommodations for Pregnant Employees: Now More Than Ever, the Law" (West Virginia Employment Law Newsletter)

2011 Article: “Anatomy of a Ski Resort Organizing Effort” (National Ski Areas Association Journal, Volume 19, Issue 1, Feb-March 2011)

Key Experience

Counseled numerous clients through union organizing efforts
Negotiated or assisted clients in negotiating numerous collective bargaining agreements
Represented many employers in labor arbitrations

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Litigation - Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Litigation-Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
American, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Bar Associations
Board of Directors, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys