William D. Wilmoth
(304) 231-0456
Office: Wheeling
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: PA | WV
See Education


Bill Wilmoth concentrates his practice in litigation, particularly in defending complex commercial and energy cases, securities cases, and health care cases. He also counsels clients in health care compliance audits and in health care fraud and other white collar criminal investigations. During his legal career, he has tried a wide variety of personal injury and criminal cases in state and federal court in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He served as United States Attorney for over five years and as Assistant United States Attorney for three years. He has also been involved in appellate proceedings before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Work Experience

1999 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1993-1999 United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
1980-1993 Schrader Byrd & Companion
1977-1980 Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
1975-1976 Law Clerk, Hon. Robert E. Maxwell, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WV

Speaking Engagements

Evidence law instructor, West Virginia University

Frequent speaker at continuing legal education and industry seminars on commercial litigation and white collar crime issues

Key Experience

Represented various banks and credit card companies in WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act litigation
Represented major national brokerage houses in securities litigation
Defended banks, brokers, and brokerages in investigations by WV Attorney General

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Criminal Defense: White Collar, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Bet-the-Company-Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® Morgantown Area Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Lawyer of the Year 2011
Super Lawyer®
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
U.S. Department of Justice Committee on Health Care Fraud
U.S. Department of Justice Committee on White Collar Crime
Chair, Department of Justice Committee on Civil and Financial Litigation
Member, Attorney General Janet Reno's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Defense Research Institute
Substantive Law Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as one of four members to the Supreme Court Committee on the Revision of the West Virginia State Bar By-Laws and Rules and Regulations
Graduated cum laude, West Virginia University