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William K. Schwartz

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Bill has successfully represented mesothelioma victims, injured workers and families for decades in West Virginia while obtaining millions in compensation for many. He earned a degree, a couple of Big East track medals and a Student Athlete Award at St. John’s University. He then went on to be a Justice on the Moot Court Board and finalist in the National Trial Competition at Washington & Lee University School of Law.

He began his legal career with several multi million dollar verdicts including defendants DuPont and Owens Illinois. He also obtained a verdict finding Union Carbide facilities unsafe for workers and obtained a punitive award. This success and dedication led to multi-million dollar resolutions to countless devastated workers and families providing essential compensation. His peers have even nominated him for several awards including as a Top Ten Attorney in 2024.

Benchmark Litigation identified him as "one of the preeminent Plaintiffs litigation practitioners in the country” and the National Trial Lawyers rated him as a Top 100 lawyer. He has been a speaker at seminars for lawyers across the country and has also lectured on law at West Virginia State University. He was also a member of the National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Executive Committee for the West Virginia Association for Justice where he received the President’s Award.


The Governor’s Panel of legal and business leaders recommended him for appointment as a Justice to a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and he was a candidate for that same office. Most recently he was recognized as a 2024 TOP 10 Attorney for the State of West Virginia by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

In addition to his legal work he has supported Covenant House as well as helping create and sponsor the Breath of Life organization raising over $100,000 for cancer research. As a former college athlete and father of athletes he created and sponsored the Capital High School Cross Country Invitational that welcomed hundreds of student athletes each year for many years. He is proud that his sons became sons of Marshall University. He also provided health care workers at medical facilities around the state with personal protective masks during the pandemic.Bill has practiced in courts around the state of West Virginia and assisted other lawyers in Texas, Baltimore, San Francisco and around the country. He has also been admitted in Kentucky, the District of Columbia and federal courts including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bill lives in Charleston with his wife, Jackie. She is a native of Roane County, WV and a long time assistant in the State Auditor's Office. They enjoy traveling, hiking, and exploring together around the great state of West Virginia and beyond.

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