Overview

Richard Wallace focuses his practice on both employment litigation and traditional labor law. He has experience in all phases of employment litigation in both state and federal courts, and his trial experience includes matters involving:

  • Race, age, sex and disability discrimination
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Workplace harassment
  • Violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • Breaches of the duty of loyalty

Rick’s extensive traditional labor law experience includes serving as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations, handling numerous labor arbitrations, and providing assistance and advice prior to and during union organizing campaigns and strikes. He has served as lead counsel in multiple labor-related litigation matters in federal court and represented numerous employers in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, including unfair labor practice proceedings, and unit clarification (UC) and representation proceedings.

In addition, Rick has developed affirmative action plans for employers and defended compliance audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

During law school, Rick was a member of the moot court board.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia

Former Chairman, Board of Directors

Friends of Clay Center

Member, Board of Directors

Kanawha HospiceCare

Recognition

Awarded, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2013 and 2014

Named, Rising Star

West Virginia

Super Lawyers

2009-2013, 2015-2016

Named, Class of 2012

Leadership West Virginia

Speaking Engagements

Workplace Violence Prevention in the Age of the "Active Shooter"

Charleston, WV

May 26, 2016
Workplace Violence Prevention in the Age of the "Active Shooter"

Charleston, WV

May 25, 2016
The New Bermuda Triangle: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of FMLA, Disability and Other Overlapping Leaves of Absence

Charleston, WV

February 11, 2016
The New Bermuda Triangle: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of FMLA, Disability and Other Overlapping Leaves of Absence

Charleston, WV

February 10, 2016
A Brave New World: Employment Arbitration Agreements are Now Enforceable in West Virginia

Charleston, WV

September 25, 2015
A Brave New World: Employment Arbitration Agreements are Now Enforceable in West Virginia

Charleston, WV

September 24, 2015

Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2002

Bar Admission

West Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia