Christopher L. Slaughter

Huntington, WV

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(304) 526-8140
Huntington, WV


Chris Slaughter represents employers in labor and employment law matters. His practice is evenly divided between counseling and litigation. Mr. Slaughter has tried cases before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and he regularly litigates arbitration matters. His clients include companies in the construction, energy, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing industries.

Representative Experience

  • Represented employers in civil litigation arising from workplace accidents
  • Advised employers in OSHA and MSHA workplace accident investigations, including accidents causing serious injury and death
  • Represented employers in OSHA and MSHA citation contest cases
  • Represented employers in OSHA, MSHA, and state safety discrimination cases
  • Defended class actions presenting claims for benefits under employee benefit plans and claims for unpaid wages
  • Negotiated executive employment contracts with key employees
  • Defended employers in discrimination, retaliation, and workplace injury litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies
  • Defended employers in unfair labor practice charge litigation before the NLRB
  • Helped employers defeat union organizing campaigns
  • Assisted a large manufacturer through a reduction in force that impacted union and non-union employees, overseeing every aspect of the reduction from WARN Act notification to salaried employee evaluations to training managers to deliver the news to impacted employees
  • Resolved a whistleblower case for a public entity after the key witness and decision-maker was impeached and removed from his office by a public tribunal
  • Assisted a regional manufacturer with a reduction in force at operations in four states
  • Negotiated the severance of the CEO of a large manufacturer
  • Defended a coal company from a seven-figure contract claim over liability for Coal Act obligations
  • Advised employers engaged in strike contingency planning
  • Helped federal prosecutors by investigating picket line violence, including murder
  • Helped control mass picketing and violence through court litigation in state and federal courts
  • Negotiated labor agreements with a number of different unions

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. University of Kentucky
  • B.A. Marshall University


2000 Labor Counsel, Law Department, Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. (Temporary Assignment)
1999 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1995-1999 Smith, Heenan & Althen

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Recognized in Law & Politics Magazine's Virginia/West Virginia Super Lawyers®
Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia Bar Associations
Past President, Tri-State Society for Human Resource Management


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