C. David Morrison


The phrase “fact is stranger than fiction” comes to mind when David Morrison reflects on his 35+ year career as a labor and employment lawyer. Morrison is never surprised when he picks up the phone and an exasperated human resources director or in-house counsel regales him with the latest unique employee situation that needs untangling. David genuinely enjoys helping his clients when they don’t know where to turn, and he is often the origin of creative solutions that can be implemented in a way that allows clients to retain their integrity and follow the law. To help clients avoid litigation, David invests time in counseling them on what to do and what not to do, always with a listening and compassionate ear. In the event that litigation does occur, David is the person to have on the team, having tried over 80 cases and arbitrations, and argued over 20 appeals before state and federal appeals courts.

David is an effective storyteller, and he often uses his experience to mentor and train young lawyers, helping them learn the importance of humanity in the practice of law.

Representative Experience

  • Advised client on “back to school” issues related to COVID-19
  • Advised client on employee remote work arrangements related to COVID-19
  • Advised client on EFLMEA issues related to COVID-19 and employee leave
  • Advised client on union-related issues in conjunction with COVID-19
  • Advised client on workplace safety issues related to COVID-19
  • Won a jury trial for a large chemical manufacturing company in a case brought by seven women alleging sex discrimination and an Equal Pay Act violation
  • Obtained summary judgment for a large truck stop chain in federal district court in which the plaintiff claimed fraud in the inducement
  • Obtained summary judgment in two cases where the federal district court was asked to overturn labor arbitration awards
  • Assisted a large West Virginia bank in a post-merger reorganization of its workforce
  • Provided many training sessions to employees of clients on various HR topics, including EEO matters, harassment, documentation, investigations, hiring and interviewing, and factors to consider before firing
  • Handled arbitrations against the Teamsters, Steelworkers, Bricklayers, Service Employees, and Chemical Workers’ unions
  • Handled union elections in wood products, aluminum products, chemical, retail, health care, natural gas, coal, and hospitality industries
  • Handled a number of FLSA / Wage and Hour issues, including class actions, for clients both in litigation and in the investigative stage by the Department of Labor
  • Defended discrimination claims of race, gender, age, disability, religion, and national origin as well as retaliation claims in state and federal courts, as well as claims brought before the EEOC and state human rights agencies in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama
  • Obtained state and federal court injunctions for illegal strike activity in the chemical, tire manufacturing, coal, natural gas, trucking, wood products, and aluminum products industries

Licensed In

  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
  • B.A. Transylvania University


  • Member, Board of Directors, Mountaineer Education & Research Corporation, affiliated with the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital, 2015-2018
  • Member, Safety, Health & Human Resources Committee, National Mining Association, 2011-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Alderson-Broaddus College, 1992-2004, Executive Committee, 1999-2004
  • Member, Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Harrison County YMCA, 2006-2012
  • Member, Academic Excellence Committee, Harrison County Catholic Schools, 1992-2004
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Clarksburg Baptist Church, 1998-2001
  • Member, Board of Directors, Harrison County Student Achievement Program, 1992-1999
  • Member, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Coached 33 seasons of youth sports
  • PA Announcer, Notre Dame High School Basketball, 2004-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation, 2016-present
  • Board of Directors, West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2011-present
  • National Mining Association
  • American Bar Association, Section on Employment Law
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Member, Executive Committee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2006-2012 and 2015-2016
  • President, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2009-2010
  • Fellow, American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Member, MCLE Planning Committee for Employment Law Seminar, 2016
  • Member, U.S. Magistrate Court Selection Committee, United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2015


  • Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • John L. McClaugherty Award for Dedication and Service, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 2013
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Labor & Employment (2003-Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2013-Present), Employment Law – Individuals (2011-Present), Employment Law – Management (2011-Present), Energy Law (2013-Present), Labor Law – Management (2011-Present), Litigation – Labor and Employment (2011-Present), Mining Law (2008-Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Morgantown, Labor Law – Management, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Morgantown, Employment Law – Management, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, Appellate Practice, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, Energy Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, Labor Law, Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers®, Member, 2007-2018

Speaking Engagements

  • “Best Practices & Considerations in Crafting Coronavirus Vaccination Policies.” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Webinar, February 2021
  • “LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace,” West Virginia Hospital Human Resources Association Webinar, July 9, 2019
  • “If It Ain’t Documented, It Didn’t Happen: How and When to Document Employment Issues,” West Virginia Coal Association Symposium, January 29, 2019
  • “2018 Employment Law Update,” West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Employment Law 2018, Charleston, WV, May 24, 2018
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, West Virginia Coal Association Symposium, January 30, 2018
  • Impact of New Medical Marijuana Law on West Virginia Employers, June 2017
  • “Conducting Effective Investigations,” W. Va. Chapter of SHRM, Bridgeport, WV, November 2, 2017
  • “Energy Careers,” WVU College of Law, October 30, 2017
  • Co-author and speaker, “Surprise! You Are a Joint Employer,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 37th Annual Institute, Charleston, SC, June 14, 2016
  • Co-author, “Potential Recovery for Employment Actions in West Virginia and How the New Statutory Limits on Damages Will Support Practitioners,” West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel, May 2016
  • Co-author, ABA Treatise on Employment at Will, State by State Survey, 2011, and Annual Update through 2018
  • Co-author, ABA Treatise on State Wage and Hour Laws, 2009, and Annual Update through 2018
  • Co-author and speaker, “Reductions in Force: Factors to Consider to Avoid Liability to Laid Off Employees,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, FL, June 21, 2015
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Update,” AIG Legal Symposium, New York, NY, March 24, 2015
  • Co-author, “Internal Investigations of Employee Misconduct: Ethical Considerations,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, October 26, 2014
  • Speaker, “Social Media and Employment,” The Law Works, West Virginia Public Television, October 17, 2013
  • Speaker, “The Latest on Harassment Claims: Sexual, Non-sexual, and Who Qualifies as a ‘Supervisor’ Under Title VII,” American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, New York, NY, July 31, 2013
  • Speaker, “Exempt Employee Determinations and Classifying Workers: A Focus on Key Industries and Independent Contractor Misclassifications,” American Conference Institute’s 16th National Forum on Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions, San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2012
  • Co-author or lecturer more than 70 other times.
  • Mr. Morrison also served as an adjunct lecturer on trial advocacy and pretrial strategies at West Virginia University College of Law.

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