Michael J. Moore


Michael Moore dedicates his practice to labor and employment matters and works aggressively to tailor a strategy for each client’s strategic needs.

Michael is often tapped to represent public and private employers as they navigate high-pressure traditional labor relations matters. He has arbitrated and acted as first chair in labor negotiations in every corner of West Virginia, and has provided direct guidance to a variety of clients in all phases of traditional labor work. From assisting clients during union organization campaigns to collective bargaining and arbitrations, Michael has become a go-to lawyer for clients in this arena. Michael has also tried claims before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, Michael has a wealth of experience in providing advice and guidance to employers in the non-union setting, and has litigated nearly every type of employment law claim actionable in West Virginia.

Important to clients is Michael’s calming, yet assertive, approach and his appreciation of the level of stress and disruption that employment litigation can introduce into an organization and the individuals affected by those claims. Michael also prides himself on being well-prepared for whatever challenge his clients may face.

Aside from his practice, Michael remains active in the community, serving as the Chairperson for the Clarksburg Salvation Army. He also serves on the Bridgeport Fire Civil Service Board and is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Harrison and Doddridge Counties. He was recognized by the West Virginia State Bar as the Young Lawyer of the Year for 2021.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated labor agreements with a number of different unions including AFSCME, SEIU, UMWA, and others
  • Defended employers in unfair labor practice charge litigation before the NLRB
  • Helped employers defeat union organizing campaigns
  • Represented employers through as part of union elections
  • Provided employers with union avoidance training
  • Represented employers in civil litigation arising from workplace accidents
  • Defended numerous claims of employment discrimination in violation of West Virginia and Federal regulations
  • Provide employer counseling on employment best practices
  • Successfully represented hospital against the unionization effort of its registered nurses, including prevailing in a representation election

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.S.B.A. West Virginia University


  • Board of Trustee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Young Lawyer Committee
  • Member, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute, Inc.
  • Leadership Harrison
  • Leadership Monongalia
  • Member, Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
  • President, City of Bridgeport Fire Civil Service Commission
  • Chairman, Harrison County Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Board of Directors, Harrison County United Way
  • Board of Directors, Doddridge County United Way
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Youth Basketball Coach and Volunteer
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Clinic
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Order of the Coif (Graduated Top 5)


  • West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer of the Year: 2021
  • Generation Next 40 Under 40: 2021
  • 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2016-Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management (2024-Present), Litigation – Labor and Employment (2024-Present)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Labor & Employment (2024)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Best Practices & Considerations in Crafting Coronavirus Vaccination Policies.” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Webinar, February 2021
  • “The Post-Election Workplace: Labor Law Changes in 2021” The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Webinar, January 2021
  • “COVID And Protest Related Labor Issues,” Ohio Chamber of Commerce, June 2020
  • “Joint Employment – The Law Keeps Changing,” Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, October 2019
  • Co-presenter, “Doing Effective Performance Reviews,” West Virginia Society of Human Resources Managers, 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Co-presenter, “Update on the Trump Labor Board,” West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Convention, May 2018
  • Co-presenter, “The NLRB and You,” SHRM Annual Conference, November 2017
  • “What Right-To-Work Means For Your Company,” West Virginia Health Care Association, October 2017
  • “Labor & Employment Issues to be Aware of in 2017,” Cava & Banko, November 17, 2016
  • “Understanding the FLSA Overtime Revisions,” Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, November 4, 2016
  • “Every Move You Make: GPS Tracking of Employees and Workplace Implications,” Webinar, October 2015
  • “The Side Effects of Being an Employer,” The West Virginia Lawyer, October-December 2014


  • Author, “How to Protect Your Assets – And People – From Costly Employment Litigation & Poaching by Competitors in 2019,” The Community Banker, Fall 2018
  • Author, “Transgender and Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII ,” National Law Review, June 2, 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, “Mortgage Loan Officer Classification & Potential Implications,” Community Banker’s Magazine, Spring 2015
  • Co-author, “Loan Originators & Overtime: What Should Employers Do?” The Community Banker, Spring 2014
  • Senior Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 114
  • Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 11

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