Gary W. Nickerson
(304) 933-8163
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. William & Mary
B.A. University of Virginia
Licensure: ND | WV
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Gary Nickerson has been assisting energy companies with their legal needs for more than 30 years.  Most recently, Mr. Nickerson has expanded his practice in the area of mineral title law, assisting clients in their efforts to develop shale gas assets.  In addition, Gary has extensive experience in counseling energy industry and other employers in workers' compensation and related employment matters.  He also counsels clients on the interaction between workers' compensation and other employee benefits, including health and disability insurance, sick pay, vacation pay, and other benefits.  

Work Experience

1984 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1980-1981 Counselor, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Fairfax County, VA
1979-1980 Counselor, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Christiansburg, VA

Key Experience

Defended manufacturer in workers' compensation claim and deliberate intent claim of non-Hodgkin lymphoma allegedly caused by exposure to paint fumes
Defended major coal company in a variety of claims of disease allegedly due to chemical exposure, including exposure to solcenic, perchloroethylene, and other chemical solvents
Defended numerous industries and businesses in claims of occupational pneumoconiosis

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Workers' Compensation Law, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Workers' Compensation Law, Lawyer of the Year
Past President, West Virginia State Bar
Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation 2008
Harrison County Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
American Bar Association
North Dakota Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Committee, West Virginia State Bar
Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar - 2001-2003, 2006-2013
Board of Visitors, WVU College of Law
Past Member, Governor's Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission
Access to Justice Commission, Workers' Compensation Subcommittee