In This Section


Larry Rector has focused his more than 30 years of practice in the area of labor and employment law. In addition to client counseling, Mr. Rector has an active trial and appellate practice.  He serves as Assistant General Counsel and Loss Prevention Partner to the Firm and serves on several of its Committees.  He has been the Editor of the West Virginia Employment Law Letter since its inception in July 1995.


Biggest Regret:  Not attaining the rank of Eagle Scout

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2011-Present), Employment Law - Management (2011-Present), Labor Law - Management (2011-Present), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011-Present)
Best Lawyers® 2021 Morgantown, WV Labor Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Employment Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Labor Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Corporate INTL 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year in West Virginia
Super Lawyers®
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
West Virginia Member, National Employers Counsel Network
Leadership Harrison 2002
Leadership West Virginia 2009
Charter Member, Wage & Hour Defense Institute
Member and former Board Member, Harrison County Bar Association
Editor, West Virginia Employment Law Letter
Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review
National Moot Court Team, University of Nebraska
Order of the Coif
Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America

Key Experience

Assisted several clients in planning and implementing voluntary and involuntary reductions in force
Argued several appeals before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Secured Defense Verdict in a jury trial for Regional Hospital involving wrongful discharge, breach of contract and West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act Claims

Work Experience

1993 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1989-1993 Arnold & Porter
1987-1989 Judicial Clerkship, Judge Floyd R. Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Speaking Engagements

November 2017 – Client Presentation on West Virginia Drug Testing Programs

Mr. Rector has regularly addressed professional organizations and clients in the areas of labor and employment law and workplace safety and has been a lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law.

"The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: A Parent Corporation's Duty to Disclose Safety and Environmental Issues Related to Its Subsidiaries, and How the Internal Controls Necessary to Carry Out That Duty May Expose a Parent Corporation to Liability for the Torts of Its Subsidiaries," The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, January 2007.