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Bill Galeota devotes his practice to personal injury and commercial litigation, particularly medical professional and hospital liability, commercial disputes and fiduciary litigation. He has tried a wide variety of civil actions in state and federal district courts and argued cases at the appellate level.

Memberships & Awards

Fellow, WV State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Litigation - Real Estate, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Bet-the-Company Litigation, Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Health Care Law and Litigation Lawyer of the Year
Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2013
Super Lawyers®
Outstanding Contribution Award, West Virginia Law Review
Past Member, Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar
Defense Research Institute
Past President, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
WVU College of Law Development Council
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Key Experience

Represented clients in a dispute over family corporation's stock and holdings in land and minerals in western Maryland including prosecution of civil action seeking declaratory and other relief involving complex stock redemption, gifting and constructive fraud issues
Obtained defense verdict for orthopedic surgeon in jury trial of medical malpractice claim alleging lack of informed consent for total elbow arthroplasty
Successfully defended a limited liability company and its managing member in trial of a suit filed by business tenant claiming fire losses allegedly caused by failure to construct office/warehouse building with proper fire protection measures and failure to purchase insurance coverage on the tenant's personal property

Work Experience

1983 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Issues & Strategies for the MPLA Pre-suit Claim and Certificate of Merit Process," West Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2017

"Preparing a Credentialing File for Litigation," West Virginia Association for Medical Staff Services, 2016

"Effective Peer Review from a Risk Management Perspective," West Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2015