William R. Slicer

William R. Slicer

Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC

Recognized since 2017

Charleston, West Virginia

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Employment Law - Management

Insurance Law

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - Insurance

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Construction Law
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William R. Slicer, an experienced AV Preeminent rated trial lawyer, has been defending national and local companies since 1989. He has defended cases involving catastrophic accidents, injuries, discrimination, harassment, business interruption, product defects, property damage, excessive force, municipal liability, construction disputes, and exposure to asbestos, silica, radon, and chemicals.Mr. Slicer has also successfully defended commercial construction companies, trucking companies, engineering firms, manufacturers, national retailers, satellite television companies, oil and gas companies, and insurance companies.

As a managing member and co-founder of Shuman McCuskey Slicer PLLC, he strives to continue offering superior representation to the firm’s clients, through keen analysis, effective strategy, organization, proper training of assistants, and use of the latest technology.

Before the decline of the Appalachian coal industry, Mr. Slicer spent years defending the industry, which enabled our great nation’s growth. His work for the coal industry honed his legal skills in matters involving contracts, leases, mine health and safety issues, citations, workers’ compensation and unemployment claims, accidents, dust, noise, blasting, haulage, flooding, deliberate intent, business interference, property disputes, harassment, and non-compete agreements. His successful defense of companies follows in his late grandfather’s footsteps, Robert G. Kelly, a nationally-recognized industry lawyer and founder of Jackson, Kelly, Holt & O’Farrell, where Mr. Slicer previously worked.

Mr. Slicer and his wife, Virginia, have two children. He is active in his community, where he has served on various boards and is a member of Charleston Rotary. Outside work, he skis, mountain bikes, and plays ice hockey.


  • 1411 Virginia Street East, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 3953
    Charleston, WV 25339


  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.
  • Wake Forest University , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1989
  • Virginia, 2016


  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia - Member
  • Rotary Club of Charleston - Member

Court Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Construction Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Construction Law, Charleston, WV (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Construction Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

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