Attorney E. William (Bill) Harvit

West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney E. William Harvit, Esq.

Bill grew up in southern West Virginia where he was taught that your word is your bond and that hard work is mandatory and must be respected. He has tried to uphold these virtues both before and after becoming a lawyer. For 33 years, he has had the privilege of representing hard working people who believe in these same principles.

Bill worked many jobs prior to attending law school, some of which provided background knowledge that has assisted him in representing workers seriously injured on the job, as well as the family members of workers who were killed.

As an underground coal miner, Bill learned coal mining practices and procedures. This experience has helped him successfully represent many clients who were seriously injured or killed in underground mining explosions and other accidents, including The Sago Mine and the Upper Big Branch disasters. Many, if not all, of these cases involved improper mining techniques and/or the disregard for safety practices and procedures for the sake of profit; all could have been avoided.

Attorney E. William (Bill) Harvit, when he was a coal miner

Further, he has successfully represented surface coal miners who were seriously injured or killed while working around or on improperly designed, constructed and/or maintained haul roads and highwalls, as well as negligently maintained or jury-rigged surface mining equipment.

Bill has also successfully prosecuted industrial and heavy equipment accidents involving rock trucks, well service vehicles, continuous miners, excavators, tractor-trailers and other heavy equipment. Some of these cases involved vehicles with defective brakes or other defects. Other cases have involved defective products, including respiratory devices, lifting equipment, polycarbonate material, hazardous chemicals and others.

Prior to law school, Bill also worked for an electric utility company where he learned about the installation and maintenance of high voltage structures. This knowledge and experience has aided him in representing lineman and cable workers in electrocution cases.

Bill has successfully recovered for victims suffering from certain types of diseases that are directly related to the exposure to toxic chemicals, such as silica, asbestos, Benzene and others. Many widows and families have not only received lost medical expenses and lost wages, but precedent setting recoveries.

Unfortunately, people are seriously injured or killed from improper medical, surgical and other procedures performed in hospitals, clinics and labs. Bill has prosecuted many of these cases successively. Also, he has represented clients whose disease was not diagnosed in a timely fashion, as well as clients who were diagnosed with an incorrect disease and sustained injuries from unnecessary treatments. Additionally, he has successfully represented victims of nursing home neglect and abuse as well as their family members and their estates.

To begin discussing your case with Attorney Harvit, contact our firm today. We offer free case evaluations.

How He Can Help

The focus of Bill’s practice is helping people and their families cope with the enormous problems which arise from a serious injury or wrongful death. Regardless of the type of case, each client receives committed and individual treatment. If you, or a family member or friend, have questions or need assistance, Bill can help.


    West Virginia




    West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

    Virginia Supreme Court

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court

    United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

    United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

    United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


    West Virginia University - Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1987

    West Virginia University Law Review - Lead Articles Editor

    West Virginia University - Bachelor of Science - 1982

    Business Administration - Emphasis in management, economics and finance


    West Virginia State Bar; Virginia State Bar and Pennsylvania State Bar

    West Virginia Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

    West Virginia State Bar - Chairman of the Law Practice Succession Committee

    West Virginia State Bar - Member of the Task Force on the Future of Law

    Legal Aid Pro Bono - Volunteer


    Leadership West Virginia

    West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition - Judge

    The Covenant House - Board Member

    Mana Meal, Inc. - Volunteer

    The National Eagle Scout Association


    West Virginia State Bar - Seminar on Law Practice Succession Planning

    The West Virginia Lawyer, Law Practice Succession and Exit Planning, (Issue 43, Autumn 2019)

    Greenbrier County Chamber of Commerce - Presentation on Business Succession Planning

    Merck & Company - Presentation on Evidence - Based Medicine

    West Virginia State University - Presentation on Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants

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