Attorney E. William (Bill) Harvit
West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney
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.
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
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.
STATES ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
COURTS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
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
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
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
OTHER ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Leadership West Virginia
West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition - Judge
The Covenant House - Board Member
Mana Meal, Inc. - Volunteer
The National Eagle Scout Association
INVITED PRESENTATIONS and PUBLICATIONS
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