George E. Roeder, III, is Counsel in the Health Care industry group. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Since joining the Firm in 1981, his practice has focused primarily on the defense of employers in workers' compensation and related employment issues. He has represented companies from a wide variety of industries, including mining, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and health care. George has extensive experience in the defense of orthopedic and other traumatic injury cases, occupational pneumoconiosis claims, occupational hearing loss claims, and claims of mental illness resulting from an occupational injury or disease. He also has experience defending a wide variety of occupational exposure claims, including those of cancer and other diseases purportedly resulting from chemicals, solvents, gases, fumes, and dust.
George has the unique experience of having successfully defended mass claim filings arising from alleged exposures to dust in the manufacturing and glass-making industries. In addition to working with employers in the direct defense of workers' compensation claims, he routinely advises employers regarding workers' compensation programs, return-to-work issues, and claims.
Since 2006 George has also defended companies in claims filed under the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act. This practice is national in scope and includes appellate work in the Federal Circuit Courts.
George has been selected for individual recognition in Woodward/White The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Workers' Compensation Law in West Virginia every year since 1995. He also is a senior member of the Firm's Workers' Compensation Practice Group, which was designated number one in the nation in the 2007 edition of Woodward/White The Best Lawyers in America®.
George started his career in insurance before graduating from the University of Kentucky law school in 1981. He joined Jackson Kelly’s Charleston office, transferring to Morgantown in 1987 to handle the Firm's workers' compensation practice in the northern half of West Virginia.
George has been a speaker on workers' compensation matters, and he has appeared on local television to discuss workers’ compensation issues. Additionally, the Benefits Review Board recently adopted arguments which George advanced regarding the definition of a miner under the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act in the published decision Spatafore v. Consolidation Coal Co., 25 BLR 1-181 (2016).