Mark Dellinger is a Member of the Firm and practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia. He serves as the Leader of the Labor and Employment practice group.
With a career spanning 25 years, Mark has built a solid practice focused on representing private and public sector employers in preventive counseling, employment litigation, and traditional labor relations matters. A significant part of Mark's litigation practice is devoted to representing employers in the defense of cases filed in federal and state courts. He is a seasoned trial attorney, having successfully tried many types of employment cases to verdict, including claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Mark also represents employers in administrative hearings and other proceedings before various federal and state agencies.
In his labor relations practice, Mark focuses on issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act and regularly handles collective bargaining negotiations, union elections and representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, and individual and class action grievance arbitrations. He also defends employers in federal court against claims asserted under the Labor Management Relations Act. His representation of employers in labor relations matters encompasses multiple industries, including health care, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, and gaming. Mark is one of the few attorneys in West Virginia who is experienced in representing municipalities and other public employers in labor law matters. Additionally, he has testified before the West Virginia Legislature and co-authored an amicus brief in support of pro-employer labor legislation.
Mark also presents and writes articles on various labor and employment law topics. He recently co-authored the following law review article: The West Virginia Workers' Compensation Act: Providing "Sweeping Immunity" From Common Law Tort Claims in Employment Discrimination Cases, 122 W. Va. L. Rev. Online 2 (2020).
Mark previously served as a member of the State Personnel Board by appointment of the Governor of West Virginia.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mark was the leader of a labor and employment practice group at another law firm for over a decade.