Mark H. Dellinger is a Member and Co-Leader of the Firm's Labor and Employment practice group. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.
With a career spanning nearly 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.
As part of his labor relations practice, Mark focuses on issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act and routinely handles collective bargaining negotiations, union elections and representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, individual and class action grievance arbitrations, and litigation 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 public employers in labor law matters.
In addition to his law practice, Mark routinely presents and writes articles on 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 a regional law firm for over a decade.