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Edward D. McDevitt, Esquire

ADR Office of Edd McDevitt
232 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304.552.8120
Fax: 304.205.8628
Email: eddmcdevitt@gmail.com
Other URL http://www.eddmcdevittmediator.com

With over 40 years of alternative dispute resolution, encompassing mandatory and voluntary court-based and contract based arbitration and mediation involving injury, complex litigation, energy, construction, real property, employment, consumer, insurance, securities, financial and commercial disputes. The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia appointed me as a member of its first panel of mediators, where I mediated a number of complex matters, including those involving serologist Fred Zain. I also served as the primary West Virginia arbitrator in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings against Prudential Securities, where I rendered the first decision in the nation in that process. I have mediated hundreds of cases and served as an arbitrator or attorney in more than 250 cases.

As a practicing attorney I represented plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and business entities, primarily in commercial and business dispute resolution in federal and state trials, arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, settlements and enforcement actions. These cases involved injury cases, explosions, discrimination issues, partnership, corporate, shareholder and employee disputes, misappropriation of corporate assets and opportunities, interference with contracts and prospective business advantage and unfair competition matters, non-competition covenants, trade secrets and confidential business information, UCC issues, lender liability, fraud in connection with the purchase and sale of securities, health care industry, real estate, employment, public sector political conflicts between public bodies and private individuals and entities and other public bodies, construction, general contract and energy matters . I served as the chair of the Commercial Litigation Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice).

The above experience encompassed general litigation including arguing motions, trying cases, arguing appellate issues, as well as the transaction side of many of the above areas.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Employment
  • General Mediation
  • Harassment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Municipal
  • Organizational
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Torts
  • Victim Offender
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2020

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Background

On May 1, 2014, I withdrew from the firm of Bowles Rice LLP as a Senior Partner to provide full time neutral services as a mediator and arbitrator. I am compliant with Rule 25.04 of the West Virginia Trial Court Rules. My background includes over 40 years of alternative dispute resolution, encompassing mandatory and voluntary court-based and contract based arbitration and mediation involving injury, complex litigation, energy, construction, real property, employment, consumer, insurance, securities, financial and commercial disputes.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia appointed me as a member of its first panel of mediators, where I mediated a number of complex matters, including those involving serologist Fred Zain. I also served as the primary West Virginia arbitrator in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings against Prudential Securities, where I rendered the first decision in the nation in that process. I have mediated hundreds of cases and served as an arbitrator or attorney in more than 250 arbitration cases.

Education/Training

WEST VIRGINIA U. COLLEGE OF LAW
J.D., 1974 | Moot Court Board, research assistant in trade regulation and consumer protection law, academic advisor to pre-commerce students in College of Business.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
A.B., 1994 | Mountain (University Ranking Honorary), Student Resident Hall Assistant

COMM. COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA
A.A., 1967 | Member of first graduating class, taught business law, appointed Trustee by Mayor of Philadelphia (first alum to serve on Board)

Practicing in Pennsylvania, West Virginia

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