Arie M. Spitz

Biography

While Arie enjoys all aspects of litigation, he prefers being in the courtroom. He has successfully tried cases on behalf of defendants and plaintiffs on claims, including breach of contract, negligence, product liability, medical malpractice, and age and disability discrimination.  He has successfully won matters before the West Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals involving claims such as attorney malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination and sexual discrimination. Arie is a resource to his peers on litigating cases with difficult issues, and his breadth and depth of experience give him a unique perspective on how to move complex cases to their conclusion, whether through compromise, motions practice or trial.

He takes the time to analyze matters on the front end and provide his clients with a thorough and detailed assessment of their case so that a realistic goal can be set and a strategy can be implemented to achieve it. Clients appreciate his ability to discern which fights they can win, which arguments or matters they are likely to lose and how to minimize the damage, and that he is always ready to stand up and argue on their behalf. This practical advice has served his three primary client groups: fellow attorneys, insurance carriers and employers.

Arie has defended lawyers from claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, tortious interference and conspiracy. His broad base of experience makes him a valuable asset, since malpractice cases often involve a question on the merits of the underlying matter the attorney worked on. He has defended lawyers in cases that arose out of real property transactions, criminal representation, employment litigation, personal injury, trusts and estates, property damage and deliberate intent, as well as those that involved alleged conflicts of interest.

When it comes to insurance disputes, be they coverage matters or bad faith claims, Arie’s focus on the details and his knowledge of both case law and the regulations governing insurers’ conduct lets him help carriers deal with hard questions. Given the increasingly high stakes in declaratory judgment and bad faith actions, Arie’s ability to quickly assess both the minutia of policy and claims documents as well as how the law applies to them pays dividends to his clients. His experience in this area includes a victory before the West Virginia Supreme Court in which an insured’s allegations of common law bad faith and violations of West Virginia’s Unfair Trade Practices Act were dismissed due to lack of standing.

As the son-in-law of a small business owner, Arie also understands the struggles employers can face when it comes to their workforce. He has defended employers from claims of age, sex, race, disability and workers compensation discrimination, as well as wrongful termination, under both state and federal laws and has  defended and prosecuted ERISA matters on behalf of employers. He also has extensive experience representing employers in the health care industry and has won the dismissal of claims under the West Virginia Patient Safety Act.

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University  (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  (B.A., 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Distinctions

  • West Virginia Rising Stars®