Denise M. Spatafore


A native of southern West Virginia, Denise is uniquely experienced in the education law area. For many years, she served as an administrative law judge for the Public Employees Grievance Board, authoring hundreds of administrative decisions that are still recognized precedent in the field of West Virginia school personnel law. Most recently before joining the firm, Denise was the personnel director for Harrison County Schools in Clarksburg, West Virginia, providing both legal services and human resources management for a large school system. Because of her background in the very specific field of West Virginia school law and her experience as a central office administrator, Denise has a unique understanding of the issues facing our board of education clients. She is an of counsel member of the Labor and Employment Department, focusing on education law practice.


  • West Virginia University College of Law  (J.D., 1990)
  • Bluefield State College  (B.S., 1987)
    • Criminal Justice Administration and Paralegal Studies

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia


  • West Virginia State Bar