Michael S. Garrison

Attorney in Morgantown, WV
Mr. Garrison's primary areas of practice are health care, commercial and labor and employment litigation, higher education, government relations, corporate governance and board advising, appellate work, and business planning and management. He is co-chairman of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group and a member of the Executive Committee.

Awards and Distinctions
•Selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Jaycees, 2004
•Selected as Toll fellow for excellence in public service by the Council of State Governments, 2003
•Selected by Student Government Association for outstanding contribution tostudents of West Virginia University

Public Sector Experience
•President, West Virginia University, 2007 - 2008
•Chief of Staff to the Office of Governor Bob Wise, 2001 - 2003
•Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, 2001
•Administrative Assistant, Office of Senator Robert C. Byrd, 1992

Spilman Assists Fairmont General Hospital in Sale to Alecto Healthcare Services 9/24/2014
FGH votes to team with Alecto Healthcare 4/1/2014
Spilman Helps Secure Important Ruling for United Hospital Center 3/27/2014
State high court reverses tax ruling against UHC 3/27/2014
WV Supreme Court of Appeals Reverses 2013 $1 Million Tax on United Hospital Center 3/27/2014
Supreme Court hears hospital taxation case 1/30/2014
Sides argue UHC property tax case at Supreme Court 1/28/2014
Spilman Wins Important Legal Battle for Health Care Client 6/7/2013
Court: FGH can appoint its own board 6/6/2013
W.Va. Court Ruling Clarifies Tax Exemptions For Businesses 10/4/2012

The Shale Play Today: March 2014 3/31/2014
Marcellus Fairway: The Play Today - Aug. 2011 8/24/2011
Spilman News Alert: Court Strikes Down Morgantown's Fracking Ban 8/14/2011

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Areas of Law

  • Government Relations
  • Economic Development
  • Litigation
  • Labor and Employment


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1996, West Virginia
1999, District of Columbia
United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Law School Attended

West Virginia University College of Law
Class of 1996

University Attended

West Virginia University
Class of 1992
B.A. in Political Science

West Virginia University
Class of 1992
English Literature

Birth Information

Born in 1968
Fairmont, West Virginia, November 6, 1968

Associations & Memberships

•Guest Lecturer, The George Washington University, Higher Education Leadership & Policy, 2009 - present
•American Health Lawyers Associ... More

Bar Fellowship

for excellence in public service by the Council of State Governments, 2003
•Selected by Student Government Association for outstanding contribution tostudents of West Virginia UniversityPublic Sector Experience
•President, West Virginia University, 2007 - 2008
•Chief of Staff to the Office of Govern... More

Representative Cases

Representative Experience: Advising health care clients on a diverse array of matters, including heath care laws and regulations, legislation, contracts, corporate governance, litigation, mergers/acquisitions, and reorganizations/bankruptcy; Representing business and individual clients in federal, state, and local government relations matters; Dra... More

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Office Information
Michael S. Garrison
 48 Donley Street, Suite 800, P.O. Box 615,
Morgantown, WV 26507-0615


Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (Morgantown, West Virginia)

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