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    An Employment Lawyer for West Virginians

    Rich Walters is a West Virginia lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with employment law issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, and more.

    Rich has 28 years of experience practicing law.

    He has secured multiple million-dollar awards for clients, including a $25 million jury verdict.

    Rich also serves as municipal court judge for the City of Nitro, West Virginia. He has served in that role since 2010.

    In his employment law work, he helps people who have been unlawfully mistreated in their jobs.

    Many of his clients have lost jobs through no fault of their own and because of discrimination. Often, it’s a family’s sole breadwinner, and the wrongful termination pushes the family into a financial crisis.

    “Helping individuals overcome discrimination and restore not just their ability to earn and provide for their family, but also their sense of pride, is very rewarding,” Rich said.

    As an employment law attorney, he also helps businesses and non-profit organizations meet state and federal labor laws and regulations.

    That includes rules from the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), the West Virginia Human Rights Commission (HRC) and more.

    It can be extremely challenging for companies to comply with all the requirements of this “alphabet soup” of agencies, Rich says. And that’s where he helps.

    Rich was the first person in his family to attend college. Now his daughter is a doctor in Las Vegas, Nevada, and his son, Ryan Walters, is another attorney at Shaffer & Shaffer.

    With offices in Charleston and Madison, Shaffer & Shaffer has been helping people in West Virginia for more than 100 years. In addition to employment law, our West Virginia lawyers can help you with personal injury and Social Security Disability claims.

    You can move forward from the challenges you face if it’s not just you, but Shaffer & You.

    Since 1909, Clients, Community, Commitment.

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    Syracuse University College of Law (New York)

    • Juris Doctor, 1994

    Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration

    • Master’s degree in public administration, 1994

    University of Charleston

    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, 1991


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


    • West Virginia State Bar


    • 27 years of litigation experience, both plaintiff and defense
    • Won multiple million-dollar-plus awards, including a $25 million jury verdict
    • Municipal court judge for the City of Nitro since 2010
    • Certified in open-water scuba diving

    Meet Our West Virginia Lawyers

    The Shaffer & Shaffer lawyers in West Virginia carry on a 100-year tradition of helping people build better futures. For our personal injury lawyers, employment lawyers, disability lawyers, and business lawyers, experience in the law and devotion to West Virginians both run deep.

    “When I first met the attorneys and discussed my case, they assured me of their best—and I received it. Every phone call was answered and returned, and the guidance I received was always in my best interest. Richard was the lead attorney and worked hard in his efforts to assist me and make a wrong a right. And he did!!!!”

    David Q. in a review of Shaffer & Shaffer


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