Michael Basile


Michael J. Basile, Esq.
Managing Member, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Chair, Business Expansion & Development Practice Group
Chair, Government Relations Practice Group
Chair, International Development Practice Group
DRWV Board Member

Mr. Basile’s primary areas of practice are state and local government and community relations, business, land use planning and administrative law centering on economic and community development.

Representative Experience

  • Drafting and promoting legislation and administrative rules before the West Virginia Legislature and Executive Branch
  • Negotiating business site locations and expansions involving incentive application, property acquisition, tax and land use planning issues
  • Representing diverse mix of business clients during formation, sale, purchase, merger and dissolution activities
  • Establishing United States operating entities for international clients and facilitating foreign trade zone establishment and use
  • Representing business clients on state and local tax issues including business and occupation, sales, service, valuation, assessment and credits
  • Drafting and promoting The Marcellus Development Act
  • Drafting, reviewing and providing commentary on Marcellus Shale legislation, regulations and rules

Government Experience

  • Associate General Counsel, General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Office of Governor Gaston Caperton, 1994 – 1997
  • General Counsel to the West Virginia Development Office, 1993 – 1994
  • Assistant and Senior Assistant Attorneys General, 1991 – 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • The High Technology Foundation, Board of Directors, 2015 – present
  • Charleston Inter-Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman (2008 – 2014), Board of Directors, 2004 – Present
  • Charleston Area Alliance, Chairman, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, 2004 – Present
  • Vision Shared, Inc., Board of Directors, 2006 – 2014
  • Discover the Real West Virginia, Board of Directors, 2009 – Present
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, Mountain State Chapter, 2008 – 2011
  • West Virginia State Bar, Administrative and Legislative Law Committee, 1993 – 2000


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Government Relations Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers for Business/ Corporate and Government/ Cities/ Municipalities


  • West Virginia University, B.S., Finance, 1987
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1991


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit