From 2004-2011, Patricia Proctor was a Member of the Firm, practicing out of its Huntington office. In August of 2011, she became the Founding Director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University. She continues to work with the firm as part-time Of Counsel.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Ms. Proctor has a broad range of experience litigating in a variety of areas, including commercial contracts, mineral rights, property rights, royalty disputes, antitrust, corporate governance, professional malpractice, fraud, defamation, executive compensation disputes, and cases involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty.
Ms. Proctor regularly counsels clients regarding ongoing business matters, avoidance of litigation, and compliance with contractual and other obligations. She has particular experience counseling clients regarding how to deal with ongoing business relationships with companies they oppose in litigation. She has extensive experience in handling employment discrimination matters, and matters relating to restrictive covenants and severance agreements.
Ms. Proctor has devoted a significant part of her practice to appellate work, and has successfully represented a variety of clients in both state and federal courts of appeal.
Ms. Proctor earned her law degree in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Journal of International Business Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the campus daily newspaper, The Parthenon, and was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. After graduating from law school, she spent one year as a law clerk to the Honorable Stewart Dalzell of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, assisting the judge in both civil and criminal matters. Upon finishing her clerkship in 1992, she joined the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she was a partner from January of 2000 until returning to her native state of West Virginia to join Steptoe & Johnson in August of 2004.
CIVIC ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
Throughout her career, Ms. Proctor has represented clients on a pro bono basis in a variety of civil rights and public interest matters and has been involved with organizations committed to the arts community. She sits on the Boards of Directors of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation, the Huntington Museum of Art, the Marshall University Yeager Scholarship Foundation, and the TEAM for West Virginia Children.
Represented marine transportation company in enforcement of long-term coal barging contracts
Represented investment services company in enforcement of restrictive covenants against defecting investment brokers who took proprietary information and breached anti-solicitation and raiding clauses in employment agreements
Represented baby food manufacturers in defense of federal class action lawsuit alleging 17-year price fixing conspiracy
Represented fiber optic network company in resolution of commercial litigation with major customer
Represented various natural gas producers in matters involving royalty disputes and mineral rights
- J.D. University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. Marshall University