Joseph G. Bunn
(304) 353-8106
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.B.A. William & Mary
Licensure: VA | WV
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Joseph Bunn assists clients in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures of various business interests.  He also counsels clients on various business matters, including, without limitation, corporate governance issues, credit facilities, and miscellaneous contracts.  Over the course of his practice, he has negotiated and drafted numerous asset purchase and stock purchase agreements for buyers and sellers ranging in size from $10,000,000.00 to $265,000,000.00.  Recently, he advised a client seeking equity investments through Rule 144, counseled a client on the acquisition of a rail service facility, and steered numerous clients through acquisitions involving bankrupt sellers.  Joe’s practice primarily pertains to the natural resources, rail transportation, banking, and private equity industries.

Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Joe worked for the law firm of Jones & Associates where he also practiced corporate law.  Before attending law school, Joe served in numerous roles at Central Coal Company, including Director of Finance and Manager of Strategic Planning.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2007-present Managing Member, The Ridges Development Company, LLC
2010-2013 Jones & Associates
2003-2007 Central Coal Company
2002-2003 Business Development Analyst, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Speaking Engagements

Author, "A Justified Assault Upon the Citadel of Privity and the First Amendment: A Theory of Liability for Investors Seeking Recovery from Credit Rating Agencies," Puerto Rico Business Law Journal (2010)

Key Experience

Negotiated and drafted the acquisition of active mining assets from a bankrupt entity
Negotiated and drafted $265M membership interest purchase agreement between coal company and competitor
Negotiated, drafted and implemented the outright sale of one coal seam for $25M from a fee tract that contained multiple coal seams which was encumbered by a lease on all seams without the consent of the lessee and without violating the lease

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2018 Mining Law
American Bar Association
Chairman, Coal Subcommittee, West Virginia State Bar