The relationships we forge with our clients are based on mutual respect and a common dedication to achieving results.

-Susan S. BrewerCEO

Leadership

Susan S. Brewer

Chief Executive Officer
Susan Brewer has served as CEO of Steptoe & Johnson since 2009. Her legal practice focuses on litigation, particularly in the area of professional liability. She has tried more than 100 cases in state and federal courts.

Rodney L. Bean

Executive Committee
Rodney Bean counsels clients in an array of employment litigation matters. He represents them in various courts including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits.

Christopher L. Slaughter

Christopher L. Slaughter

Executive Committee
Chris Slaughter represents clients in employment law matters as both counselor and litigator. He has tried cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

L. Frederick Williams Jr.

L. Frederick Williams Jr.

Executive Committee

Executive Committee
Fred Williams concentrates his practice in federal taxation, state and local taxation, oil and gas taxation, business and public finance.

Brian D. Gallagher

Brian D. Gallagher

Chair, Business Department
Brian Gallagher concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate development, commercial transactions, and business organizations. He is the Managing Member of the firm's Morgantown office, and is Chair of the firm's Business Dept.

Richard Mackessy

Richard Mackessy

Chief Operating Officer
Rick Mackessy serves a dual role as Chief Operating Officer and Financial Officer. He has more than 25 years of experience executive-level management positions. Rick oversees the firm’s operational and financial management.

Betsy Spellman

Betsy Spellman

Chief Marketing Officer
Betsy Spellman is the Chief Marketing Officer of Steptoe & Johnson. She leads a team of marketing and business development professionals who help attorneys build relationships through client-focused activities.

Krista Ford

Krista Ford

Director of Library Services
Krista Ford oversees online and print library resources for all 13 Steptoe & Johnson offices. She conducts research using cutting edge tools to assist attorneys in finding solutions for clients.

Kelly Henderson

Kelly Henderson

Director of Finance
Kelly Henderson is responsible for the firm’s financial management, including oversight of the budget, financial reporting, client intake, and billing and collections. She has more than fifteen years of experience in financial management.

Sharon O. Flanery

Sharon O. Flanery

Sharon O. Flanery

Chair, Energy Natural Resources Department, Executive Committee
Sharon Flanery concentrates her practice in the areas of energy and natural resources law and Chairs the firm's Energy & Natural Resources Department.

Lori A. Dawkins

Lori A. Dawkins

Member

Executive Committee
Lori Dawkins is the Managing Member of the Denver office and leads the firm's Energy Litigation Practice Group.

J. Kevin West

J. Kevin West

J. Kevin West

Executive Committee
Kevin West's practice includes complex litigation, asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions.

Bryan R. Cokeley

Bryan R. Cokeley

Chair, Labor & Employment Department
Bryan Cokeley leads the firm’s Labor Department practice and is the Managing Member of the Charleston, W.Va. office. He has tried more than 40 cases in the state and federal courts of West Virginia.

W. Henry Lawrence

W. Henry Lawrence

Chair, Litigation Department
Hank Lawrence leads the firm's Litigation Department. He represents clients before federal, state, and appellate courts and administrative agencies in civil, criminal, and penalty proceedings.

Mark Combs

Mark Combs

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer
Mark Combs is the Chief Information Officer of Steptoe & Johnson. He has expertise in information security, technology, strategy, people and project management.

Julie R. Bonasso

Julie R. Bonasso

Director of Recruiting and Professional Development

Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
Julie Bonasso manages and coordinates the attorney recruitment program, including formation and implementation of recruiting strategies, resume screening, and candidate selection.

David Gorman

David Gorman

Director of Human Resources
David Gorman has 25 years of experience assisting employees reach their desired outcomes through human resources. He joined Steptoe & Johnson as Director of Human Resources in 2012.

Frank Lambert

Frank Lambert

Director of Operations
Frank Lambert oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm. He has progressive experience in the strategic management of law firms, including development of goals and initiatives in finance, operations, facilities, and budget.