Attorneys Philip Vasquez And Kevin West To Speak At Utica 2012©

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Seminar hosted by The Energy Forum will focus on challenges in developing the Utica shale

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Attorneys Philip D. Vasquez and J. Kevin West of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC will be two of the featured presenters at the second annual Utica 2012© seminar. The event will take place on October 9-10 at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Vasquez and West will join speakers from the energy industry representing the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA), Stallion Oilfield Services, Halliburton, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and others. Vasquez's presentation will provide insight into the opportunities American companies have in transferring their shale gas technology to foreign countries. West will focus on what Ohio Senate Bill 315 means to Ohio's natural gas operations.

Vasquez concentrates his practice in the area of energy law. He has worked at the highest level of government. He was appointed by the President of the United States as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology, overseeing all aspects of the U.S. oil and gas policy, technology and research and development at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also served as Oil and Gas Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Mines of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. There, he represented private oil and gas companies in all aspects of facilitating their introduction and operations in the Middle East. He was also the Senior Petroleum Land Manager for a major oil company overseeing acquisition of millions of acres of land in the Appalachian Basin. Vasquez joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2012.

West also joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2012, and has more than 25 years of experience in legal matters in the energy industry as an outside and in-house attorney. His practice includes complex litigation, asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, as well as land and legal due diligence for acquisitions. He has managed the governmental affairs process and drafted legislation regarding natural gas operations.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a business-focused energy firm with particular strengths in corporate, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises more than 250 lawyers resident in eleven locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. Visit www.steptoe-johnson.com.

For more information, contact Betsy Spellman, Chief Marketing Officer, at (304) 933-8000 or by email: betsy.spellman@steptoe-johnson.com.

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