Nineteen Attorneys Named Lawyers of the Year for 2012

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NINETEEN ATTORNEYS NAMED LAWYERS OF THE YEAR FOR 2012

Bridgeport, WV - Nineteen Steptoe & Johnson attorneys have received honors as Best Lawyers? 2012 Lawyers of the Year, an increase from nine attorneys chosen for 2011. Only one lawyer from each area of practice in each metro area was selected.

The Steptoe & Johnson lawyers who received the honor include:

Charleston

Bryan R. Cokeley                Litigation: Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

Sharon O. Flanery              Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year

Arthur M. Standish             Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year

L. Frederick Williams, Jr.    Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year

Morgantown

Michael W. Barill                 Tax Law Lawyer of the Year

Susan S. Brewer               Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year

Gordon H. Copland             Litigation:  Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year

Patrick D. Deem                  Energy Law Lawyer of the Year

Louis E. Enderle, Jr.           Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year

William E. Galeota               Professional Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year

Kelly Little Guice                 Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Evans L. King, Jr.               Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year

Michael Kozakewich, Jr.    Litigation: Construction Lawyer of the Year

W. Henry Lawrence           Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year

C. David Morrison                Employment Law Management Lawyer of the Year                                                                        

                                             Litigation: Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

Larry J. Rector                     Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year

James A. Russell                 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year

Robert M. Steptoe, Jr.           Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year

                                              Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year

Walter L. Williams                  Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations.

The Best Lawyers in America?, regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States, recently announced that 82 attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson have been included in its 2012 list.  Also, the firm is a top-listed firm in West Virginia for the third consecutive year.  Six attorneys have received recognition for the first time and 44 of the firm?s practice areas are ranked at the top of their respective categories. The complete list of Steptoe & Johnson attorneys included among The Best Lawyers in America? is available by visiting: http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/bestlawyers.aspx.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in ten locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Visit the Steptoe & Johnson website.

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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Bridgeport, WV