Steptoe & Johnson Announces Attorney Promotions and Additions



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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is pleased to announce the promotion of seven to Associate and the addition of two new Of Counsel attorneys to the firm. 

The seven elevated Associates will practice energy law from the firm’s offices in Columbus, Ohio; Morgantown, W.Va.; and the Southpointe Business Park in Canonsburg, Pa.  They are:

Adam Birch – Canonsburg, Pa.
Matthew A. Brandt – Columbus, Ohio
Joseph D. Carpini – Canonsburg, Pa.
Tia L. Churchfield – Canonsburg, Pa.
J. Brooke Kamicker – Morgantown, W.Va.
William W. Ness – Canonsburg, Pa.
Pareena Singh – Canonsburg, Pa.  

Christopher R. Arthur and Robert W. Everett have joined the firm as Of Counsel attorneys.  Arthur practices in the firm’s Charleston, W.Va. office and Everett in the Columbus, Ohio office.        

Arthur has served as counsel for major financial institutions in hundreds of litigation actions related to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  He represents corporations and financial entities in commercial litigation matters including disputes in bankruptcy court.  He also advises clients on the implications of Dodd-Frank regulations. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Arthur worked as an accountant specializing in auditing financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and oil and gas companies.  Arthur currently serves as chairman of the West Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Committee.

Everett joined Steptoe & Johnson after a lengthy career with Marathon Petroleum Company where he served as environmental, health and safety counsel.  He was responsible for process safety management, risk management planning, and safety for seven oil refineries, midstream, and transportation assets.  He also handled regulatory inspection preparation and management, incident investigations, and legal training.

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