Robert D. Pollitt
Professional Staff
(304) 353-8137
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. (Political Science) West Virginia University
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Bob Pollitt is a member of Steptoe & Johnson's professional staff assisting attorneys with research and client retention.  Before focusing his efforts on research, Bob represented clients in administrative and civil environmental matters and related toxic tort litigation, including environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement in the areas of coal, water and groundwater resources, solid and hazardous waste and both above and underground storage tanks.  He represented clients and insurance companies in environmental insurance issues, chemical exposure claims and general mass tort claims involving allegations of violations of environmental laws and regulations. 

Work Experience

2016 Professional Staff, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1992-2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1988-1992 Deputy Attorney General, West Virginia Office of the Attorney General
1986-1988 Senior Assistant Attorney General, West Virginia Office of the Attorney General
1973-1986 West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

Key Experience

Defended clients before both federal and state environmental agencies and administrative judicial boards related to permitting, enforcement, and penalty actions
Addressed environmental due diligence and site assessment issues arising during the purchase or sale of client's mining, manufacturing, or service businesses
Defended or pursued, as necessary, various damage and injunction claims arising in environmental-related cases. Pursued civil damage claims for clients in both tort and contract actions.

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental; Mining Law)
Past Chair, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Committee, West Virginia Bar Association
United States Supreme Court of Appeals
United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Northern District of WV
U.S. District Court, Southern District of WV
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals