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(304) 353-8152
Office:
Charleston, WV

Government Relations & Lobbying

About

Steptoe & Johnson attorneys and lobbyists promote client interests before state agencies, state legislatures, and the United States Congress. 

Our team has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Appropriations
  • Bill drafting and monitoring
  • Fund raising
  • State government procurement
  • Issue management
  • Lobbying
  • Political Action Committees
  • Strategic planning and communications

Who Are We?

  • Kurt Dettinger, Esq. - Former General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  • Steve Perdue - Former Government Affairs Manager, EQT Corporation
  • Gary Slagel - Former Director of Government Affairs and Director of Environmental Regulatory Affairs for CONSOL Energy Inc. and CNX Gas Company LLC
  • Mike Stuart, Esq. - Former Chairman, West Virginia Republican Party
  • Kevin West, Esq. - Former Managing Director, External Affairs, and Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, EQT Corporation and its predecessors
  • Gil White - Fourteen-year member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and former political liaison to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III

How We Can Help:

  • Lobby Executive Branch agencies regarding administrative rulemaking
  • Advise clients regarding state government procurement-related matters
  • Draft, monitor, and advocate for passage of legislation
  • Facilitate access to and meeting with federal and state policymakers
  • Prepare clients for testimony before legislative committees
  • Build grass root support for our client's projects
  • Shepherd grants through state and federal agencies
HOW WE HAVE HELPED
  • Lobbied Executive Branch agencies regarding administrative rulemaking
  • Advised clients regarding state government procurement-related matters
  • Drafted, monitored, and advocated for passage of legislation
  • Facilitated access to and meeting with federal and state policymakers
  • Prepared clients for testimony before legislative committees
  • Built grass root support for our client's projects
  • Shepherded grants through state and federal agencies
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Negotiated, drafted and ensured passage of significant legislation in West Virginia, including but not limited to:
    • HB 401 - West Virginia Horizontal Well Control Act
    • HB 4086 - West Virginia Ethane Cracker Property Tax Abatement Legislation
    • HB 4351 - West Virginia Mine Safety Reform Legislation
  • Successfully lobbied for passage of HJR 108 – 2014 Constitutional Amendment
  • Successfully lobbied for passage of HB 4184 – 2014 Tourism Development Tax Credit Reforms
  • Advised multiple clients and industries on SB 373 throughout the legislative and rulemaking process – 2014 Aboveground Storage Tank Legislation
  • Retained by major oil and gas trade association to lobby for pooling reform in West Virginia
  • Advised candidates, vendors, and independent organizations (including PACs, Super PACs, and 501(c)(4)s) on campaign finance, political advocacy, entity formation, and election law compliance issues