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    For over thirty years, Amy Smith has practiced in litigation, concentrating on appellate, business, energy, and class action litigation.  Ms. Smith has a broad range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts.  She is the leader of the firm's Appellate Team.

    Memberships & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2018-Present), Commercial Litigation (2020-Present)
    Board of Editors, Appellate Practice Journal, American Bar Association
    Appellate Practice Committee, American Bar Association
    Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
    Appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Committee on the Revision of the West Virginia State Bar By-Laws and Rules and Regulations

    Key Experience

    Appeared as counsel of record in several class actions and other complex cases in state and federal court, including gas royalty litigation, oil and gas leasing litigation, gas pipeline litigation, employment discrimination litigation, and wage and hour litigation
    Appeared as counsel of record in numerous state and federal appeals involving jurisdictional, constitutional, statutory, and procedural issues of first impression

    Work Experience

    1993 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    1993-1996 Adjunct Faculty Member, West Virginia University College of Law
    1992-1993 Brownstein, Zeidman & Lore, Washington, D.C.
    1989-1992 Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
    1987-1989 Law Clerk, The Honorable Leroy J. Contie, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, “What is Jurisdictional after the Supreme Court’s Decision in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago?” WVCLE Litigation Conference, Canaan Valley Resort (February 2018)

    Speaker, "2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," West Virginia College of Law, Solo and Small Firm Conference (September 2015)


    Author, “West Virginia Appellate Litigation,” Practical Law (Thompson Reuters March 2018)

    Author, “Litigation Overview: West Virginia,” Practical Law (Thompson Reuters March 2018)