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Ancil Ramey concentrates his efforts in the areas of appellate litigation, having handled over 300 appellate matters, as well as matters involving commercial litigation and insurance litigation.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Mr. Ramey served as Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia for more than a decade.

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Litigation: General Commercial (2013 – Present)
Best Lawyers® 2019 Charleston, WV, Appellate Practice, Lawyer of the Year
The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2007-Present), Commercial Litigation (2006-Present), Insurance Law (2010-Present), Litigation - Banking and Finance (2011-Present), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011-Present)
Super Lawyers®
President, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2015-2016
Distinguished Service Award, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Distinguished Service Award, West Virginia State Bar
Distinguished Alumnus Award, WVU Department of Public Administration
Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Fellow, Institute for Court Management, National Center for State Courts
America’s Top 100 Attorneys
Member Emeritus, National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks
Member, West Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee
Member and Past President, West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
Counsel, West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board
Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law
Member, West Virginia Law Review
Member, Journal of College and University Law

Key Experience

Appeared as counsel of record in over 300 appellate matters, including cases in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Kentucky
Represented clients in various appellate matters including actions (1) challenging constitutionality of non-judicial foreclosure; (2) challenging constitutionality of statutory limits on non-economic damages; (3) seeking to establish cause of action for workplace stress; (4) seeking to establish per se violations of insurance bad faith statute; (5) seeking removal of co-trustee of testamentary trust; (6) seeking to establish police liability for naming of suspects in criminal investigation; (7) seeking tax refunds; (8) challenging bidding process for construction of office building for university board of trustees; (9) seeking access to confidential hospital peer review records; (10) challenging NCAA eligibility ruling; (11) challenging completed operations hazard exclusion in commercial general liability policy; (12) protecting CEOs and other high-ranking corporate officials from unduly burdensome depositions; (13) seeking class action relief against the State and its contractor for uncollected child support payments
Represented a number of clients, including banks, insurance companies, and other corporate and individual defendants, in various suits resulting in dismissal, summary judgment, or defense verdicts

Work Experience

1996 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1986-1996 Clerk, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Ramey has lectured extensively and published articles on a variety of topics, including appellate practice, evidence, criminal procedure, civil procedure, workers' compensation, judicial ethics, legal ethics, contempt, injunctions, habeas corpus, extraordinary remedies, punitive damages, government immunity, insurance, and bar admissions.