Firm Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America for 2020

Best Lawyers Award Badge
The Best Lawyers in America® ranked Steptoe & Johnson PLLC first in the U.S. in the area of Energy Law for the fourth year in a row.  Best Lawyers® also included 88 firm attorneys in its 2020 rankings in practice areas including litigation, energy, oil and gas, labor, health care, tax, and others.  They practice throughout Steptoe & Johnson locations in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Best Lawyers® also named 22 attorneys “Lawyers of the Year.”

Steptoe & Johnson is also top listed in West Virginia in 19 practice areas including: 

Health Care Law
Product Liability Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Real Estate Law
Mining Law
Water Law
Appellate Law

​Steptoe & Johnson attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America®.  Lawyers of the Year are noted by an *. Click on the name to view more information about that attorney.

Rodney L. Baker, II
   Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Laurie C. Barbe*
   Insurance Law
   Litigation - Insurance

Michael W. Barill*
   Tax Law
   Trusts and Estates

Kenneth J. Barton, Jr.*
   Banking and Finance Law
   Commercial Finance Law
   Commercial Litigation
   Corporate Law
   Litigation - Banking and Finance
   Litigation - Real Estate
   Real Estate Law

Rodney L. Bean*
   Appellate Practice
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Kathy G. Beckett
   Energy Law
   Environmental Law
   Government Relations Practice
   Litigation - Environmental
   Oil and Gas Law

Armando F. Benincasa
   Energy Law
   Energy Regulatory Law
   Environmental Law
   Litigation - Environmental
   Natural Resources Law
   Oil and Gas Law
   Water Law

Susan S. Brewer*
   Health Care Law
   Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Joseph C. Bunn
   Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
   Mining Law

John R. Callcott
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

James C. Carpenter*
   Commercial Litigation
   Construction Law
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
   Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Bryan R. Cokeley*
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment
   Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
   Mining Law

Melissa Devich Cochran
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Gordon H. Copland*
   Antitrust Law
   Commercial Litigation
   Health Care Law
   Litigation - Antitrust
   Litigation - Banking and Finance
   Litigation - Municipal

Lori A. Dawkins
  Commercial Litigation
  Energy Law

Patrick D. Deem
   Corporate Law
   Energy Law
   Natural Resources Law
   Oil and Gas Law
   Real Estate Law

Susan Llewellyn Deniker*
   Employment Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

G. Kurt Dettinger
   Government Relations Practice

Tracey B. Eberling
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Jonathan R. Ellis
   Mining Law

Sarah C. Ellis
   Corporate Law
   Real Estate Law

Louis E. Enderle, Jr.
   Corporate Law
   Real Estate Law

W. Randolph Fife
   Commercial Litigation
   Insurance Law
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Sharon O. Flanery*
   Energy Law
   Energy Regulatory Law
   Mining Law
   Natural Resources Law
   Oil and Gas Law

David M. Flannery
   Energy Law
   Environmental Law
   Litigation - Environmental
   Natural Resources Law
   Water Law

Michael E. Flowers*
   Commercial Finance Law
   Corporate Law
   Mergers and Acquisitions Law
   Real Estate Law

Robert D. Fluharty
   Energy Law
   Mining Law
   Natural Resources Law
   Oil and Gas Law
   Real Estate Law

Jan L. Fox
   Education Law
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Bridget D. Furbee
   Energy Law

William E. Galeota*
   Bet-the-Company Litigation
   Commercial Litigation
   Health Care Law
   Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Litigation - Real Estate
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Brian D. Gallagher*
   Construction Law
   Real Estate Law
   Venture Capital Law

Michelle E. Gaston
   Insurance Law
   Litigation - Insurance

Beth Rauer Goodykoontz
    Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants

J. Greg Goodykoontz*
   Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Andrew S. Graham 
   Real Estate Law

Craig A. Griffith
   Tax Law 

Vincent Holzhall
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Russell D. Jessee
   Commercial Litigation

Charles F. Johns*
   Health Care Law
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Craig L. Johnson
   Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Mauritia G. Kamer*
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Evans L. King, Jr.
   Banking and Finance Law
   Commercial Finance Law
   Corporate Law
   Financial Services Regulation Law
   Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Kurt L. Krieger
   Energy Law
   Oil and Gas Law

Edward L. Kropp
   Environmental Law

William M. Lane
   Trusts and Estates

W. Henry Lawrence*
   Commercial Litigation
   Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
   Energy Law
   Environmental Law
   Litigation - Banking and Finance
   Litigation - Environmental
   Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
   Litigation - Real Estate
   Natural Resources Law
   Oil and Gas Law

Jamie L. Leary
   Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
   Litigation - ERISA

Richard L. Lewis*
   Energy Law
   Energy Regulatory Law
   Environmental Law
   Litigation - Environmental
   Mining Law
   Natural Resources Law
   Water Law

Randall C. Light*
   Banking and Finance Law
   Education Law
   Oil and Gas Law
   Real Estate Law

David R. Little
   Energy Law

Steven F. Luby
   Corporate Law
   Tax Law

John R. Merinar, Jr.
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Edward A. Miller
    Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants

Ryan J. Morgan
   Energy Law

C. David Morrison*
   Appellate Practice
   Employment Law - Individuals
   Employment Law - Management
   Energy Law
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment
   Mining Law

James J. A. Mulhall
   Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
   Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

James H. Newberry Jr.
   Education Law

Roger L. Nicholson
   Energy Law
   Mining Law

Melanie Morgan Norris*
   Litigation - Insurance

Jeffrey K. Phillips*
   Energy Law
   Mining Law
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Bryan K. Prosek
   Corporate Law
   Mergers and Acquisitions Law
   Project Finance Law

Ancil G. Ramey*
   Appellate Practice
   Bet-the-Company Litigation
   Commercial Litigation
   Insurance Law
   Litigation - Banking and Finance
   Litigation - Labor and Employment
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Hannah Ramey
   Litigation - Insurance

Larry J. Rector*
   Criminal Defense: White-Collar
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Jason E. Roma
   Product Liability Law - Defendants
   Transportation Law

Robert E. Ryan*
   Railroad Law

Donald C. Sinclair II
   Transportation Law

Charles A. Sinsel
   Health Care Law

Christopher L. Slaughter*
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment

Alyssa A. Sloan
   Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Amy M. Smith
   Appellate Practice
   Commercial Litigation

Arthur M. Standish*
   Banking and Finance Law
   Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
   Bet-the-Company Litigation
   Litigation - Bankruptcy
   Real Estate Law

Frank J. Stanek
   Commercial Litigation
   Insurance Law

Robert M. Steptoe, Jr.
   Arbitration
   Bet-the-Company Litigation
   Commercial Litigation
   Employment Law - Management
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Construction
   Litigation - Environmental
   Litigation - Labor and Employment
   Mediation

John C. Stump*
   Economic Development Law
   Government Relations Practice
   Municipal Law
   Project Finance Law
   Public Finance Law
   Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Todd M. Swanson
    Utilities Law

Allyn G. Turner
   Environmental Law
   Litigation - Environmental
   Water Law

James W. Turner
   Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
   Railroad Law
   Transportation Law

Thomas A. Vorbach*
   Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
   Non-Profit / Charities Law
   Tax Law
   Technology Law
   Trusts and Estates

William J. Wahoff
   Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
   Employment Law - Management

Melissa S. Watkins
   Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
   Litigation and Controversy - Tax
   Non-profit / Charities Law
   Tax Law

Sherri S. Whalen
   Elder Law

L. Frederick Williams, Jr.*
   Corporate Law
   Mergers and Acquisitions Law
   Municipal Law
   Project Finance Law
   Public Finance Law
   Securitization and Structured Finance Law
   Tax Law
   Trusts and Estates

Kara C. Williams
   Energy Law

Monté L. Williams*
   Commercial Litigation
   Litigation - Insurance
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   Privacy and Data Security Law

Walter L. Williams
   Administrative / Regulatory Law
   Health Care Law

William D. Wilmoth*
   Bet-the-Company Litigation
   Commercial Litigation
   Corporate Governance Law
   Criminal Defense: White-Collar
   Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
   Litigation - Construction
   Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
   Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   Qui Tam Law

Richard M. Yurko, Jr.*
   Education Law
   Employment Law - Management
   Insurance Law
   Labor Law - Management
   Litigation - Labor and Employment