Christopher L. Slaughter

Chief Executive Officer
Christopher L. Slaughter


Chris Slaughter is the CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. He was elected to the position in 2020, the culmination of a career with the firm spanning more than twenty years. His legal practice is focused on counseling and litigation. He advises clients on labor negotiations, contract administration, and structural changes that impact employment. He represents employers when they are faced with litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, arbitrators, state and federal courts, and agencies. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses in the construction, energy, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing industries.

Throughout his career, Chris has honed his proactive, consensus-based leadership style while holding a number of leadership positions. He is a past managing member of the firm’s Huntington, West Virginia office and was elected to multiple terms on the firm’s executive committee. He serves his community through leadership positions in his church and with organizations dedicated to the arts and economic development.

Chris is named among The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also a fellow of both the West Virginia Bar Foundation and the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully prosecuted civil fraud action against a former corporate officer, obtaining a judgment and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs on behalf of a corporate client
  • Negotiated labor agreements with a number of different unions
  • Helped employers control strike-related mass picketing, violence, and property damage through agency and court litigation
  • Defended employers in unfair labor practice charge litigation before the NLRB
  • Helped employers defeat union organizing campaigns
  • Represented employers in civil litigation arising from workplace accidents
  • Advised employers in OSHA and MSHA citation contest cases and workplace accident investigations, including accidents causing serious injury and death
  • Negotiated executive employment contracts with key employees
  • Defended employers in discrimination, retaliation, and workplace injury litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies
  • Assisted a large manufacturer through a reduction in force that impacted union and non-union employees, overseeing every aspect of the reduction from WARN Act notification to salaried employee evaluations to training managers to deliver the news to impacted employees
  • Resolved a whistleblower case for a public entity after the key witness and decision maker was impeached and removed from his office by a public tribunal
  • Advised employers engaged in strike contingency planning
  • Negotiated the severance of the CEO of a large manufacturer
  • Defended class actions presenting claims for benefits under employee benefit plans and claims for unpaid wages
  • Defended a coal company from a seven-figure contract claim over liability for Coal Act obligations

Licensed In

  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
  • B.B.A. Marshall University


  • Member, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Policy Committee
  • Member, American Foundation for the Blind Advisory Council
  • Member (Former Director and Chair, Associate Committee), Contractors’ Association of West Virginia
  • Member, Commerce Lexington (Kentucky)
  • Former Chair, Advantage Valley, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Member (Former Chair), Board of Directors, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Kentucky Coal Association
  • Member (Former Secretary/Treasurer), Board of Trustees, Huntington Museum of Art
  • Kentucky and West Virginia Bar Associations
  • Past President, Tri-State Society for Human Resource Management


  • Fellow, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2020
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Labor & Employment (2006–Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2021 Charleston, WV, Labor Law – Management, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Charleston, WV, Employment Law – Management, Lawyer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management (2011-Present), Labor Law – Management (2011-Present), Litigation – Labor & Employment (2011-Present)
  • Recognized in Law & Politics Magazine’s Virginia/West Virginia Super Lawyers®

Speaking Engagements

  • June 2018: “Supreme Court Decision Hands Defeat to Public Sector Unions”
  • May 2018: “Update on Labor Law Under the Trump Administration,” West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Meeting, Charleston, West Virginia
  • March 2018: “NLRB Vacates Hy-Brand Decision”

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