Dallas F. Kratzer III


Dallas Kratzer joined Steptoe & Johnson after spending more than five years working in the United States Courts. His legal practice is focused on litigation, and his experiences in federal trial and appellate courts—including the Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States —help him advise clients in any situation. As a high school lacrosse coach, he has a unique perspective on the teamwork needed when working with clients in high-stakes litigation. Whether in the courtroom or on the lacrosse field, Dallas also recognizes how important it is to understand and predict an opponent’s behavior to succeed. Clients appreciate that Dallas can simplify complex and nuanced situations and present a logical solution to their problems. He believes that it’s best to approach everything with a purpose—and that includes defending his clients and advising fellow attorneys.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended the client’s right to arbitration in an appeal to the Fourth Circuit
  • Represented an oil and gas producer in state and federal proceedings in Ohio and West Virginia
  • Defended publicly traded international online retailer in matters involving purchases and fraudulent refunds, contract disputes, and property damage claims
  • Successfully moved to dismiss state civil RICO claims
  • Briefed and argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts

Licensed In

  • Ohio
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.A. Wheeling Jesuit University


  • Vice President, Main Street Wilmington Board of Directors
  • Assistant Coach, Wilmington High School Boys’ Lacrosse
  • Attackman, Cincinnati Men’s Lacrosse Club
  • Former Board Member, West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Judge John A. Field Jr. American Inn of Courts
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers


  • Who Bears the Burden of Liability? The Law of Joint and Several Liability, Setoffs, Contribution, and Implied Indemnity in the Eastern Coal States, 35 E. Min. L. Found. § 19 (2014) (coauthor)
  • Deliberate Intent Developments, W. Va. Def. Trial Counsel Ann. Notebook (May 2014)
  • Up, Up & Away: How Siegel & Shuster’s Superman Was Contracted Away & DC Comics Won the Day, 115 W. Va. L. Rev. 1143 (2013)
  • Associate Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 114)
  • Senior Managing Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 115)

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