Kristian E. White


Kristian White brings both financial and legal acumen to bear on his work in energy, real estate, banking, commercial transactions and business organizations. Also a CPA, White works with clients to develop business solutions that help them achieve their goals. White’s management abilities and leadership skills serve the firm well in his role as the Managing Member of Steptoe & Johnson’s Southpointe office located in Canonsburg, PA, near Pittsburgh.

Representative Experience

  • Closed acquisitions of real property for cryogenic plant, dehydration facility, and compressor stations
  • Represented a Fortune 500 energy company in the disposition of coal mining facilities
  • Represented major coal companies in hundreds of acquisitions of land for mining operations
  • Local counsel to E&P company on $300MM credit facility
  • Lead title and transactional lawyer on acquisition of 12-mile pipeline
  • Represented midstream pipeline company regarding land use, zoning, and restrictive covenants
  • Represented financial institution in Assumable Rate Conversion program loans
  • Represented financial institution in documenting commercial loans for pharmacy construction projects
  • Represented financial institution in loan syndications financing acquisitions of supermarkets
  • Represented country club in sale of golf course
  • Represented individuals in stock acquisition of a funeral home
  • Negotiated joint marketing agreement with Japanese trading company
  • Represented regional department store in $20MM asset sale to national chain
  • Wrote $323MM in loan title insurance policies for coal preparation plant
  • Represented land holding company in $2MM acquisition of 700+ acres including site of former industrial plant
  • Represented regional franchisee of fast food restaurants and convenience stores in site acquisitions
  • Represented land holding company in purchase of food processing plant for $1.35MM
  • Orchestrated succession plan for franchisee of a dozen restaurants of a national fast food chain
  • Advised manufacturer client on PPP loans amidst the 2020 pandemic
  • Dissolved and wound up seventy year old department store
  • Organized/incorporated multiple entities
  • Negotiated professional football contracts with member club of Canadian Football League and arena football teams
  • Negotiated management/training/promotion contracts of professional boxers
  • Wrote $110MM loan title insurance policies for mixed-use development

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia


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


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • West Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Title Insurance Agent, First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Stewart Title Guaranty Company
  • Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • NAIOP (Membership Committee 2020 – Present; Night at the Fights Committee 2019)
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • Lands Committee, National Mining Association
  • Board of Trustees, Oglebay Foundation, 2018-Present (Secretary 2023)
  • Board of Directors, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 2013-2018, 2020-Present (Chairman 2017)
  • Board of Directors, North American Coalbed Methane Forum, 2014-2019
  • Board of Directors, Pike Cubs Baseball, Inc., 2018-2020 (Secretary 2019-2020)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Washington Industrial Development Corporation (2015)
  • Board of Directors, Southpointe CEO Association, 2013-2015 (Chairman 2013-2014)
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Wheeling, Inc., 2003-2009 (President 2007-2008)
  • Leadership West Virginia 2004
  • Leadership Wheeling 2002
  • Board of Directors, Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, 2007-2010
  • Board of Directors, Personnel Committee Chair, Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc., 2006-2010
  • Board of Directors, The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, Inc., 2003-2009
  • Past-President, School Board of St. John Parish School


  • First American Title Insurance Company PA Agency Division Top Agent 2022
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Who’s Who in Energy 2012-2018
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2010
  • The State Journal, Generation Next 2010
  • Order of Augusta

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