Steven N. Royce


Growing up in Morgantown, West Virginia, Steven Royce knew that he wanted to make a positive impact on North Central West Virginia.  Today, Steven has the opportunity to fulfill that dream and work alongside community leaders and business owners whom he’s known most of his life.

Steven, who leads Steptoe & Johnson’s Consumer & Retail Financial Services team, assists banks and successful closely held businesses in commercial financing arrangements, buying and selling real estate and other assets, and providing general business advice. Clients appreciate Steven’s personal involvement in their projects, as well as his excitement for their success.  Steven is well suited for a fast-paced legal practice and is known by clients and colleagues as being flexible, adaptable, and willing to pivot, as long as the best interest of his clients is top priority

Representative Experience

  • Advised landlord and tenant clients on business operations related to COVID-19
  • Represented financial institution in commercial loan structuring and documentation for rural fiber optic infrastructure construction project
  • Represented locally owned professional services organization in the divestiture of business assets to national competitor
  • Assisted a non-profit business and a recreational park with the preparation of governing documents related to road maintenance and park oversight
  • Assist lenders in drafting commercial loan documents, including loan agreements, promissory notes, deeds of trust, and security agreements.
  • Assist business entities with corporate governance matters including drafting resolutions, operating agreements, and entity formations.
  • Serve as settlement agent for commercial and residential real estate transactions; draft and review various documents incidental thereto, such as deeds, easements, right-of-way agreements, and releases.
  • Counseled client on the conflicts and complexities of state and federal law regarding marijuana.
  • Obtained exemption for client’s commercial use of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/Drone) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


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


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, The Bartlett House


  • CALI Award – Insurance
  • CALI Award – Transactional Skills
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Real Estate (2022-Present)

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