Colton C. Parsons
(304) 353-8166
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. University of Kentucky
Licensure: WV
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Colton Parsons’ practice focuses primarily on assisting upstream and midstream oil and gas producers on various environmental and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Parsons assists publicly traded energy companies with violation avoidance and in the rare instance of a notice of violation, assists with rectifying the situation. Additionally, Mr. Parsons assists upstream and midstream producers in emergency response to mitigate liability and ensure all applicable entities are notified.

Mr. Parsons also has experience on the regulation of hazardous waste disposal, as well as certain OSHA and PHMSA-related issues.  Mr. Parsons’ experience includes review of methane flaring regulations, OSHA liability at upstream oil and gas facilities, and radiation safety requirements for oil and gas producers in Ohio and West Virginia.

Work Experience

2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2016 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2011-2015 Patriot Coal
2005-2017 Self-employed Beef Cattle Business

Key Experience

Assisted engineering company in defense of engineering designs in negligence and breach of contract action
Represented coal operator and individual miners against MSHA in alleged violations of the Mine Act Section 110(c)
Represented coal operator in litigation involving fatalities where decedent’s estate alleges deliberate intent by the mine operator

Memberships & Awards

Order of the Barristers
2016 Baker Cup Winner
West Virginia University College of Law Bloom Scholar
CALI Awards: Administrative Law; Environmental Protection; Siting and Permitting of Energy Facilities; Seminar in Human Rights and the Environment; Transactional Skills; Science and Technology of Energy