Dallas F. Kratzer III
Of Counsel
(614) 458-9827
Office: Columbus
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. Wheeling Jesuit University
Licensure: WV
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Dallas Kratzer cut his teeth in the courts, working for five years in the federal courts, including the Fourth and Sixth Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeals.  An avid lacrosse player, Dallas is as competitive on the field as in the courtroom and knows how important it is to understand and predict how  his opponent will behave.  As a law clerk, Dallas gained valuable insight into the “inside baseball” of the court system, as well as the most efficient and effective way to present a position and make a convincing argument.  Clients appreciate that Dallas can simplify a complex and nuanced situation and present a logical solution to their problem.  Dallas believes that it’s best to approach everything with a purpose  - and that includes defending his clients, enjoying a night at King’s Island with his family, or facing off with an opponent on the lacrosse field.

Dallas is temporarily authorized to practice law in Ohio pending admission under Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 19.

Work Experience

2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017-2020 Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2016-2017 Law Clerk, The Hon. Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2015-2016 Law Clerk, The Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
2014-2015 Law Clerk, The Hon. Stephanie D. Thacker, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2013-2014 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2011-2013 Research Assistant, West Virginia University College of Law
2011 Legal Aid of West Virginia, Inc.
2007-2010 Assistant Editor, The Catholic Spirit (Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston)

Speaking Engagements


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)

Memberships & Awards

Member, Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Courts
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholar
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Nine Classes
Alison H. & Patrick D. Deem Law Review Scholar
Jackson Kelly PLLC & John K. McClaugherty Law Scholar
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Law Scholar
Senior Managing Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 115)
Associate Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 114)