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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.


    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)

    Key Experience

    Briefed client’s right to take matter to arbitration in appeal to the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
    On defense team for Utica Shale oil and gas producer in matter claiming insufficient reclamation/restoration efforts
    Defended international on-line retailer in alleged property damage claim

    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)