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Dallas Kratzer joined Steptoe & Johnson after spending more than five years working in the United States Courts. His legal practice is focused on litigation, and his experiences in federal trial and appellate courts—including the Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States —help him advise clients in any situation. As a high school lacrosse coach, he has a unique perspective on the teamwork needed when working with clients in high stakes litigation. Whether in the courtroom or on the lacrosse field, Dallas also recognizes how important it is to understand and predict an opponent’s behavior to succeed. Clients appreciate that Dallas can simplify a complex and nuanced situation and present a logical solution to their problem. He believes that it’s best to approach everything with a purpose—and that includes defending his clients and advising fellow attorneys. 

Memberships & Awards

Member, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Member, Judge John A. Field Jr. American Inn of Courts
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Senior Managing Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 115)
Associate Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 114)

Key Experience

Successfully defended client’s right to arbitration in appeal to the Fourth Circuit
Represented oil and gas producer in state and federal proceedings in Ohio and West Virginia
Defended publicly traded international on-line retailer in matters involving purchases and fraudulent refunds, contract disputes, and property damage claims

Work Experience

2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017-2020 Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2016-2017 Law Clerk to Judge Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2015-2016 Law Clerk to Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
2014-2015 Law Clerk to Judge Stephanie D. Thacker, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2013-2014 Associate, Jackson Kelly PLLC

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)