G. Kurt Dettinger
(304) 353-8152
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.B.A. Marshall University
Licensure: WV
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Kurt Dettinger is a businessman-turned-lawyer who cut his teeth in the business world as a corporate banker.  Mr. Dettinger's business background is integral to his ability to understand his corporate clients' business, negotiate commercial arrangements on their behalf, and propose practical outcomes that make business sense.  Mr. Dettinger focuses his practice in the areas of energy law, energy and financing transactions, and government relations.  In his legal career, he has worked primarily in the private sector, but has also dedicated a portion of his career to public service.  Mr. Dettinger joined the firm after serving as general counsel to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.  During his time in the governor's office, he chaired the West Virginia Marcellus to Manufacturing Task Force and was integrally involved in shaping energy initiatives undertaken and supported by Governor Tomblin.  Mr. Dettinger serves as leader of the Government Relations and Lobbying Practice Group.

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2012 General Counsel to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
2003-2010 Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins

Speaking Engagements

"Pooling in West Virginia - A Historical and Prospective Analysis," WVONGA Fall Meeting, Roanoke, WV, September 2012

"Investments and Opportunities Related To Marcellus Drilling in West Virginia" - Marcellus and Utica Shale Conference and Expo, The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV, April 1-3, 2012

"Transaction Documents in Shale Gas Transactions - a Panel Discussion," Steptoe & Johnson Acquisition & Disposition Seminar, 2012

Written and oral testimony regarding development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Charleston, WV, November 14, 2011

"West Virginia's Approach To Attracting Ethane Cracker Investments" - Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV, Fall 2011

"Evaluating The Market For Marcellus Ethane - West Virginia's Approach" - NGL Shale Infrastructure Conference, Canonsburg, PA, August 24-25, 2011

Contributing author, "Survey of Developments in the Law of West Virginia: 2001 Part One," 104 W. Va. L. Rev. 632, (2002)

Key Experience

Represented Fortune 500 company in realigning its mineral ownership in conjunction with a pre-divestiture restructuring
Represented Fortune 500 company in the acquisition of natural gas wells, working interests, and operating rights throughout the Appalachian Basin
Represented various exploration and production companies in acquisition and divestiture transactions

Memberships & Awards

Trustee and Chairman of Legal Committee, West Virginia Investment Management Board (appointed by Governor Tomblin for a six-year term: 2013-2019)
The Best Lawyers in America®
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
West Virginia State Bar