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For over 30 years, Kevin West's practice has been focused on the energy industry, both as an outside and in-house attorney.  His practice includes complex litigation, and he has taken several hundred civil and criminal cases to trial. For energy companies, Kevin has litigated complex royalty cases, midstream matters, and matters involving mineral title disputes. He has also handled asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions and regulatory matters. He has managed the governmental affairs process and drafted legislation regarding natural gas operations. He has also defended clients charged with violations of federal criminal laws.  Mr. West is the Managing Member of the Columbus, Ohio office, but also spends time in our Lexington, Kentucky office.

Memberships & Awards

Ohio Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Kentucky Oil & Gas Association, Board of Directors
Ohio Oil & Gas Association
Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, Kentucky Bar Association 1988-2004
Kentucky Law Journal, 1984-1986
Ohio State Bar Association - Natural Resources Section, Litigation Section, Criminal Practice Section
Kentucky Bar Association - Mineral Law Section, Criminal Practice Section

Key Experience

Obtained unanimous defense verdict at jury trial on behalf of an oil and gas exploration and production company in an environmental exposure matter alleging toxic encephalopathy and other personal injury claims
Obtained summary judgment for pipeline company in correlative rights dispute with coal company
Filed recent Ohio condemnation action in federal court for property associated with mile FERC interstate pipeline project

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2012 Managing Director, External Affairs, EQT Corporation
2008-2009 Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Equitable Prod. Co.
2007-2008 Vice President and General Counsel, Equitable Production Company
1990-2007 Partner, McCoy, West & Franklin (formerly McCoy, Baker & West)
1986-1990 Associate, McCoy, Baker & Newcomer

Speaking Engagements

Co-author, “Co-tenancy and Statutory Unitization in the Appalachian Basin,” Chapter 7, Energy & Mineral Law Institute, 39th Annual Institute, 2018

Panel, "Energy Development," Energy, Environment, and the Economy, 2018 Ohio State Business Law Journal Symposium, April 2018

Co-author, “Eminent Domain Authority for Midstream Pipelines,” Chapter 3, Energy & Mineral Law Institute, 35th Annual Institute, 2014

Author, University of Kentucky, CLE Kentucky Civil Practice Before Trial Handbook, 4th ed. (2016), Chapter 7 "Claims for Relief"

"Claims for Relief," Kentucky Civil Practice