Jan L. Fox
Member
(304) 353-8146
Office: Charleston
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Biography

When Jan Fox attended West Virginia Girl’s State (it doesn’t matter what year), she heard a presentation from a labor and employment lawyer and from that day forward, her career path was set.  Jan was attracted to the profession because it focused on people and it seemed that every day and every situation would be unique.  Fast forward almost 30 years, and her attraction to the practice of labor and employment law is still very much alive, and yes, every day and every situation is in fact unique.  Jan’s practice has evolved from a very intense courtroom practice to include more work as a daily trusted advisor for her clients.  Clients, mostly in-house human resources professionals, call Jan when they are baffled, when they need a shoulder to cry on, and when they are frustrated.  Jan’s calming nature paired with her legal knowledge is an effective and valuable combination for her clients. Jan has represented and counseled clients in almost every aspect of employment law, including reasonable accommodations, FMLA, FLSA, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination. 

Jan has an excellent track record of success in administrative hearings in circuit courts, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, federal district courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  When matters escalate beyond counseling and litigation occurs, Jan taps into her emotional intelligence and empathy, viewing the situation through the eyes of the jury, witnesses, and the plaintiff, all with a goal of building a winning defense.  

Work Experience

1992 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1985-1992 Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of West Virginia

Key Experience

Counseled employers on personnel matters and drafted employee handbooks and employment policies
Defended healthcare facility in allegations of unlawful termination and violation of the patient safety act
Defended employers in situations alleging interference with and termination due to FMLA use

Memberships & Awards

Professional
The Best Lawyers in America®
American Bar Association
National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
Employment Section, West Virginia State Bar
Kanawha County Bar Association
Distinguished West Virginian, 1993
Moot Court Board
Order of the Barristers
Graduated magna cum laude, West Virginia University