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Jennifer Hughes focuses her practice in environmental law, environmental litigation, energy law, and regulatory compliance. In her work, she represents clients at the state and federal levels. 

Memberships & Awards

Previous Board of Directors, Women's Energy Network- West Virginia Chapter, 2018-2021
Founding Member, Women's Energy Network- West Virginia Chapter
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce: Environmental Committee
West Virginia Manufacturers Association: Environmental Safety & Health Committee
Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV): Environmental Committee, Legal Committee
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF): Member

Work Experience

2023 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2022 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2007-2012 WV Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Legal Services
2005-2007 WV Public Service Commission, Consumer Advocate Division
2004-2005 Friends of Blackwater

Speaking Engagements

"Environmental Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines", WVCLE Shale Gas Law Seminar, Morgantown, West Virginia, Nov. 8, 2019

"Environmental Challenges to Natural Gas Pipeline Projects", WVCLE Shale Gas Law Seminar, Morgantown, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2018

"The Sierra Club Just Threatened to Sue Me: What Do I Do Now?", West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, Spring Meeting, Wheeling, West Virginia, May 17, 2017

"Lessons Learned from the Use of Correlative Health Studies Against the Coal Industry: Is the Oil and Gas Industry Next?", Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, Oct. 23, 2014

"Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation in West Virginia", Lorman, Charleston, West Virginia, Oct. 2, 2014