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John Meadows’ friends don’t play team trivia against him because his encyclopedic knowledge of facts and details is a strong competitive advantage in the game, just as it is in resolving disputes. Clients like his business-focused approach, which he honed in the C-Suite of a Engineering Technology company. John knows the impact litigation can have on the bottom line and health of a business. His practice is focused on significant litigation for national energy clients, including coal, oil, gas, and renewable energy companies. 

 For natural gas producers, he has litigated disputes involving landowner complaints, environmental and nuisance claims, supplier and producer contracts, tax disputes, well-pad construction and development cases, and has experience in production and mid-stream project development and litigation emanating from construction and development activities. He worked on bet-the-company cases for a major oil company involving gasoline contamination and became intimately familiar with the processes involving gasoline production and distribution (ask him, if you have some time!)  He has litigated wind farm and nuisance-related renewables cases and won awards for his work in biodiesel (another hobby).  

John has significant experience as a litigator in cases in many federal trial courts, federal appellate courts, and specialty business courts, including matters pending before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel (MLP), including serving as defendants’ liaison counsel on the largest MLP case in the state’s history. In addition to his federal experience, he has served as counsel in state court cases in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  

Working with John clients learn that he is intelligent, compassionate, and a tireless advocate for their interests. While friends and family won’t play trivia against him, they do share his passion for food, travel, automobiles, and philately. 

Memberships & Awards

Super Lawyers® - West Virginia Rising Star 2012-14
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Master of the Bench, Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court
Alumnus, John Marshall American Inn of Court
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Winner of the WV Environmental Council Green Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007
Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition, Semi-Finalist, 2003

Key Experience

Defended client in class action involving alleged multi-state industrial and commercial contamination
Represented client in complicated construction defect and product design litigation
Assisted clients in asserting rights to use the surface under oil and gas leases with and without litigation

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2003-2012 Robinson & McElwee PLLC
2002 Summer Associate, Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC
1997-2000 Operations Mgr./Procurement Offr., MC-T for U.S. Department of Energy

Speaking Engagements

Energy Law CLE Update, WVU School of Law CLE, 2017

Energy Litigation CLE Update, Denver, Colorado, 2015

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, CLE Speaker, Pittsburgh, 2015

Energy Litigation Update, Texas A&M School of Law, 2014

Energy Law CLE Seminar, Denver, Colorado, 2014

Energy Litigation Update, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2013

Energy Litigation Seminar, U. of North Dakota Law School, 2013