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    John Pizzo isn’t afraid of hard work and has always been a problem solver.  Having spent over 20 years in the construction industry, John switched from that difficult line of work to a more intellectually challenging career path.  Although he is always willing to fight for his clients’ interests, John’s litigation practice is rooted in his belief that helping clients achieve their goals doesn’t always mean fighting and confrontation. John enjoys advising clients on the benefits and drawbacks of litigation, as well as developing alternative solutions.  John’s diverse client base are in a variety of industries, including oil and natural gas production,  coal,  pipelines, and construction. 

    Learning the value of time while in the construction industry, John is an effective steward of his clients’ time and takes pride in his personal track record of responsiveness and availability.  Colleagues and clients alike would say that John is a valued team member and trusted advisor who cares about what he’s doing and how it impacts the bigger picture.  

    Memberships & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," 2022
    The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," 2021
    CALI Award for Contracts
    West Virginia Law Review, Executive Articles Selection and Symposium Editor, Volume 117
    Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Volume 116
    Member, United States Supreme Court Clinic
    President, Lugar Trial Association
    Order of the Coif
    Order of the Barristers

    Key Experience

    Defended oil and gas exploration and production company before the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel in claims involving private nuisance and negligence relating to natural gas activities
    Represented publicly traded oil and gas company in a contract dispute over liability associated with horizontal drilling equipment
    Successfully represented oil and gas producer in suits related to failure of general contractor to pay subcontractor during construction of compressor stations

    Work Experience

    2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2015-2017 Federal Judicial Clerk, Judge Irene Keeley, U.S. District Court N. D. W. Va.
    2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2014 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2013 Summer Law Clerk, Judge Irene Keeley, U.S. District Court N. D. W. Va.
    2006-2012 Partner, Summit Associates, LLC
    1999-2006 Partner, Peak Scaffolding/Peak Contracting

    Speaking Engagements

    "A Court by Any Other Name: Preserving the Right of Diversity Removal from State Administrative Agencies That Emulate Courts," West Virginia Law Review, Volume 117

    “State and Federal Courts – Relationship and Interaction,” Readings on the American Judicial System, Chapter 6, pp. 77-95 (Michael Principe ed., 2016)