Joseph G. Bunn
(304) 353-8106
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.B.A. William & Mary
Licensure: VA | WV
See Education


Before obtaining his law degree, Joseph Bunn worked for a Fortune 500 company and a middle market company where he served in numerous roles involving strategic planning, capital raises, acquisitions and divestitures.  Armed with a deep understanding of the practical needs of business owners, Joe now assists clients in financial transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.  He also counsels clients in other strategic areas such as corporate governance issues and miscellaneous contracts.  Over the course of his practice, Joe has negotiated and drafted numerous transactions for buyers and sellers ranging in size from approximately $10 million to $325 million.  Recently, he assisted a client in the negotiation and implementation of a $92.5 million credit facility and assisted another client in divesting itself of “stranded assets” and their associated liabilities for cash consideration of approximately $325 million.  Joe’s practice primarily pertains to the natural resources, rail transportation, banking, and private equity industries. Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Joe worked for a boutique law firm focused entirely on energy and real estate transactions.  

Work Experience

2013-present Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2007-present Managing Member, The Ridges Development Company, LLC
2010-2013 Associate, Jones & Associates
2003-2007 Manager of Strategic Planning and Director of Finance, Central Coal Company
2002-2003 Business Development Analyst, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Speaking Engagements

Author, "A Justified Assault Upon the Citadel of Privity and the First Amendment: A Theory of Liability for Investors Seeking Recovery from Credit Rating Agencies," Puerto Rico Business Law Journal (2010)

Key Experience

Negotiated, drafted and implemented on behalf of a coal mining company the divestiture of its "standard assets" and associated liabilities for cash consideration of approximately $325 million
Negotiated and drafted $265 million membership interest purchase agreement between coal company and competitor
Negotiated, drafted and implemented $92.5 million credit facility on behalf of a coal mining company

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2019 Mining Law
American Bar Association
Chairman, Coal Subcommittee, West Virginia State Bar