Kathy G. Beckett
(304) 353-8172
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. University of Kentucky
Licensure: KY | WV
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Kathy Beckett has about thirty years of experience practicing environmental, regulatory, and natural resources law. She has a national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients. She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation. Kathy is a senior attorney in a group of 16 experienced environmental lawyers and technical professionals. She is active in many industry trade groups and serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee where policy issues impacting manufacturing, coal and natural gas are regularly managed. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Environmental Committee. Kathy has served in a leadership role with the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She also has experience in the Homeland Security and Emergency Response policy and law. Kathy is a board member of the Black Diamond Council for the Girl Scouts serving multiple states.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1997-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
1988-1996 Robinson & McElwee

Speaking Engagements

"Oil and Gas Industry Waste Management Practices Exonerated By Court," American Oil & Gas Reporter, Sept. 1998 "Oil and Gas Industry Waste Management Practices Exonerated By Court," American Oil & Gas Reporter, Sept. 1998

"EPA Calls for an 'Audit' of the Nation's Water Quality Program," American Oil & Gas Reporter, Aug. 1998

"Global Warming Protocol Needs More Study Regarding Both Its Science And Effect," American Oil & Gas Reporter, Jan. 1998

"Consolidated Environmental Regulation in West Virginia," 97 W.Va. L. Rev. 401 (1995)

"The Storm Water Regulatory Scheme: Washing an Industry Down the Drain?" 10 Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law 307 (1994)

"Abandoned Well Initiatives: An Examination of Recently Enacted Legislation in the Eastern United States," 14 Eastern Min. L. lnst. 20 (1993)

Key Experience

Worked with clients, community, and business leaders to expand the dialogue surrounding sustainability relative to environmental law, energy law and economic development in the Appalachian region
Represented environmental reuse company in redevelopment of aluminum reduction plant
Defended electric company against petitions by various northeast states to impose pollution controls on sources in the Midwest

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers 2017
Who’s Who Legal, International Environmental, 2017
Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, BV Distinguished, 2017
Selected for inclusion in "Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times, 2012
Phi Beta Kappa, 1985
West Virginia State Bar
Kentucky Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Environment, Energy and Resources Section, American Bar Association