Mark C. Dean
(304) 353-8105
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Mark focuses his practice in the area of labor and employment law.  He regularly defends employers – both public and private sector – in employment-related lawsuits in the state courts of West Virginia and the federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, as well as charges filed before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, he served as in-house employment counsel to the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2012-2014 West Virginia Division of Highways, Legal Division

Speaking Engagements

Co-author, “Reductions in Force: Factors to Consider in Order to Avoid Liability to Laid-Off Employees,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, FL, 36 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 375 (2015)

Key Experience

Sought summary judgment for a public university regarding allegations of race and sex discrimination under the West Virginia Human Rights Act
Represented clients in various claims of discrimination before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission
Litigated various employment-related appeals from administrative tribunals to circuit court, and from circuit court to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Memberships & Awards

Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 113
Senior Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review Vol. 114
CALI Award in Natural Resources