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New Meadville Office in the Heart of Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

CLARKSBURG, WV -- The energy practice group of Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C. will join the regional firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. On September 1, CWS&S shareholders Russell L. Schetroma, David L. Hotchkiss, Glenn A. W. Thompson, and Alan R. Shaddinger will affiliate with Steptoe & Johnson. They will be joined by attorneys Brian J. Pulito, Nathaniel I. Holland, Mathew L. Sampson, Marygrace L. Reese, W. Mark Reese, Megan A. Mariani, and Zahava A. Cheropovich. Steptoe & Johnson will continue to operate CWS&S?s Chestnut Street office in Meadville, PA from which it will facilitate the provision of legal services to its regional Appalachian clients. Meadville is Steptoe & Johnson?s first Pennsylvania office. Steptoe & Johnson also has offices in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. The firm plans to open a second Pennsylvania office in Southpointe (Canonsburg) in the fall.

With the addition of Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug?s energy practice group, the rapidly growing Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team will field approximately 190 attorneys and paraprofessionals who provide legal services to Appalachian energy industry clients throughout the nation. Steptoe & Johnson?s energy group in the Appalachian region focuses on services to the energy sector including coal, oil and gas and renewables. Its attorneys regularly assist clients throughout the region with acquisitions and divestitures, financing, due diligence reviews, permitting, title evaluation, litigation, public utility law, FERC regulatory matters, mediation and arbitration, land use challenges, and midstream legal issues.

?Establishing a physical presence in Pennsylvania was a natural decision for our firm as our Energy Team comprises one of the largest and most diverse practices in the region,? stated Susan Brewer, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson.

Sharon Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson?s Energy Team chair commented, ?Our Energy Team currently provides legal services throughout the Appalachian Basin, including in the Marcellus shale, so our physical expansion into Pennsylvania and the addition of the Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug energy team strengthens our ability to provide timely and cost effective legal services on target with our client?s strategic objectives.?

About Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.
CWS&S was founded in 1972 by Stuart A. Culbertson, E. Max Weiss and Russell L. Schetroma. In the years from its formation, the firm has grown from three to 16 attorneys and is currently in the process of training 12 additional attorneys needed to provide expanded service to its rapidly growing, statewide energy law practice. In 2010, the firm began also servicing oil and gas clients in New York. The firm services its clients from offices and facilities in Erie, Meadville, Pittsburgh and Titusville.

E. Max Weiss will continue his individual practice as general counsel to the Meadville Medical Center and as a litigator and mediator with offices for the practice of law at 911 Diamond Park, Meadville, Pa., where he has been located since 1974.

Dearald W. (Bud) Shuffstall, II will continue his practice, initially utilizing the firm?s Titusville offices, in which he will be joined by Bruce L. Smith, Robert J. Felton and Christopher Junker.

Carol J. Powell, the firm?s current administrative coordinator, will assume a management position with Steptoe & Johnson.

About Steptoe & Johnson?s Energy Practice Group
Steptoe & Johnson?s energy group assists clients in competitive wholesale and retail markets to develop, operate, permit, finance, sell, and acquire energy-related assets and is active in energy-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Firm attorneys have worked in government, assisted in structuring and implementing the regulations governing competitive markets, and worked as in-house counsel for major energy companies. As a result, the group brings a comprehensive perspective to complex problems and efficiently crafts value-added solutions for clients. With nearly 100 years of hands-on involvement in the energy industry, Steptoe & Johnson has acquired deep experience and valuable knowledge of Appalachian energy law. Steptoe & Johnson attorneys routinely help clients overcome challenges to major national energy initiatives and are highly skilled in transactions, regulatory work, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, title and the environmental aspects of energy law.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. After the Meadville energy law group affiliates, Steptoe & Johnson will field more than 200 lawyers resident in locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Ninety of those lawyers provide services to energy industries. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.

For more information, contact Betsy Spellman, Director of Client Services at (304) 624-8000, or via email: betsy.spellman@steptoe-johnson.com Visit the firm?s Web site at: www.steptoe-johnson.com

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