Sharon Flanery Receives John McClaugherty Award from the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation



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CHARLESTON, W.Va.Sharon O. Flanery, an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, has received the 2017 John McClaugherty Award from the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), the organization’s highest honor.  The McClaugherty award honors an EMLF member who exemplifies a continuing involvement and commitment to the EMLF, the legal profession, and the natural resources industry.

​Flanery leads Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy and Natural Resources Department.  She oversees more than 200 energy and mineral title attorneys and other professionals working in 13 offices in six states.  Before pursuing her legal career, she worked as a petroleum engineer for several large energy producers including Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

Flanery has been heavily involved in growing Steptoe & Johnson’s presence in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions and its expansion into the Houston and Denver energy regions.  She has led teams responsible for numerous asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions involving millions of acres. 

She has been named among The Best Lawyers in America® for 2017, and earned top-tier ranking from Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  She has also been named a Female Powerbroker by legal news source Law360, a BTI Consulting Client Service All-Star, a YWCA Woman of Achievement, and is a past West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Italian-American Woman of the Year recipient.  

About John McClaugherty
During his life and career, John McClaugherty was a friend, colleague, philanthropist, and mentor to many young attorneys. He fostered their interest in mineral law and encouraged support of EMLF’s programs and projects.  Award recipients are chosen by a committee of all past winners.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a U.S. law firm with more than 300 attorneys and core strengths in energy, business, employment, and litigation.  Steptoe & Johnson operates 13 offices in six states including Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.   Visit and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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