Steptoe & Johnson Announces Attorney Promotions

Published: January 2, 2024

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys have been promoted, 10 to Member and one to Of Counsel, effective January 1, 2024.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of this group of distinguished attorneys,” said Steptoe & Johnson CEO Christopher L. Slaughter. “These talented individuals showcase a remarkable blend of legal acumen, unwavering dedication to clients, excellence in mentorship and leadership, and a commitment to elevating the firm. We look forward to the continued success they will bring to Steptoe & Johnson.”

Member Attorney Promotions

Charleston, WV

Evan G. Conard represents energy clients in litigation in federal and state courts. In addition, he advises energy companies on legal issues affecting operations and provides guidance to facilitate development of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

Colton C. Parsons focuses his practice on complex civil and commercial litigation across a variety of industries. Additionally, he represents clients in business transactions, bankruptcy proceedings, and collections.

Lexington, KY

Gregory A. Jackson has extensive experience litigating insurance coverage, employment, contract, and tort claims. In addition, he regularly represents buyers in real estate acquisitions and helps commercial clients run their businesses smoothly by identifying and avoiding potential legal issues.

Nathaniel R. Kissel focuses on medical malpractice defense litigation for hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. He also represents health care and energy company clients on premise liability, general negligence claims, contractual disputes, and collections matters.

Meadville, PA

Benedict J. Kirchner is integral to legal teams that service clients who are drafting, buying, selling, and developing energy assets in the Appalachian Basin and Texas. He also assists energy and other companies with supply chain, foreign investment matters, and international trade and related compliance issues.

Morgantown, WV

Charles R. Russell assists property developers, banks, business owners, and community leaders with commercial and business matters. He is skilled in drafting and negotiating commercial property leases, documenting and structuring commercial and residential real estate transactions, protecting creditor rights in foreclosures and collections, and assisting clients with buying and selling assets.

Pittsburgh, PA

Jarod A. Illar’s extensive background in complex commercial transactions allows him to devise solutions and rapidly advance his clients’ real estate and commercial transactions from inception to completion.

Southpointe, PA

Tia L. Churchfield is a seasoned transactional attorney who has experience with due diligence for energy industry transactions and has a background in the preparation of certified mineral title and certified division order title opinions.

Travis L. Irwin advises energy companies when they are preparing to drill as well as when they are buying and selling assets. Clients rely on him to handle large due diligence projects involving oil and gas assets, division order title opinions, curative title actions, limited title summaries, and full title opinions.

Wheeling, WV

Joseph D. Carpini focuses his practice on the areas of mineral title and energy transactional law. He is experienced in drafting and reviewing mineral title opinions for coal, oil, and gas clients. He has experience as an abstractor which proves valuable when preparing title opinions for energy clients.

Of Counsel Attorney Promotion

Morgantown, WV

Shelby A. Hicks-Merinar uses her background in labor and employment law to advise and defend clients in cases involving sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, disability, and age discrimination. She also provides advice on day-to-day human resources management.

About Steptoe & Johnson

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a law firm nationally recognized for its strengths in energy law with more than a century of know-how in the areas of business, labor and employment, and litigation. Steptoe & Johnson has over 400 lawyers and other professionals practicing in 18 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia. Visit and connect with us on X and LinkedIn.

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