Steptoe & Johnson Opens Second Office in Western PA



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Firm?s Southpointe presence to support Marcellus shale exploration

Susan S. Brewer, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, announced today that the law firm will open a second Pennsylvania office on December 16 to support exploration and commercial developments related to the Marcellus shale.

Steptoe & Johnson?s 10th regional office will be located in the Southpointe Business Complex just off I-79 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania ? a hub for Marcellus activity. Kristian E. White, a member of the firm practicing in the areas of energy, real estate, and commercial transactions, will transfer from the Wheeling, West Virginia office to serve as Southpointe?s Managing Member. White will be supported by other members of the firm?s energy team and litigators including Russell L. Schetroma, Sharon O. Flanery and James C. Wright.

"Expanding our energy practice into Canonsburg and Southpointe reinforces our commitment to be closer to our clients to help them achieve their goals,? Brewer began. ?The addition of our Southpointe office allows us to bring know-how and advocacy to our clients and new businesses entering the Marcellus shale,? she said.

In September, Steptoe & Johnson acquired the energy practice group of the western Pennsylvania firm of Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C. Having served clients throughout Pennsylvania for decades, Steptoe & Johnson?s official presence in Meadville and Southpointe facilitates the continued provision of legal services to regional Appalachian clients.

About Steptoe & Johnson

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in ten locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.

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