Steptoe & Johnson Receives Pro Bono Service Award



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Law firm honored with fifth consecutive award from WV State Bar

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Steptoe & Johnson PLLC has been awarded the Kaufman Pro Bono Award for the fifth consecutive year. The award was presented by members of the West Virginia State Bar during its annual meeting.  The Kaufman award recognizes a law firm for its outstanding philanthropic work.

Attorneys and paralegals throughout the firm donated nearly 5,000 hours of free legal counseling to help needy individuals and organizations that serve communities throughout the state. Legal Aid of WV, WV Senior Legal Aid, Habitat for Humanity, WV Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) and The Living Room of Morgantown are some of the many organizations benefiting from the firm?s philanthropic efforts.

"Philanthropy continues to be of paramount interest to our firm," began Melissa Watkins, Pro Bono Coordinator for Steptoe & Johnson. "Our attorneys and staff are enthusiastic and committed regarding their service to society, and we see it as our duty to help improve lives. Once again, we are honored to receive this award, and we look forward to continuing work in the community," Watkins said.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 230 lawyers resident in eleven locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas. Visit

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Jamie O'Brien accepts the Kaufman
Award from James Silkenat


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