Twenty-One Attorneys Named "Leading Lawyers For Business"



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Steptoe & Johnson announces that 21 Steptoe & Johnson attorneys have been ranked as Leaders in Their Field by Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

In addition, the firm is again top-ranked in all five practice areas Chambers reviews in West Virginia.

"We are pleased that the firm is top-ranked again by Chambers USA in five areas of law. The rankings reflect the firm?s strength in key practice areas, and the designation of 21 attorneys as ?Leaders in Their Field? illustrates our dedication to client relationships and professional excellence," said firm CEO, Susan Brewer.

Steptoe & Johnson?s top ranking in all five practice areas studied by Chambers USA include:

Ranked first in Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia
Ranked first in Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Ranked first in Litigation: General Commercial - West Virginia
Ranked first in Natural Resources - West Virginia
Ranked first in Real Estate - West Virginia

The following Steptoe & Johnson attorneys are individually recognized by Chambers USA as ?Leaders in their Field.? Patrick D. Kelly, Randall C. Light, Joanna I. Tabit, and Walter L. Williams join their peers for the first time in this year?s rankings.

Rodney L. Bean - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Susan S. Brewer - Litigation: Healthcare - West Virginia
Bryan R. Cokeley - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Patrick D. Deem - Natural Resources; Corporate/Commercial; Real Estate - West Virginia
David E. Dick - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Louis E. Enderle, Jr. - Real Estate - West Virginia
Sharon O. Flanery - Natural Resources - West Virginia
William E. Galeota - Litigation: General Commercial - West Virginia
Patrick D. Kelly - Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare - West Virginia
Evans L. King, Jr. - Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia
Randall C. Light - Real Estate - West Virginia
John R. Merinar, Jr. - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
C. David Morrison - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Jeffrey K. Phillips - Litigation: General Commercial - West Virginia
James A. Russell - Natural Resources - West Virginia
Christopher L. Slaughter - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
Robert M. Steptoe, Jr. - Labor & Employment - West Virginia
John C. Stump - Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia
Joanna I. Tabit - Litigation: General Commercial - West Virginia
L. Frederick Williams, Jr. - Corporate/Commercial: Tax; Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia
Walter L. Williams - Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare - West Virginia

Each year, Chambers USA conducts in-depth interviews with clients to assess the reputations and expertise of business lawyers across the United States. Attorneys are ranked by their clients on qualities such as technical ability, professional conduct, commitment, client service and commercial awareness.

Chambers USA rankings are based upon the recommendations of clients and lawyers throughout the United States. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked on a scale of 1-6, with an additional ranking awarded to those considered ?up and coming,? and for lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.

Established in 1913, Steptoe & Johnson is no stranger to leading lawyer directories. Its attorneys frequently appear in surveys listing top practitioners. In addition to the 21 attorneys recognized by Chambers USA, 69 attorneys are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America? and 37 attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers?. The firm has also achieved an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell.

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a regional business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It comprises over 180 lawyers resident in eight locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.

About Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners, based in London, publish the annual Chambers USA America?s Leading Lawyers for Business. Top firms and top attorneys are ranked and their merits described ? usually in the words of clients the publisher has interviewed. For more information, visit

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