Richard M. Yurko Jr.
(304) 933-8103
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. West Virginia University
M.P.A. West Virginia University
B.S. United States Air Force Academy
Licensure: WV
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Richard "Dink" Yurko concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law litigation and insurance fraud. Mr. Yurko has tried over 50 jury cases throughout the State of West Virginia and in federal court and has argued appeals in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Yurko serves as the firm's Education Law Team leader and chairs the firm's Ethics Committee.


Work Experience

1984 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Key Experience

Sought summary judgment on behalf of major energy producer, involving more than 100 cases and 200 plaintiffs, including multiple claims of negligence and nuisance
Filed numerous summary judgment motions in a variety of employment disputes
Defended Board of Education in high profile suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging violation of the separation of church and state

Memberships & Awards

Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation 2017
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Litigation - Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2019 Morgantown, WV, Labor Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Employment Law-Management, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute
Lawyer Citizen of the Year, West Virginia Bar Foundation 2002
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association
Employment Law Committee, West Virginia State Bar
National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
Former Member, Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section, West Virginia State Bar
Former Member, Board of Directors, Harrison County Bar Association
West Virginia Lawyers Disciplinary Board
Senior Student Works Editor, West Virginia Law Review