BRIDGEPORT – Thirty-three Steptoe & Johnson practice areas covering three states and four metropolitan areas have been ranked first-tier in law firm expertise according to U.S. News and World Report.

The 2011-12 edition of U.S. News "Best Law Firms" based their selection on a rigorous evaluation process that included thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers and law firm representatives. An unprecedented amount of data was collected, emphasizing the significance of Steptoe & Johnson's presence in this esteemed guide of law firm specialties.

Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings include:

Charleston

* Appellate Practice

* Banking and Finance Law

* Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

* Commercial Litigation

* Construction Law

* Education Law

* Employment Law - Management

* Energy Law

* Government Relations Practice

* Immigration Law

* Insurance Law

* Labor Law - Management

* Litigation - Construction

* Litigation - Environmental

* Litigation - Labor & Employment

* Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Mining Law

* Municipal Law

* Natural Resources Law

* Oil & Gas Law

* Project Finance Law

* Public Finance Law

* Real Estate Law

* Securitization and Structured Finance Law

* Tax Law

* Trusts & Estates Law

* Water Law

* Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

Morgantown

* Administrative / Regulatory Law

* Antitrust Law

* Appellate Practice

* Banking and Finance Law

* Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

* Commercial Litigation

* Construction Law

* Corporate Law

* Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation

* Education Law

* Elder Law

* Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

* Employment Law - Management

* Energy Law

* Financial Services Regulation Law

* Health Care Law

* Insurance Law

* Labor Law - Management

* Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

* Litigation - Banking & Finance

* Litigation - Bankruptcy

* Litigation - Construction

* Litigation - Eminent Domain & Condemnation

* Litigation - Labor & Employment

* Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

* Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions

* Litigation - Municipal

* Litigation - Real Estate

* Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

* Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

* Mediation

* Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

* Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Mining Law

* Municipal Law

* Natural Resources Law

* Non-Profit/Charities Law

* Oil & Gas Law

* Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

* Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

* Project Finance Law

* Public Finance Law

* Real Estate Law

* Securitization and Structured Finance Law

* Tax Law

* Technology Law

* Trusts & Estates Law

* Venture Capital Law

* Water Law

* Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Columbus, Ohio

* Natural Resources Law

Pittsburgh, Pa.

* Oil & Gas Law

U.S. News will feature the national rankings in their special Money issue, on newsstands and circulated within the financial sector by Nov. 15.

Steptoe & Johnson is a regional, business-focused firm with strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 230 lawyers resident in 11 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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