BRIDGEPORT -– Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce that 88 of the firm's attorneys have been included in the 2013 list of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Ten of these attorneys are recognized for the first time. Once again, Steptoe & Johnson is a top-listed firm with 66 practice areas ranked by Best Lawyers.

Some of these practice areas include Appellate Law, Banking Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Energy Law, Environmental and Environmental Litigation, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Venture Capital and Water Law.

Those named, with practice areas, are:

* Laurie C. Barbe, Insurance Law

* Michael W. Barill, Tax Law; Trusts & Estates

* A. Neal Barkus, Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment;

* Kenneth J. Barton Jr., Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Health Care Law, Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Land Use & Zoning; Litigation-Real Estate; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Real Estate Law

* Rodney L. Bean, Appellate Practice; Employment Law- Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Ralph J. Bean Jr., Energy Law; Venture Capital Law

* Armando F. Benincasa, Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law; Water Law

* Susan S. Brewer, Health Care Law; Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

* John R. Callcott, Litigation-Labor & Employment

* James C. Carpenter, Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

* George E. Carenbauer, Government Relations Practice; Immigration Law

* Bridget M. Cohee, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants

* Bryan R. Cokeley, Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Vincent A. Collins, Municipal Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Securitization & Structured Finance Law

* Gordon H. Copland, Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Litigation-Antitrust; Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Municipal; Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement(SEC, Telecom, Energy)

* Patrick D. Deem, Corporate Law; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law; Real Estate Law

* David E. Dick, Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management

* Tracey B. Eberling, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants

* Louis E. Enderle Jr., Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

* W. Randolph Fife, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* Sharon O. Flanery, Energy Law; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law

* Jan L. Fox, Education Law; Labor Law-Management; Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* William E. Galeota, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Litigation-Real Estate; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

* Brian D. Gallagher, Real Estate Law; Venture Capital Law

* James E. Garvin, Real Estate Law

* Andrew S. Graham, Real Estate Law

* J. Greg Goodykoontz, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* Kelly Little Guice, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* David G. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law

* Ronald H. Hanlan, Litigation & Controversy-Tax; Municipal Law; Tax Law

* Sara E. Hauptfuehrer, Litigation-ERISA

* James W. Heslep, Workers' Compensation Law-Employers

* Vincent Holzhall, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Eric J. Hulett, Construction Law; Litigation-Construction

* Russell D. Jessee, Commercial Litigation

* Charles F. Johns, Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs

* Karen E. Kahle, Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigaiton / Class Actions-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* Evans L. King Jr., Banking & Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Thomas S. Kleeh, Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Paul A. Konstanty, Construction Law; Litigation-Construction

* William M. Lane, Trusts and Estates

* W. Henry Lawrence, Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Litigation-Real Estate; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law

* Jamie L. Leary, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA

* Lucien G. Lewin, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation-First Amendment; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Richard L. Lewis, Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law

* Randall C. Light, Banking & Finance Law; Education Law; Oil & Gas Law; Real Estate Law

* David H. Lunsford, Litigation-Trusts & Estates; Trusts & Estates

* E. Dandridge McDonald, Energy Law; Natural Resources Law

* Steven P. McGowan, Energy Law; Mining Law

* John R. Merinar Jr., Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Katerina E. Milenkovski, Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law

* Ryan J. Morgan, Energy Law

* C. David Morrison, Appellate Practice; Employment Law-Individuals; Employment Law-Management; Energy Law; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Mining Law

* James J. A. Mulhall, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* Gary W. Nickerson, Workers' Compensation Law-Employers

* Jeffrey K. Phillips, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Michelle E. Piziak, Insurance Law

* Robert D. Pollitt, Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Mining Law

* Nora C. Price, Litigation-Real Estate

* Patricia Proctor, Oil & Gas Law

* Bryan K. Prosek, Corporate Law

* Ancil G. Ramey, Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Larry J. Rector, Criminal Defense-White Collar; Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* James A. Russell, Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law; Real Estate Law

* Robert E. Ryan, Railroad Law

* Russell L. Schetroma, Corporate Law; Energy Law; Oil and Gas Law; Real Estate Law

* Charles A. Sinsel, Health Care Law

* Christopher L. Slaughter, Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Alyssa A. Sloan, Workers' Compensation Law-Employers

* Arthur M. Standish, Banking & Finance Law; Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy; Real Estate Law

* Frank J. Stanek, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

* Robert M. Steptoe Jr., Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation;
Commercial Litigation; Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Environmental; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Mediation

* H. Toney Stroud, Workers' Compensation Law-Employers

* John C. Stump, Government Relatioms Practice; Municipal Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Securitization & Structured Finance Law

* Joanna I. Tabit, Appellate Law; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

* James W. Turner, Mass Tort Litigation /Class Actions-Defendants; Railroad Law

* Thomas A. Vorbach, Non-Profit/Charities Law; Tax Law; Technology Law; Trusts & Estates

* Carolyn A. Wade, Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

* Melissa S. Watkins, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation & Controversy-Tax; Non-Profit/Charities Law; Tax Law

* Sherri S. Whalen, Elder Law

* Kara L. Cunningham Williams, Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions

* L. Frederick Williams Jr., Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Municipal Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Securitization & Structured Finance Law; Tax Law; Trusts & Estates

* Monte L. Williams, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Walter L. Williams, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Health Care Law

* William D. Wilmoth, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Criminal Defense-White Collar; Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-First Amendment; Litigation-Land Use & Zoning; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* James M. Wilson, Arbitration; Insurance Law; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* James C. Wright, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

* Richard M. Yurko Jr., Education Law; Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

Steptoe & Johnson is a business-focused firm with strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises more than 230 lawyers resident in 11 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas. For more information, visit www.steptoe-johnson.com.

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