PERSONNEL FILE: Fanok joins Dinsmore's Morgantown office

By Dickerson | Feb 10, 2015

MORGANTOWN – Dinsmore & Shohl welcomes Stephen R. Fanok to the firm’s Morgantown office.

Fanok will practice out of the Litigation Department with the Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

He comes to Dinsmore after serving for more than 25 years as the fulltime Morgantown City Attorney.  During that time, he addressed municipal legal matters on a daily basis and also litigated numerous municipal cases in circuit court and before the West Virginia Supreme Court.

He has extensive experience dealing with zoning and land-use, building permit regulation and municipal licensing and taxation issues that developers face when dealing with local governmental ordinances.  In addition to offering guidance to municipalities and other local government entities, he will assist developers and businesses in understanding and complying with local governmental ordinances and regulations. He is a former officer of the West Virginia Municipal Attorneys’ Association.

Fanok is originally from Morgantown and has resided there for the last 28 years with his wife, Kay. Prior to practicing law, he was an underground miner and later held management positions with two of West Virginia’s largest coal operators, where he specialized in personnel and labor management relations.

He earned his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law and received his M.S. in Industrial Relations and his B.S. in Business Administration from West Virginia University.

Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of more than 575 attorneys with locations in 18 cities throughout Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.  For more information, visit


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