PERSONNEL FILE: Whalen receives award for pro bono work

By Staff reports | Apr 28, 2015

BRIDGEPORT – Steptoe & Johnson attorney Sherri S. Whalen has been awarded the Kaufman Award for Pro Bono Service by the West Virginia State Bar.

Whalen received the award as the attorney who logged the most pro bono hours out of all attorneys in the state in 2014.  Whalen worked more than 124 hours on behalf of individuals and organizations in need.

“Steptoe & Johnson has a long history of providing pro bono legal services,” said CEO Susan S. Brewer.  “Sherri’s commitment to serving the people who reach out to her for help is extraordinary.  She represents all that’s good about the legal profession and we are very proud of her.”

Whalen concentrates her legal practice in the areas of elder law, guardianship/conservatorship law, estate planning, and estate litigation.  She is a former Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children in abuse and neglect proceedings and served as Steptoe & Johnson’s pro bono coordinator for three years.  She received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor’s degree from Juniata College.  Whalen is named among The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

2015 marks the second consecutive year a Steptoe & Johnson attorney received the Kaufman Award.

Steptoe & Johnson has more than 325 attorneys in 15 offices in six states including Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. For more information, visit

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