From left, Katherine Wagner, President of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, and Anne Hart, Chairman of the Board of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, present the award to Robert M. Steptoe Jr., CEO of Steptoe & Johnson, along with Gov. Joe Manchin.

CLARKSBURG -- Robert M. Steptoe Jr., CEO of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, was awarded the Lifetime Commitment Award at the 87th Annual Dinner of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce.

The Lifetime Commitment Award is new for 2006 and is presented to a person or company that has been a member for more than 50 years and has shown an outstanding commitment to active involvement in the chamber and the community.

Steptoe is a member in the Clarksburg office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and civil litigation.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, and is recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of labor and employment law. He is also recognized in the 2005 Chambers USA 3rd Edition of America's Leading Business Lawyers.

Within the community, Steptoe has served as President of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, President and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Harrison County, member of the West Virginia Ethics Commission, Board member of United Hospital Center, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as Trustee of the West Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Steptoe received his legal education at West Virginia University College of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Team. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, after which he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve and served two years on active duty.

Steptoe & Johnson, a multi-practice law firm, has provided customized legal services to business, industry, and public entities in West Virginia and the region for nearly a century. With over 160 lawyers and a support staff of over 200, Steptoe & Johnson maintains six offices throughout West Virginia. For more information, visit www.steptoe-johnson.com.

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